Political And Other Miscellany From A Stout Democrat In Dallas Texas.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Gene Freeland Memorial Wednesday

We now have more details on the services for the long-time labor, progressive, and Democratic activist and Precinct Chair, from his obit in the Dallas News:

Gene Garren Freeland Sr. was born April 30, 1928 in Dallas, Texas and passed away on January 2, 2008 due to complications following surgery. ... Gene graduated from Sunset High School in 1946 and attended SMU. He was a member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local #69 since 1949. In 1958, he was elected Steward of the Union, President in 1960 and Business Manager in 1962 and 1964. Gene served his country in the United States Marine Corps from 1946-1948 and again from 1950-1952. He was employed by Dallas Power and Light from 1949-1965 and was the Labor Representative at the Texas Employment Commission from 1985-1997. Gene was the Dallas AFL-CIO Financial Secretary-Treasurer from 1965-1979 and also from 1997-2003. He also served on variety of Boards in the Dallas community; Vice President of the Dallas "War on Poverty" from 1965-1979, Executive Board Member for the United Way of Dallas from 1965-1979 and 1997-2003, Dallas WorkSource Board Member representing Labor and Veterans from 1994-2003 and Vice-President for the Texas AFL-CIO from 1997-2003.

A Memorial service will be held on Wednesday, January 16, 2008 at 10 AM at St. Luke Community United Methodist Church, 5710 East R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas, Texas 75223. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Luke's Ministry for the Homeless at the above address.


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