[Nfbnet-members-list] Sad News, The Passing Away of Mike Freeman

David Andrews dandrews at visi.com
Tue Dec 27 02:12:24 UTC 2016

I am very sad to have to tell you of the passing away of Mike 
Freeman. See below for the announcement from Marci Carpenter, 
President of the NFB of Washington.

Those of you who have used NFBNET in its various incarnations will 
know that Mike was an integral part of our success. He was an 
immediate and enthusiastic user of the service, when we went live in 
June of 1991. In those days you had to use a dial-up modem to get to 
our bulletinboard and there were only a few discussion areas, and 
lots of files. Later on I asked Mike, and Steve Jacobson, to assist 
with the monitoring of lists, as the traffic and number of lists had 
increased dramatically.  He did this, as a volunteer for many years 
and could always be counted on to help. As you know, he was President 
of the NFB of Washington for a number of years, and was President of 
our Diabetics Division. He also served on our R&D Committee, among 
many other things, for many years. Even if you hadn't met Mike, you 
probably knew him from his extraordinarily deep voice, as a human 
sign, at NFB conventions. I and others participated on a Conference 
Call with him this past Tuesday, and he sounded good, so this came as a shock!

Mike, thank you, and we will miss you!

Dave Andrews

Date: Mon, 26 Dec 2016 14:43:30 -0800
To: 'NFB of Washington Talk Mailing List' List' <nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org>
Subject: [nfbwatlk] sad news
From: Marci Carpenter via nfbwatlk <nfbwatlk at nfbnet.org>
Cc: Marci Carpenter <mjc59 at comcast.net>

It is with a heavy heart that I write to share the news that our 
friend and long-time Federationist Mike Freeman passed away last 
Saturday. As many of you know Mike had been diagnosed with terminal 
cancer last summer and had been undergoing treatment. In the last few 
weeks his spirits had been high, his treatment had been going pretty 
well and he was planning to attend the NFB Washington Seminar next 
month. In the end it was his heart that gave out. Mike dedicated his 
life to helping blind children and adults realize their dreams. Mike 
requested that there be no service so we will respect his wishes. I 
will forward more information when I have it. Please keep Connie and 
Shanti in your thoughts and prayers.
Marci Carpenter, President NFB of Washington
mjc59 at comcast.net <mailto:mjc59 at comcast.net>
The National Federation of the Blind is a community of members and 
friends who believe in the hopes and dreams of the nation's blind. 
Every day we work together to help blind people live the lives they want.
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