[nfbwatlk] sad news

Albert Sanchez albertsanchez at suddenlink.net
Mon Dec 26 23:59:43 UTC 2016

Hi Marci and list
Gary Mackenstadt called me this morning to let me know about Mike's passing. 
I am overwhelmed with memories of Mike since I knew him in grade school at 
WSSB, even before his voice changed to that strong deep bass that was always 
recognizable in a crowd. One year he got a new coat for Christmas that had, 
instead of buttons/snaps or a zipper, a velcro strip closure. He took great 
pleasure in finding some unsuspecting little boy (call him Albert), and rip 
open the coat which made a sound like cloth tearing, and try to convince 
little Albert that he had just ripped his shirt. Then, after a great burst 
of laughter, he showed me the coat closure. He was always full of fun and 
devilment. I was one of those little boys that Mike took such pleasure in 
teasing, but, make no mistake, he was always ready to defend a schoolmate 
who had been bullied by some other student. I send my best wishes to Connie.
Bye for now,
Albert Sanchez

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From: "Marci Carpenter via nfbwatlk" <nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org>
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Sent: Monday, December 26, 2016 5:43 PM
Subject: [nfbwatlk] sad news

> It is with a heavy heart that I write to share the news that our friend 
> and long-time Federationist Mike Freeman passed away last Saturday.
> As many of you know Mike had been diagnosed with terminal cancer las 
> summer and had been undergoing treatment. In the last few weeks his 
> spirits had been high, his treatment had been going pretty well and he was 
> planning to attend the NFB Washington Seminar next month. In the end it 
> was his heart that gave out.
> Mike dedicated his life to helping blind children and adults realize their 
> dreams.
> Mike requested that there be no service so we will respect his wishes. I 
> will forward more information when I have it. Please keep Connie and 
> Shanti in your thoughts and prayers.
> Marci Carpenter, President
> NFB of Washington
> mjc59 at comcast.net <mailto:mjc59 at comcast.net>
> 206-604-5507
> The National Federation of the Blind is a community of members and friends 
> who believe in the hopes and dreams of the nation’s blind. Every day we 
> work together to help blind people live the lives they want.
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