Franklin Arthur Freeman Jr.

October 26, 1939November 10, 2020

It is with great sorrow we announce the passing of Franklin A. Freeman, Jr., 81 of East Hartford, son of the late Franklin A. Freeman, Sr. and Helen M. Freeman (Piccarello). Franklin was affectionately known as Chub to his Family and Friends. Chub was a Veteran, being honorably discharged from the U.S. Army. He was a member of the Laborers Local Union 230 and the Teamsters. He went on to work as a heavy machine operator with Brett Hope. Chub loved the outdoors and especially fishing. He was also an avid NASCAR fan. Leaving to mourn him is his longtime companion, Carolyn Dube Balch, son and daughter-in-law Kevin and Micki Freeman and grandsons Cameron Freeman and Joshua Meyers. He also leaves his sister Gladys Caye, stepchildren Patricia Dralle (Kurt) and Jeffrey Balch, step-grandsons Adam Balch and Cory Nenninger, cousins Irvin and Diana Piccarello and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves a host of friends he considered family; Rene Schade, Bonnie Schade, Tammy Rome and Frankie Rome and Amanda French who he considered to be his granddaughters. Besides his parents, he was predeceased by his brother Richard Freeman, sister Mary June McIlvane, brothers-in-law William Caye and Hugh McIlvane, and special cousins Steven Kulo (Scrufty) and John Kulo. Also, Michael Schade who he considered his son. We would like to thank the compassionate staff at the VA Hospital and Kindred at Home. We would also like to thank the East Hartford Police Department as well as the East Hartford Fire Department and EMS. There are no calling hours and services will be at the convenience of the family. D’Esopo East Hartford Memorial Chapel, 30 Carter Street, East Hartford is in charge of the arrangements. To leave a message of sympathy to the family, please visit



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Christine. (Hope) Castagna

November 19, 2020

Lucille, we are so very sorry to hear the sad news of Chub's passing. We have so many memories of him and Brett, from what seems a lifetime ago, that make us remember the hard work they did together.
Stay safe,
Chris and Vinny Castagna

Barbara Cotoia

November 17, 2020

Dear Cousin Carolyn & Family,

Please accept my condolences for the loss of your lifetime companion and father to Kevin.

I only met Chub once but remember him to be joyful. I hope as time goes on you can cherish the memories you have of him in happy thoughts and smiles. Until then I will keep you all in my prayers for peace.

Peace be with you.
Your Cousin Barbara

Diana Piccarello

November 14, 2020

I am so sorry for your loss of Chub. I know that you loved him very much because you took such good care of him and stayed right by his side during his health struggles.

I will always remember him in happier times, such as sitting in his man shed during nice weather or riding up and down the street on his John Deere lawn tractor with a big grin on his face and waving hello to me.

You can take comfort in knowing that he has joined his parents, brother Richie, sister June, Steve, John, and other family and friends who went before him. He will always be watching over you until you are together again.

God bless, love and peace to you and your family.

Karen Sage

November 13, 2020

So sorry for Chub's passing. May you find comfort in all your memories of the years past. I met him over 40 +years ago he always had a great smile and laugh. Good person to all. Love Karen and Brad

Bob & Pam Willette

November 13, 2020

Carolyn, we are saddened by your loss of Chub and send warm condolences to you and all your family. We wish we could be there with you. We are thinking of you and pray that God brings you comfort and peace.
With much love,
Uncle Bob & Aunt Pam

Christine Pinunsky

November 12, 2020

Carolyn - Your Mom Mary and Aunt Christine are sending our condolences of Chub's passing. His journey is now finished on earth - and now he has gone home to be with Our Lord.

Gladys - please accept our condolences for the loss of your brother.

Peace and love.


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