Henry S. Freeman, 70, of Utica, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2016, in St. Elizabeth Medical Center, Utica, following a brief illness.
He was born on June 11, 1946, in Frankfurt, Germany, the son of the late Rubin and Molle Silberberg Freeman and attended Utica schools. He was employed with Bio Genic, Inc., Utica, making plaster molds. He retired after 25 years.
Henry was an active member of Congregation Zvi Jacob, Utica, where he was always relied on to form a minyan. He was a member of The ARC, Oneida-Lewis Chapter and very active with their self advocacy group. Henry enjoyed collecting model cars, especially Hess Trucks, and listening to the police scanner and became quite the "Scanner Aficionado."
Henry was a loving, gentle, peaceful, innocent soul. He brought joy to all those he touched. Henry will be immensely missed by all of his family and friends.
His is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Cindy and Gregg DeBartolo, of Delray Beach, FL; his brother and sister-in-law, Michael and Barbara Freeman, of Manhasset, NY; his nephews and nieces, Molle DeBartolo, Carly DeBartolo, Jason and Kim Freeman and Marissa and John Gowan; and his great-nieces, Emelia Freeman and Rose Gowan.
Henry's funeral service will be 11 a.m., Friday, July 15, 2016, from Congregation Zvi Jacob, 110 Memorial Parkway E., with Rabbi Howard Matasar, officiating.
The family will be available for visitation from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Interment will be made in Tifereth Zvi Cemetery, Wood Road, Whitesboro. Shiva will be observed privately by the family.
Contributions, in Henry's memory, may be offered to The ARC, Oneida-Lewis Chapter, NYSARC, 245 Genesee St., Utica, NY 13502.