UNION, NJ - The Township of Union Senior Center will be hosting a 100th birthday celebration for Julian Edward Freeman on Friday, Dec. 22.

Freeman, affectionately known as “Eddie and Duke”, was born on December 22, 1917 in Newark.  Freeman was the third of fifteen children.

Freeman moved to Vauxhall at the age of three with his mother, Maude Margaret Vaughn and father Charles Henry Freeman.

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As a child Freeman enjoyed outdoor activities, such as baseball, football, track, and boxing. Freeman was also a boy scout leader, and became Troop Master of Troop #69 of Vauxhall.  Freeman graduated from school in Union County.

In 1941, Freeman married Dorothy Rose Ayers and they had three children, Edward Phillip, Muriel Rose, and Charles Larry.

Freeman was employed as a Dyer for Paul Dyeing Company for 45 years, until retirement. In 1978, he received his Fireman’s License from the Department of Labor and Industry.

The celebration will begin at noon.