William H. Freeman, 80: Outdoorsman, priest served youth nationwide

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BRUNSWICK — The Rev. William Horne Freeman, 80, of Thornton Oaks, died Dec. 29 at Mid Coast Hospital.

Freeman was born in Greenfield, Massachusetts, on Sept. 26, 1934, to Perrin N. Freeman and Louise Horne Freeman.

He was educated at Deerfield Academy, graduated from Bowdoin College in 1956, and then attended the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He was ordained an Episcopal priest at St. Stephen’s Memorial Church, in Lynn, Massachusetts.

On Aug. 24, 1957, Freeman married Carol Brickett of Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts.

During his career, Freeman served churches in Lynn; Marshfield Hills and Westford, also in Massachusetts; Oakes and Guelph, North Dakota; and White Earth Indian Reservation, Minnesota. A major part of his ministry was working with youth, primarily by developing a program that allowed young people to enjoy camping trips throughout the country.

Freeman enjoyed outdoor activities of all kinds, especially fishing and camping. He was a proud member of Bowdoin’s Meddiebempsters, and an avid Bowdoin hockey fan.

He is survived by his wife, Carol; son, the Rev. Bruce Freeman and wife, Dana, of Cincinnati; daughter, Meredith and husband, Scott Caple, of South Berwick; and daughter, Jane Freeman and husband, John Lynch, of Markleeville, California. Also surviving are his sister, Priscilla Freeman, of Marblehead, Massachusetts; brother, Perrin Newell Freeman Jr., of Cortez, Florida; and five grandchildren, Audrey Freeman, Aaron Caple, Nathaniel Freeman, Alden Caple and Carl Freeman.

A memorial service was held Jan. 3 at Grace Episcopal Church, in Bath. Burial in the church memorial garden will take place in the spring.

Memorial donations in Freeman’s name may be made to Bowdoin College, 5 College Lane, Brunswick, ME 04011, or to Grace Episcopal Church, 1100 Washington St., Bath, ME 04530.

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