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Edward Freedman of Chicago, IL

Edward William Freedman, age 62 of Chicago, Excellent chef, legendary salesman, artist and music lover. Beloved father and very best friend of Catherine “Cate” Freedman, devoted spouse of Sidney Cristol Freedman, dear brother of Elizabeth “Betty” (Bradley Son) Freedman, fond cousin of Robert “Robin”, MD (Nydia) Freedman. Edward was preceded in death by his parents Edward H. (Big Ed) and Catherine E., “nee” O’Neill. He is also survived by his loyal canine companion Max Freedman and many other cousins, dear friends and co-workers. Funeral Monday, June 3, 11:00 am Chapel Service at Kuratko-Nosek Funeral Home 2447 S. DesPlaines Avenue, North Riverside. Interment Oakridge Cemetery, Hillside. Memorials to the Greater Chicago Food Depository would be appreciated. Visitation Sunday 2:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.KuratkoNosek.com. Info: (708) 447-2500.

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Dear Cate, Sid and Betty, I was devastated to learn of Eddies passing. I only wish I could have been there with you in person to grieve and to honor the life and the friendship of Eddie Freedman. There is no replacing an Eddie, he was an original one of a kind personality who first brought a magic and a joy in celebrating life to Erics basement back in high school, and way beyond. We werent super close, but Im so glad he was my friend. Thanks Eddie. Shine on you crazy diamond!

Ben Ingrassia Jul 15 2019 3:01 PM

Betty, Cate and Sidney, The short time between Eds passing and funeral were, unfortunately, too closely spaced for me to attend. As Ray expressed, above, I would have been honored to mourn with you. The 47 years mentioned above turned out to be almost eerily accurate. Sidney and Cate, thats when I knew your husband and dad. Betty, your brother and you meant more to us than the mob of other kids often in our store, as did your folks. Our 5 year age difference kept us from being buddies but not from being kept up on his happenings. News of marriage buoyed my belief the crippling loss of the folks had been overcome. Cate, your arrival brought your dad such happiness along with the knee-knocking all new parents experience. His career as a cook showed his concern for others. After all, what better way to support others than through food? But it was as if too many of the ingredients life supplied were wanting or sour and too few fresh and fragrant. Were not allowed to know when or why someone passes but, its easy to know why they lived. I knew Ed when he was whole and he was a good guy. Please accept my genuine condolences for the loss of your brother, the father of your daughter and your dad. He never stopped being the good hearted well intentioned boy, man, husband and dad.

Don Tankel Jun 20 2019 5:07 PM

Catie, Betty, and Syd: I feel like Eddie was the brother I never had. When I moved to Florida in 1975, I said, Ill see you in 47 years. So sad. All the way from going to Sox games with Big ed, and having a few at McCuddys, to visiting him in Macomb to watch a concert, and many times over the years. I was blessed to spend time with him when I flew up for game 5 of the World Series. Spent some quality time with him, and always stayed in touch. I remember the knucklehead fun we had and deep meaningful times. I know he suffered a lot of pain, mental and physical, over the years, and he was the epitome of the old Japanese saying: Fall down 7 times get up 8. He was a fighter to the end and we had laughed that the beat the over/under by decades. Theres a lot of hurt here, and it wont fade anytime soon. May his memory be for a blessing. Best to all. Im in Asheville, NC and cant make it tomorrow, but my thoughts will be there.

Bob Tankel Jun 2 2019 10:42 PM

Such a darn pleasure to meet Sid and Cate today. Im sorry that it was on the occasion of the saddest days of your life. Even though it had been 40 years since last I saw Eddie the guy remained resolutely in my heart. What you all knew in Ed as an adult was in fact there right back into his childhood, when, even all these years later when communicating with Ed online he immediately remembered my childhood obsessions with the New York Yankees and Mel Stottlemyre. The blood runs deep. And to meet Cate and see so many aspects of my old buddy, Im not made of stone, of course it made me weep as I did the other day upon hearing the news. I must have just wanted to believe things were getting better. I know its so hard to believe in this time of extreme grief but things will get better, I promise you. Thank you for the life of Eddie Freedman, this was one fine man. I love you Eddie, your old friend Ray

Ray Brettman Jun 2 2019 9:31 PM

Dear Cate: You were the consummate loving and supportive daughter of your dear Dad. We are so very sorry for your loss. He will always live in your heart. You was so proud of you and your many accomplishments. He wanted you to live your life; he would never stand in the way of your passions and goals. Keep on striving and setting goals; that is exactly what he would want you to do. We are here for you in every way possible. We love you so much and we believe in you and your many talents!

Kathy and Tom Haney May 30 2019 4:05 PM