Salem — Mr. John J. Freeman, 89, of Salem, formerly of Nahant and Swampscott, died peacefully on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at the Aviv Center for Living, Peabody, after a lengthy illness. He was the husband of Mary G. (Trainor) Freeman, with whom he shared 62 years of marriage.
Born and raised in Salem, he was the son of the late John and Belinda (Kennedy) Freeman. He attended Salem schools and was a graduate of Salem High School. Prior to moving to Salem 10 years ago, John had lived in Nahant and Swampscott for the majority of his life.
A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, John had served in both the Asiatic-Pacific and European-African Campaigns.
John had worked as a realtor, and had owned and operated his own business, first known as County Realty, and then John J. Freeman Real Estate.
A past president of the Essex County Real Estate Board, he was also a past recipient of the Realtor of the Year Award. John was the person who orchestrated the Town of Nahant’s purchase of the Nahant Country Club many years ago. A third and fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus, John had also been a Eucharistic Minister at St. John the Evangelist Church for many years. He was a devoted fan of the Boston sports teams, as well as an avid golfer and former member of the Salem Country Club. John enjoyed traveling with his wife, Mary, and tending to his plants, garden and pool.
A devoted father and grandfather, John was the father of six children, the late Anne Marie Freeman Massaro, Mary Lou Freeman of Canton, Paul J. Freeman and his wife, Donna, of Peabody, Thomas J. Freeman and his wife, Patricia, of Marblehead, John J. “Jack” Freeman Jr. of Nahant, and Joanne M. Wheeler and her husband, Richard, of Swampscott. He was the brother of James Freeman and his wife, Theresa, of Peabody, Thomas Freeman and his wife, Marion, of Danvers, Leo Freeman and his wife, Georgia, of Halifax, and the late Marion Mercier. He is also survived by seven grandchildren, Brian and Jaclyn Freeman, Matthew, Ryan, and Kristin Wheeler, and Lisa and Mark Massaro; two step-grandchildren, Daniel and Ryan Davis, a step-great-granddaughter, Vera Davis; a son-in-law, Paul Massaro; and several nieces and nephews.