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Eugene Freedman

Eugene Irving Freedman

Friday, November 7th, 1930 - Wednesday, June 17th, 2020
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Eugene Freedman, 89, died Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at his home following a seven-month illness.

He leaves his wife, Claire (Heilner) Freedman, daughter Caren (Freedman) Wood (Michael), three sons; Charles (Shannon), William (Alyson) and Jonathan (Leanne), nineteen grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, sister Penny (Freedman) Weill and many friends.

Born and raised in Mount Vernon, NY, he was the son of Chauncey and Dorothea Freedman. He graduated from Davis High School and completed college in Plattsburg, NY at the State University of New York. In 1954, he began two years of military service.

He met the love of his life on a spring break from college in Bermuda where both claimed it was “love at first sight.” They were married three years later and cherished sixty-five wonderful years together.

He was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many callings. In 1997 after many years in Scarsdale, NY they moved to Provo, UT. He served as bishop in both locations. He and Claire served missions in both Germany and New York.

Gene was a lifelong entrepreneur, he ran a number of successful business’s, but the highlight of his career was working with and serving as a mentor to his sons in the family business Downeast Outfitters Inc.
His gift of loving and understanding people drew many friends throughout his life.

In passing on, he is united with his beloved son Richard, who died as a child at age seven.

Due to Covid-19, funeral services at Nelson Mortuary will be limited to family only, We ask friends to watch the webcasting at The family also invites ALL to attend at Eastlawn Memorial Cemetery Gate to form a “Second Line” behind the Jazz Band and proceed to the Gravesite.

If you would like to make a donation in lieu of flowers please send to: The National Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho, 3707 N. Canyon Road, Provo, UT 84604

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Wednesday, June 24th, 2020 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Nelson Family Mortuary
    4780 N. University Ave.
    PROVO, UT 84604
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  • Second Visitation

    Thursday, June 25th, 2020 | 10:00am - 10:45am
    Thursday, June 25th, 2020 10:00am - 10:45am
    Nelson Family Mortuary
    4780 N. University Ave.
    PROVO, UT 84604
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  • Service

    Thursday, June 25th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, June 25th, 2020 11:00am
    Nelson Family Mortuary
    4780 N. University Ave.
    PROVO, UT 84604
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  • Interment

    Thursday, June 25th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Thursday, June 25th, 2020 1:00pm
    Eastlawn Memorial Hills Cemetery
    4800 North 650 East
    Provo, Utah 84604
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Bob and Sharon Lape

Posted at 03:13pm
We are so sorry to here of the loss of such a wonderful man and friend to all. Even though we were not that close as friends, he always treated us as close friends, both back in New York and here in Utah whenever we ran into each other. Our thoughts have always been with the Freedman family and and always will be.
Bro. and Sis. Lape

Matt Crook

Posted at 11:33pm
At first I was saddened to learn of Bishop Freedman's passing. But this was quickly overwhelmed by joy. Joy for the time I spent with him as the ward clerk and later as the executive secretary while he was Bishop of the BYU 38th Ward. Joy for the good friend and escape he was to me. And joy that he finally gets to see Richard again.

Matt Crook Posted at 11:34pm

"escape" should be "example".

Matt Crook Posted at 11:34pm

"escape" should be "example".

Kathleen Young

Posted at 12:53pm
Brother Freedman made me feel so loved. He always greeted me with a smile and a warm hug at church. I loved him for that. I knew he truely cared. He will be missed by so many people. What a wonderful man is was and still is!
Kathy Young

Tom Griffith

Posted at 08:22am
What a man! An unforgettable man! I’m not certain I’ve known a more loving man. Gene and Claire were our neighbors and we served together in our Provo ward and in the BYU 9th Stake for a season. Gene and Claire had a powerful impact on the lives of the students Gene served as a bishop in the BYU 9th Stake. And they did so in their own gracious style and manner. The rule against hugging ward members was suspended for Gene. His hugs were the way he spoke love to others. How I will miss his embrace. An enduring image of Gene. While the rest of us would show up for the monthly bishops’ meetings with the stake presidency, Gene came in a navy blue blazer, a button-down shirt without tie, fetching madras slacks, and penny loafers without socks! It was not a statement of rebellion. It was a statement that he was comfortable with who he was: a man who loved others.

Karen Baird

Posted at 02:27pm
My dear Claire and family. How I love you. You and Gene are deeply rooted and treasured friends and I thank you for all your love and kindness. I am grateful that Gene is now with Richard and free of pain and suffering. He is a great man. May your sweet memories and the knowledge we are eternal families envelope you in peace and comfort. Hugs-Karen Baird

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