Freeny, James Ellegood

February 01, 2006

Uxbridge - James Ellegood Freeny of 17 Arch Street died, Mon. Jan. 30, peacefully after a brief illness at the Milford Regional Hospital, devoted daughters by his side. Born into a well-known family in Salisbury, Maryland in 1910, he lived in Baltimore for 50 years before moving to Uxbridge in 1990 with his wife Jane (Coonan) Freeny who predeceased him in 1991. He had an early connection to New England attending the Mount Hermon School in Greenfield, Massachusetts as a young boy. During the Great Depression he ran track and field at the University of Maryland and was a member of the Alpha Psi Chapter of the Theta Chi Fraternity. Mr. Freeny, an Army sergeant during WW II, served as a medic with the Second General Hospital stationed in Oxford, England and went ashore in France on D-Day. During his long career as an industrial salesman with Tate Engineering Co. Inc., he was known for keeping giant assembly lines running when mechanical problems struck at Bethlehem Steel, Domino Sugar, and Glidden Paint in Baltimore. Mr. Freeny was an accomplished equestrian riding in many Eastern Shore jumping and point-to-point events as a young man. He had a life-long interest in gardening, furniture caning, and genealogy; was a member of the Uxbridge Historical Society, and in Baltimore was active in the Chatham Neighborhood Association serving as president. Locally, he was known as that "southern gentleman" who often introduced himself as Jim, because "Mr. Freeny was my father", or as "Buddy's father-in-law, not Jane's father". Those acquainted with him will remember his friendliness, kindness, sense of humor, China-blue eyes and bushy eyebrows. He is survived by daughters Jane F. Keegan of Uxbridge and Margaret F. Lagos of Flower Mound, Texas and their husbands Gordon and Gregory; seven grandchildren; one great grandchild; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family is grateful to Anita Masse of Douglas for loving care that permitted Mr. Freeny to live independently. Calling hours will be at Tancrell-Jackman Funeral Home, 35 Snowling Road, Uxbridge, MA 01569 on Thursday, Feb. 2nd from 4-7PM. A memorial service and burial in Salisbury, Maryland will follow at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to U Mass-Memorial Foundation: Breast Cancer Research, One Biotech, 365 Plantation St., Suite 100, Worcester, MA 01605. jackmanfuneralhomes.com.

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