Richard Freeman, of Keansburg, New Jersey, and formally of Monroe, New York, entered into eternal rest on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, due to complications of COVID-19. He was 86 years old.
He was born Feb. 14, 1934, in Queens, New York.
Richard was a proud Korean War veteran, having served as a Navy Seabee, and also served on the USS Aldebaran (AF-10).
Richard worked as a construction professional for more than 50 years, and was an expert in all trades. During his career, he served as a Construction Superintendent on many high-profile projects, including a hotel and hydroelectric dam, as well as many construction projects at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point
Richard was a man of kindness, honesty and integrity. A gentleman with a heart of gold who touched and enriched all our lives in so many different ways. He was a generous man with a gentle temperament, a sense of humor and quick wit that was loved by all who knew him.
He could talk to anyone and engage in conversation effortlessly with just about anyone he met. No matter when you called on him for help, he was always there for you. He loved his family with all his heart, and loved spending time with them. He instilled strong values and morals to his children and grandchildren. They will be forever proud of the father and grandfather he was.
Survivors include his son Marc Freeman of Keansburg, New Jersey; daughter Sharon Thorsen and husband Richard of Monroe, New York; sister Sandra Gezella of West Melbourne, Florida; three grandchildren: Sienna Freeman, Christine Thorsen and Eric Thorsen; and nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his beloved wife Clara; brothers Jack, George and sister Rita.
All of these he loved and touched deeply.
Richard was loved and respected by his family, friends and all those he knew. His sense of humor, sincerity, love, kindness and generosity will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched.
Due to the public health concerns as a result of COVID-19, there will be no services at this time.
Burial will take place privately and at the convenience of the family in St. Mary’s Cemetery in Montgomery.