Harrison Crowell Freeman
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North Andover - H. Crowell Freeman, Jr. was a loving husband, affectionate supportive father, devoted grandfather, respected probate court attorney, passionate birder and fisherman, generous philanthropist, a lover of opera, and an avid collector of art. He will be deeply missed by his wife, Kathy Stevens: his daughter, Rachael Freeman: her husband, Sam Slosek; and three grandchildren, Sophia, Ben and Eli Slosek as well as his brother Joe S Freeman and his cousins Hamilton and Jane Freeman.
Crowell spent as much of his free time as possible in Nantucket where he had strong family roots. An avid birder and fisherman, he was most at home in the natural world loving to be in his boat on the ocean. After retirement, he and Kathy travelled to the island often to visit with their grandchildren. They could always be found surrounded by family and friends strategizing over a game of cards or discussing the best places to fish for bass and go birding.

Born in 1940 in Hartford, Connecticut to Harrison Crowell and Pauline (Smith) Freeman, Crowell graduated from Brooks School in North Andover, Boston University School of Business, and Suffolk University Law School. Additionally, he served with the U.S. Army for three years in Fukuoka, Japan, where he fell in love with the country and Japanese culture.
As a probate attorney, Crowell was well respected in the court and often appointed by judges to represent clients. He helped numerous families and individuals in the Boston area navigate their challenges. This generosity of spirit became a theme that would carry throughout his life. His work as an attorney led him to volunteer as an attorney and board member at Elder Services Merrimack Valley (ESMV), to which he was passionately dedicated. He established the Protective Services Fund at ESMV. Crowell took much pride in his career and continued to work as an attorney in Boston until his retirement at 70 in 2010.
Crowell's sincerity and benevolence were unparalleled and he will be missed dearly by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the ESMV Freeman Protective Services Fund (Mailing Address: Elder Services Merrimack Valley (ESMV), 280 Merrimack St, Suite 400- Attn A Proli , Lawrence, MA 01843) or the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House Building Fund (Mailing Address: UUA Meeting House, PO Box 1023, Nantucket, MA 02554)
Celebration of Life: Saturday, March 21, 2020 at North Parish, 193 Academy Road, at 11 a.m. reception following in Parish Hall.
Published on February 27, 2020


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Carol Majahad
Mar 12, 2020
Crowell was a lynchpin for the North Andover Historical Society. He supported us as a volunteer in our educational programs and portrayed an unforgettable Parson Barnard at 17th Century Saturdays. He even became a weekly tourguide when we needed him most.
And though he was an important and faithful donor, it is his many hours of service that I will remember most. I will always be grateful for having the opportunity to know him. Rest peacefully my friend.
Deborah McGauley’
Mar 03, 2020
I have so enjoyed many years of friendship with Kathy and Crowell, and was honored to help them to navigate this last chapter of his life..miss your wit, intellect and friendship.. rest in wonderful lasting peace and bliss
John Clancy
Mar 01, 2020
I had the good fortune to have Crowell as a fishing partner many times with me in Canada. We also shared a fondness for Beach Plum Jelly and a love of the coastal waters and birds of Massachusetts. He will be missed.
Dudley Cunningham
Mar 01, 2020
I will miss Crowell as a friend and fishing partner.
Feb 28, 2020
Kathy, so sorry to hear this.
Many happy memories, especially of Tuckernuck and Nantucket.
So glad that your lives allowed you to reunite, marry, enjoy travels and grandchildren. Those were all precious years to build memories and nurture lifetime friendships.
He will be missed. Lean on me, friend, I am always here for you.
Frank and Sandra Stewart
Feb 28, 2020
Sorry for your loss.
Mary Stewart
Feb 27, 2020
I took these photos of Kathy and Crowell in March 2019 in their yard and June 2019 at Rolling Ridge when they were recipients of the North Andover Historical Society Lifetime Preservation Award.
Louise Borke
Feb 27, 2020
Crowell was a lovely man and I'll always remember how much fun he was to enjoy eating Japanese food with b/c it always resulted in stories about the trips he and Kathy had taken to Japan.