Michael FreemanMichael Freeman who died on 24 March 2014

65 years ago, in 1948 Michael Terry Freeman was born to Jim and Lillian Freeman, followed soon after by his little sister Janet.

They grew up in Little Leighs, where Jim worked in the fruit orchards, and the children attended school in Rayne.  Jim’s employment took the family to Chelmsford, where Michael attended Moulsham School.  Michael was a popular boy making friends at school and at Boys’ Brigade.

On leaving school he took on an apprenticeship at Marconi Marine.

From the apprenticeship at Marconi’s, Michael went to work for Servis as a white goods engineer, and from there, he became aquainted with Barry Gwynne and began working for Gwynne TV in the 1980’s.  In 1994 he took over the business employing Rob as his first engineer and managed it successfully for twenty years, expanding from one unit to three and successfully supporting a growing team of employees.

Michael and his business “Gwynne TV” were well respected, earning the rights of becoming an official service centre from some big names including Sharp, Samsung and Sony and covering huge areas across the country.

Michael was excellent at his work, both as an engineer and as a Manager and a leader.  Spotting potential in his colleague Robert early on, he devoted much time and attention to steering Robert into the role of Manager, and very happily passed on the baton, as he retired in July 2013.  Michael’s sister Janet and brother-in-law Gerry, remember Michael on the day of his retirement – happy and relaxed.  He had done his job well, he had found a suitable successor in whom he had great confidence, and he was ready to pour his energies into full-time fun-loving in his retirement, though, sadly this was not really to be.

But it is a mistake to conclude from all this work, that Michael had not found time for fun along the way.  The truth is that he was always a fun-loving man, and had always lived life to the full finding time for both work and pleasure, with colleagues and family alike.