Carroll Freeman ’49
MILLINOCKET — Carroll William Freeman, Jr., 85, died unexpectedly June 15,2013. He was born Jan. 2,1928 in Auburn, the son of Carroll William and Catherine (Normanly) Freeman. A 1946 graduate of Edward Little High School, Carroll was also a proud member of the Class of 1949 at Maine Maritime Academy where he received a Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering. He also later received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. Carroll served as President of the Maine Maritime Academy Alumni Association. From 1949-1950 Carroll traveled extensively throughout Africa, the Caribbean, and South America as a Steam Engineer with Farrell Lines out of Brooklyn, N.Y. Upon his return in 1951, Carroll married Doris Vachon. The two moved to Millinocket where Carroll worked at Great Northern Paper Company while also serving in the United States Naval Reserve. He was the Groundwood Superintendent at GNP until his retirement in 1986 and afterwards, Carroll worked as an international paper industry consultant for the next eight years. He was Chairman for the Mechanical Pulping Committee of the Technical Association of the Pulp & Paper Industry and member of the Paper Industry Management Association.
For the past 63 years Carroll has been an active community member in Millinocket. He was a communicant of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church where he lectored, taught religious education, and served with the Knights of Columbus and the Finance Committee. Carroll volunteered many hours leading several area groups. He once served as President of the Katahdin Area Chapter AARP, and was a Board Member for both the Katahdin Federal Credit Union and the Millinocket Public Library. He also was a member of the Millinocket Municipal Budget Committee and volunteered with the Millinocket Lions Club and the Boy Scouts of America.
Carroll’s love of music led him to a local singing group, Dot and the HasBeens, where he was regularly recognized for his rendition of ‘Danny Boy’. A lifetime lover of sports, Carroll not only watched from the sidelines but played baseball and football at MMA and semi-pro baseball and basketball with the New Auburn Social Club and with Millinocket area teams, the Emerson’s Pills and Aggies in the 1950s.
Carroll is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Doris Freeman of Millinocket; daughter Linda Freeman Kilar and husband Fred of New London, N.H., sons C. William Freeman III and wife Sharon of Readfield, Maine/Treasure Island, Fla., John P. Freeman and wife Lavina of Millinocket, Kevin M. Freeman and wife Michelle of Scarborough, daughter Anne Freeman Walker and husband Eric of Naples; brother Thomas Freeman and wife Elaine of Lewiston; twelve grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and a multitude of nieces and nephews.
A Prayer Respect in the church and a Fellowship with the immediate family within the St. Martin of Tour’s Catholic Church lobby will be held between the hours of 9-10 a.m. on Thursday, June 20, 2013. A funeral Mass will immediately follow at lO a.m. Arrangements have been made with Direct Cremation of Maine.
Gifts in Carroll’s memory may be sent to:
The Class of 1949 Memorial
Maine Maritime Academy
Castine, ME 04421
Carroll William Freeman, Jr