Sidney Freeman, age 94, of Newton, on Tuesday, October 2, 2012. For 64 years, beloved husband of Estelle (Freeman) Freeman. Sidney Freeman was born on March 18, 1918. He was the much adored husband of Estelle Freeman, much loved father of Jacqueline Freeman, and Joanne Freeman & her husband Mark Klemer, and an overly proud grandfather of Ally Klemer. Dear brother of Helen Gursha and Shirley Himmelfarb and brother-in-law of Anne Morris.
Sidney was the owner of J.Freeman, Inc. located in Dorchester, MA. In 1927, it started as a small sign company that has grown into a major corporation with customers throughout the country and the world. He was not only a maverick, but Sidney was tremendously respected and a well liked titan in the industry. He was incredibly innovative and always there for his customers and competitors whenever he was needed. Sidney cared deeply for those who worked for him, and going to work everyday was one of the major joys of his life.
Sidney viewed and conducted his life from his own unique perspective, a perspective that led him towards passionate interests in the arts, music, and literature. His passions were infectious, and were not limited to one style or discipline. He loved to paint and was shown in various exhibits. His paintings were hung all throughout his office and were constantly bought by many of his customers. His interests and enthusiasm crossed generations, never restricted by the status quo.
Sidney was very clear in his beliefs and code of ethics, He had a deep basic belief in equality and fairness for all. He was involved in civil rights issues during the 1960's and 70's and imparted those basic beliefs of fairness and justice on to his children and grandchild. For him, these were not deep philosophical issues, but rather obvious injustices. He was concerned with the lives of the people who worked for him both in and outside the office and tried to help where he could.
Sidney was always mindful of looking out for the afflicted or underdog. His compassion for people also led him to volunteer after work at the Perkins School for the Blind. He worked both as a reader and running the school store.
Sidney was a Captain in the Air Force in World War II. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal by distinguishing himself for heroism, meritorious achievement and meritorious service. He was a radar specialist. When asked on his 90th birthday why he had lived so long he stated. "Because I have lived my life fairly and just, trying not to ever kill another living thing."
Sidney was a one of a kind. He loved children and animals and was always ready for a risk. For his own children, special days with him were adventures. He was nurturing, protective and caring to his entire family, but maintained the joy and innocence of child hood. His natural wit and humor could not be matched. Sidney was deeply loved by all that knew him.
Services at Levine Chapels, 470 Harvard St., Brookline on Friday, October 5, 2012 at 12:00 Noon. Burial at Sharon Memorial Park, 41 Dedham St., Sharon. Following the burial, the family will receive visitors until sunset on Friday and continuing Saturday evening after sunset until 9:00 pm and Sunday,1-4pm. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to
Combined Jewish Philanthropies, 126 High Street, Boston MA 02110.