Freeman H. Smith
April 25, 1925 – July 29, 2018
Freeman “Smitty” Smith, 93, passed July 29, 2018. Born April 25, 1925 in Windsor Ontario, Canada.
The only child of Charles Roland Smith and Theodosia (Mear) Smith. Preceded in death by his wife of 64 years Margaret “Peggie” Smith and survived by his loving family, sons Roland (Sandee) and Ken (Terry). Grandchildren Heather McGill (James), Shannon Woodrow (James), Kendra Smith and Nathan Smith (Amy). Great Grandchildren Seth Woodrow, Trent Woodrow, Rhys Woodrow,Jack McGill and Ernestine Smith.
Freeman was raised in Canada where he met his high school sweetheart Margaret. After serving in the Canadian Navy Freeman and Margaret were married at the age of 21. Shortly after being married they moved to Detroit where Freeman attended the Ford Motor Company Trade School. After completing school Freeman decided that sitting in an office all day was not how he wanted to spend his work day, so he quit that line of work and went into the outdoor home improvement business. At the age of 43 Freeman decided it was time for a change from the harsh winters of cold and not being able to work outdoors and the summers of working from sun up to sun down. Having visited Orlando through the years to see Margaret’s sister Betty he decided that was where he was taking his family. Freeman was introduced to the Viegle family through Betty’s son and learned about the new Beefy King concept. Having never had any food industry experience he was intrigued by the idea and decided that was the direction he was taking his future. Fifty years have passed and thanks to his dedication and work ethic Beefy King is now a Central Florida institution. Freeman took an interest in flying and decided to get his pilot’s license and Margaret was not to be left behind so they both obtained their instrument rated, twin engine certification. Throughout their flying career they owned 8 airplanes and flew numerous journeys covering the U.S., Mexico, Caribbean and Canada. After retiring from the daily operation of Beefy King Freeman and Margaret pursued their love of the outdoors through fishing and golfing. In the 90’s Freeman and Margaret moved to a golf community in Lakeland where they enjoyed new friends and adventures. In 2010 Margaret passed and Freeman moved back to Orlando to be with family and once again become involved with Beefy King. Up until the day of his passing at age 93 he would go into the restaurant every morning at 6:00am for the morning prep work.
Freeman will be remembered for his dedication to his family and friends. He touched many people throughout his life with kindness, love and an amazing Smile that will always be remembered. A memorial service will be held August 25th, 2018 at 11:00am at Baldwin-Fairchild Conway Funeral Home 1413 S Semoran Blvd. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to russellhome.org
- Memorial Service Saturday, August 25, 2018
Freeman H. Smith
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August 21, 2018
We were deeply saddened by the news of Freeman's passing, but are convinced that after his long life lived to the fullest he rests in eternal peace.
We have the fondest memories of the many wonderful years we spent as neighbors, but more importantly as friends of Peg and Freeman, in Cypress Lakes. He was always there to listen, to help, to take part in various activities and share our common love of golf.
To the three generations of his lovely family we wish to present our most sincere condolences and assure them of our prayers
August 13, 2018
I cut Mr. Freemans hair for the past few years. He was such a gentleman and always had a story to tell about his late wife and his family. I looked forward to his visits. He was such an excellent story teller and was always telling me about late wife, who he loved so much! I will truly miss him! Thanks for all the stories!!
August 8, 2018
met Mr and mrs smith in 70 's when i worked both at Photosound of orlando and the fire dept ,we enjoyed talking about we both came from michigan it was always a pleasure talking and enoying the Beefy sandw.
I have moved to Minneola fl but always when in Orlando Beefy King is my stop .
Son Roland just as great as Mr Smith and remines
me of his Dad.
Phillip WolkensMy thoughts and prayers are with his family.
August 4, 2018
Freeman and Peggy were such wonderful people. When they stopped flying at Orlando Executive and our business, there was a huge vacuum that no one else filled. It was great to see him again last year when we arranged to meet. I am glad he is with Peggy again for all time now!
Bob and Kim Showalter
August 3, 2018
I met Mr. Smith when I started my first job at Beefy King in 1979 through a work experience program.
He and Mrs. Smith became mentors to me. They taught me so many things in the restaurant that I still carry with me to this day.
Such as; no matter what detail of job you do, you do it to the best of your ability. Because the job you do, reflects who you are as a person. I always tried so hard to please them when we worked together. I loved them both as if they were my own. I consider it an honor to have been blessed by knowing Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
And, I will never, ever forget them.
All my love
July 31, 2018
Smitty was an all-around good person. Quick smile, generous spirit and generous nature. You do not meet people like him anymore. He loved his family and enjoyed life. He will be missed by so many people myself included. I am so blessed to have had him as a neighbor and friend.