We are saddened to announce the passing of Jonathan Wade Freedman, Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, at the age of 50. The cherished husband of Melissa Freedman and the loving father of Bailey Freedman and Leo Freedman, stepfather of Michael Baker and Victoria Baker, and father-in-law to Rachel Baker and Kyle Haugen.
He is also survived by his parents, Dan and Pat Freedman, and Noreen and Robert Lytikainen; in-laws Paul and Diana Gray; his siblings, stepsiblings, and their spouses Lance, Mike, Kathy, Laura, Gabriel, Jennifer, Martha, Mihn, Carl, Kim, Mark, Erik and Lysa; many nieces and nephews; and his first grandson, Tripp Baker.
Jon was extremely dedicated to his family and community. He loved to spend time with his wife and children, and looked forward to any opportunity to get together with their beautiful blended family which spread across three states. Jon enjoyed snow skiing, kayaking and hosting game nights with his wife Melissa, sailing with his father Dan, and fishing and attending sporting events with family and friends. He liked talking politics, taking on new challenges, and playing words with friends (especially with his Aunt Pat).
Jon helped family and friends with many projects and his son Leo loved helping Daddy “fix it.” Jon was involved in several community groups and participated in regular poker nights with the Temple Bat Yam men’s club as well as basketball and cigar nights with his Bay Forest neighbors. He also loved giving back to his community including volunteering with his wife Melissa and daughter Bailey at food pantries in Maryland and Delaware.
Jon was an avid traveler and had many future travel plans with his wife and family, including celebrating his in-laws’ 50th wedding anniversary in the Bahamas, a trip to Italy, skiing out west, and many small trips across the state to visit their large extended family and friends. Some of Jon’s favorite past trips included backpacking across Europe with his older brother Mike, a trip to Thailand with his younger brother Lance, and a joint 50th birthday cruise to Bermuda that he shared with his stepsister Laura and a group of family and friends last summer.
Jon was also very passionate about his work and dedicated to his career. He graduated from Arizona State University in 1994 with a bachelor of science in finance and held numerous certifications in his field. Jon worked in the energy field for more than 20 years, most recently as a leader on the National Accounts Team at Constellation Energy. He received multiple awards for his contributions as a top producer with Constellation Energy and was recently asked to serve on their advisory board. Jon genuinely enjoyed being a member of the Constellation Energy family - the company was supportive professionally to Jon throughout his time working with them, and they were personally supportive to Jon and his entire family during his passing.
Jon was loved deeply by many and will be sorely missed. If you would like to honor Jon’s life and memory, the family has asked that you do so through a contribution to the Religious School at Temple Bat Yam so that his son, Leo, and other young people on the Eastern Shore may continue to have a Jewish education.
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