Torrington - Paul E. Freedman, 97, of Torrington, died peacefully on Aug 15, 2013 at his home. Born in Torrington on October 1915 he served honorably in the U.S. Army during World War II as a Staff Sergeant in the Quarter Master Corp. When discharged he came home to raise a family and build his home atop a vantage point on Mountain Road known as "Indian Lookout". For several decades he opened his property to the public, during the blooming period, to view the spectacular floral display of Mountain Laurel engulfing the property. Insurance regulations ended this during the 80's He was the last remaining member of the original founders of the Torrington "Christmas Village". Was the brainchild of the infamous "toy shop" where through his creative imagination developed a spectacular animated north pole scenario that marveled visitors. He loved entertaining all in this magical Christmas setting during his 35 years of dedication to the Torrington Recreation Dept. He was appointed by Mayor Powers (1966) to the Conservation Commission, the Land Trust, and the Beautification Commission. Thru his efforts several natural areas were preserved and protected from pollution and high density developments. After retirement he turned to music and dance. He and his wife followed the big band circuit up & down the east coast polka & waltz dancing, earning trophies and awards for his creative steps enjoying their polka family and friends; he also shared his passion by offering dance classes to new comers.
He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Mafalda [Muffy] (Pagano) Freedman- 93, brother John- 94, children- Lee and Linda, granddaughter Jodine and three great grand children. Funeral will be held at First Congregational Church, 835 Riverside Ave on Aug 31 - 11am, followed by a celebration of life in the dining hall. For more information on the life of Paul Freedman see: http://www.phalenfuneral.com/
Published in The Register Citizen on Aug. 24, 2013
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