Always thinking of his family, Martin Myron Freedman 76, wanted us to be able to enter the New Year knowing that he is at peace, passing away on Thursday, December 31, 2020 in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Marty was born in Norfolk, Virginia. He was predeceased by his parents Ada and Morton Freedman and sister-in-law Sandra Freedman.
Marty is survived by the girl of his dreams, Judith Berg Freedman. He was an amazing and loving father to his three children Aaron and wife Pennie of Miami, Florida, Jason and wife Pamela of Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania, Rachael and husband Brett Trussell of Virginia Beach, Virginia. He was the most wonderful Papa to seven grandchildren Ari, Abigail, Benjamin, Lucia, Eli, Morgan, and Huck. He was a loving brother to his sister Sandra and husband George Keim, brother Ronald Freedman and sister and brother-in-law Ilene and Mark Snyder. He is also survived by his niece and nephew Michelle and Robert Fryman and their children Sean, Sydney, and Michael Fryman.
Marty attended Old Dominion University and graduated from The Medical College of Virginia School of Pharmacy. He was treasurer of Phi Delta Chi Professional Fraternity. While attending MCV, he met the love of his life, Judy, on a blind date. Judy and Marty married on Christmas Eve in 1967 and were inseparable for 53 years.
Marty was the proud owner and operator of Ghent Pharmacy. He loved being a pharmacist, helping others and becoming a friend to his customers. I think we were the only family that got excited for the flu season to see the pharmacy pill count increase as he would excitedly come home and tell us how many prescriptions he filled.
He served on the medical advisory board of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Hampton Roads for many years in addition to being an expert pharmacy witness. He was past president of Ohef Sholom Temple Men’s Club and volunteered for Jewish Family Service. He was one of the first male Cub Scout leaders in our area and went on to become a Webelos leader and then treasurer of Boy Scout Troop 66. He was so proud to have a part in both of his sons becoming Eagle Scouts.
After retirement, Marty continued to give of himself becoming the Pharmacist in Charge of the Virginia Beach Free Health Clinic and teaching the Pharmacy Tech class at Tidewater Community College. Judy and Marty were very fortunate to be part of a medical mission to the Dominican Republic each summer for several years.
Marty was by far the best husband, father, grandfather and brother. He laughed at the silliest jokes and always wore a smile. He was hardworking and fun loving. He ran everyday and completed the Marine Corp Marathon. He loved his ice cream and Hallmark movies.
Thank you to all the wonderful staff who provided care to Marty at Harmony of Independence and Amedisys Home Health and Hospice.
The graveside service will be conducted by Rabbi Rosalin Mandelberg on Monday, January 4, 2021 at noon at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens, King David section. In addition, the service will be live streamed at https://client.tribucast.com/tcid/63140174
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, please memo Papa’s Peeps, 6350 Center Drive, Suite 102, Norfolk, Virginia 23502. Your donations will go towards research that will help the first survivor to end the “Longest Day.” Altmeyer Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.
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