Freeman A. Rollins Jr., 79, died peacefully on Friday, Sept. 2, 2011, in Waterville.

He was born Sept. 25, 1931, in Burnham, the son of Freeman and Alice (Goodrich) Rollins Sr.

Freeman was employed for 35 years with the Maine Department of Transportation. He was a member of Meridian Lodge #125 A.F. & A.M. of Pittsfield and a member of the Maine Harness Association of Augusta. His favorite hobby was raising standard breed horses; two of his favorites being J.B.C. Baby and Knightly Baron.

He was a loving and devoted husband and father. He always loved a good joke and enjoyed teasing his nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Ruth Rollins of Fairfield; three children, Paula Salley and her husband Steven of Pittsfield, Pat Roberts and her husband Ed of New York and Scott Rollins of Fairfield; four grandchildren, Chris McManus and his partner Baju Wijono of New York, Mark McManus and his wife Jillian of North Carolina, Lisa Salley Erhardt and her husband Mark of Orono and Joey Salley and wife Lee Ann of Pittsfield; three great-grandsons, Shane McManus and Brody McManus, both of North Carolina, and Emmett Salley of Pittsfield; two sisters, Ruth Wells of Pittsfield and Edith Gamblin and her husband, Walter, of Pittsfield; one brother, Gary Rollins and his wife, Beverly, of Pittsfield; a sister-in-law, Mary Tobey of Arlington, Mass.; and several nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Freeman and Alice Rollins; and two brothers, Carlton and Carl.

The family would like to especially thank the nurses of 3 North at Thayer Hospital for their tender loving care and also say a special thank you to the staff at Evergreen who were wonderful to Freeman.

A Celebration of Life with a Masonic Service will be held Monday, Sept. 5, at 10:30 a.m. at the Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, 191 Hartland Ave. in Pittsfield, with the Pastor Mark Rollins.

Should friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association Maine Chapter, 383 US Route One, Scarborough, ME 04074.

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Care for the family has been provided by Shorey-Nichols Funeral Home, Pittsfield.