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FREEDMAN, Bernard

FREEDMAN, Bernard

FREEDMAN - Bernard Co-Owner and VP of Kaufmans Bakery. February 25, 1924 to November 28, 2015, of Delray, Florida, a retired vice president of Kaufmans Bakery, died peacefully in his sleep on November 28, 2015 at the age of 91. Mr. Freedman was born and raised in Buffalo. He graduated from Manlius Military Academy in Manlius, NY and enlisted in the Navy at the age of 18. He was stationed on the USS Oliver Mitchell destroyer escort during the Second World War. He met his wife of 66 years, Bobbye Freedman (formerly Bobbye April) in Miami and they married in 1949. When he returned to Buffalo after the war he began working with his father at North Park Furniture on Hertel Avenue. Mr. Freedman and his brother Allie added a second location, and North Park Furniture became one of Western New York's most popular furniture stores. In 1937 Sam Freedman, his brother Max and sister Anna Rosenberg, purchased Kaufmans Bakery and in the 1960s Bernie Freedman joined the sales department at the bakery. Under the leadership of the Rosenbergs and the Freedmans, Kaufmans sales increased from $3 million a year to more than $30 million and expanded to cover most of New York State, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia and Ontario. The firm became the bakers for Burger King, Arby's, Delaware North and the Hard Rock Cafe; and serviced schools, hospitals and sports facilities in its markets. In 2000, the company was sold to Weston Foods of Canada, now operating as Stroehmann's Bakery. Mr. Freedman believed in education, hard work, and in being honorable in business. He strongly valued his friends and family. He and his wife, Bobbye, who predeceased him on February 7, 2015, raised three children: Jeffrey, Marshall and April, in Amherst. He is survived by his son, Jeffrey (Barbara Hamilton) and his grandchildren, Heather Chick and Rian Kliber; great- grandchildren, Jonah and Noah Chick and Shawn Rick/ and many nieces and nephews. During his lifetime, he and Bobbye traveled extensively, he enjoyed golf, was an avid reader of historical fiction, and after retirement continued to follow business and the stock market, and was always a big supporter of the Buffalo Bills.

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