on October 25, 2013 - 4:31 PM
, updated October 25, 2013 at 7:43 PM
Dec. 16, 1943 – Oct. 17, 2013
Robin B. Freeman, of Glenwood, founder of a computer consulting firm, died unexpectedly Oct. 17. He was 69.
The son of Middleport Mayor L. Stephen Freeman, he was a 1962 graduate of Royalton-Hartland High School, lettering in basketball and track and field. He also worked in his father’s business, L.S. Freeman Oil Co.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University at Buffalo and served in the 174th Infantry Division of the Army National Guard and the Army Reserve from 1967 to 1974, attaining the rank of second lieutenant.
Mr. Freeman began his career at IBM in 1967, then took a position at Tripi Foods in 1971. He started R.B. Freeman & Associates, a computer software and systems consulting firm, in 1974, doing consulting work with Tripi Foods, International Filler and Derrick Manufacturing, where he had an ongoing association at the time of his death.
A resident of Craneridge in Glenwood since 1975, he served several years as president of the Craneridge Homeowners Association and was active in a variety of community affairs.
For the past eight years, he volunteered at the information desk at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and always made sure there was candy at the desk. Recently, he and another volunteer began bringing roses to patients on Fridays.
His friends and family have created the Rob Freeman Memorial Candy Man Fund to continue his traditions at Roswell Park.
He enjoyed volleyball, nature walks, sailing and photography.
Survivors include his wife of 20 years, the former Jan M. Isaac; three daughters, Marnie Stober, Amanda Crow and Marla Johnson; and a brother, L. Stephen Jr.
A celebration of his life will be at 11 a.m. today in St. John Vianney Chapel at Christ the King Seminary, 711 Knox Road, East Aurora.