[nfbwatlk] sad news
semisweetdebby at gmail.com
Wed Dec 28 03:45:38 UTC 2016
Hi Albert, and all, this is a very sad time. I know for myself that I was hoping to see Mike one more time, to get one more of his great hugs. One of my funniest memories of Mike was when I was a young girl at the School for the Blind in Oregon. The school had a summer program and there were a few students from Vancouver who came. One early evening I was calling my parents from a phone booth near the local drugstore not far from the OSB campus. Mike and David Hyde tried to tip the phone booth over with me in it. They wouldn't have tipped it all the way, they were laughing hysterically and I was screaming and laughing too. All I can say is thanks for the memory. Debby
On Dec 26, 2016 3:59 PM, Albert Sanchez via nfbwatlk <nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> 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
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Marci Carpenter via nfbwatlk" <nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org>
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> Cc: "Marci Carpenter" <mjc59 at comcast.net>
> 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 nations blind. Every day we
> > work together to help blind people live the lives they want.
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