Obituary of Freeman White
With profound sadness the family of Freeman White announces his passing at home in Lewisporte NL on December 3rd, 2022, following a brief illness.
Forever left with amazing and loving memories are his beloved wife Roma and their children; Philip (Martina), Ashley (Max Kostow), cherished grandson Roman Freeman Kostow and predeceased son Charles (twin brother of Philip). Siblings: Cyril (Geraldine), Mary Moore, Gladys (Randy Barnes), Lem (Paulette Wheeler). In-laws: Father in Law Sidney Butler, Judi Blackmore, Joan (Walter Hodder), Glen (Christine Butler), Scott (Tena Butler), Beverly (Peter Rockwood) and a large circle of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends near and far, including Mickey and Clare Kostow.
Freeman had an illustrious and very successful career that began in the broadcasting industry at the Newfoundland Broadcasting Company, where he honed his distinct communication skills as a radio host, television personality and journalist. Always fascinated by politics, he made a career change and was elected to two terms as Member of the House of Assembly representing Lewisporte District and went on to work as a Senior Communications Consultant with the Government of Canada in Ottawa.
The family moved to Ontario in the mid 1980's where Freeman became a dominant force in outdoor advertising in Toronto, starting with The Pixelboard Network as Director Business Development. He went on to become the Vice President of Clear Channel Outdoor where he was largely responsible for the transformation to digital outdoor advertising, reshaping the famous Yonge and Dundas Square development in Toronto and as well, all major airports in Canada. Freeman was revered and respected by his peers and colleagues in every aspect of his professional life.
In 2015, Freeman and Roma semi-retired to Newfoundland where they built a property overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on Notre Dame Bay in Lewisporte; Freeman’s favourite place on earth and where he was when he passed. During retirement they continued to travel, including to Asia to visit their son and daughter in law, and to New York City and California to visit their daughter and her family.
Freeman had presence; he was handsome and gallant with deep charisma, charm and a healthy dose of mystery. Always an optimist, he lived life large and on his own terms. He was an ever-curious adventurer and explorer, travelling to over 32 countries with his loved ones. He was a gourmet, loved to entertain and was a masterful cook. He had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and was a voracious reader with the quick wit and a fierce intellect to match. He loved a good time and wanted everyone around him to be happy. He loved oceans, lakes, bays and thoroughly enjoyed boating especially on Notre Dame Bay, Georgian Bay ON, and down the Atlantic Coast. His biggest passion however, was being around his family whom he truly adored, showered with affection and supported unconditionally.
Our hearts are broken and though he left us unexpectedly and much too soon, he lived an amazing life, he loved and was loved deeply and it was always an adventure. He had a great run. We are grateful beyond words that he was our Husband, Father, Brother, Uncle and Papa.
His life will be celebrated during a private gathering at the family residence. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Salvation Army or a charity of your choice.
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