Leon Samuel Freeman passed away quietly on July 18, 2017, in Morristown, NJ. He was 89 years old. He leaves behind his loving wife, June; his daughters, Conde and Kit; son in-law, Kevin; four grandchildren, Katie, Trent, Sam and CJ; other family members and many close friends. He joins his deceased son, Frank.
Leon was born in Morristown, New Jersey at his family home on September 18, 1927. A naturalist at heart, Leon spent much of his youth exploring the outdoors, hunting and fishing. His interest in nature led him to earn a degree in geology from University of Virginia. He was a first lieutenant in the Army; pursued a career in finance, and retired in 1987.
After retirement, he became involved in several volunteer organizations including: Retired Men's Association of Greenwich, Greenwich Hospital, and later at the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Leon was also a Fish and Game Warden at Todd's Point in Old Greenwich, and helped low income families with tax preparation. He was most proud of the help and assistance he gave to others.
He was an avid golfer and tennis player, and enjoying playing both at Innis Arden Golf Club with the love of his life, June Lynn Freeman. They were married in June, 1977 in Old Greenwich, CT, where they lived until moving to Basking Ridge in 2014.
Among his proudest accomplishments was his involvement in starting Industrial Little League in Monterrey, Mexico. The team went on to win the Little League World Series in 1957 and 1958.
Leon will be remembered by those who knew him for his wry wit, his bad puns, a practical, no-nonsense approach to life, humility and deep friendships. He was an old-fashioned gentleman.
Services are held at 2:00 pm, Sunday, July 23, at Fellowship Village, 8000 Fellowship Rd., Basking Ridge, NJ. For further information please contact Gallaway and Crane Funeral Home, or to light an online condolence candle for the family visit www.gcfuneralhome.com
Another Remembrance will be held in September, at First Congregational Church, Old Greenwich, CT.
Donations in Leon's name can be made to The Raptor Trust, Millington, NJ, or The Special Olympics, Trenton, New Jersey.