Enduring Gratitude for Howard Freeman


Last week, we lost Howard Freeman to a valiant fight against cancer—a fight that spanned several years, with diagnosis, remission, recurrence, and an aggressive and courageous treatment regimen.

You would never know because he didn’t dwell on it. He was that kind of person. Howard exhibited the same kind of quiet courage when he took over as Chairman of the Utility Commission, having only served as Commissioner for a short period of time. Not really knowing all of what would be required of him, Howard leaned into the Chairmanship anyway.

Howard served as a valuable partner to the Board of Selectmen and Town Council, and together with the Commissioners, led us to progress in a number of areas. Howard worked with JoAnne Kennedy to sign the town up for Solarize Connecticut. They found a great contractor for Solarize, and then sold the program out. Howard and Tom Tesluk led us away from the individual tower approach to a more comprehensive wireless solution, then obtained funding for resources. And lastly, Howard and Scott LaShelle moved the ball with Yankee Gas, and then acquired great patience as they waited for a plan.

Howard was a pleasure to work with. He left his mark on our community as Commissioner and Chairman, and as a member of the Exchange Club. He leaves behind a great legacy, many family and friends, and a saddened Commission.

Dan Welch

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