Gaston Freeman: classy gentleman

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It was sad to hear of the death of Gaston Freeman, the former boys basketball coach at Maine West. Freeman, 85, died Monday after contracting pneumonia.

Nearly nine years ago, I had the pleasure of spending a couple of hours in the back of a car listening to so many of Freeman’s stories about basketball, the sport he loved. We were passengers on a guys-day-out road trip to U of I to see a women’s basketball game with Maine West girls basketball coach Derril Kipp and Sun-Times preps boss Steve Tucker.

It was the first time I met Freeman, but the trip was always memorable because of Freeman. Gaston supported girls basketball and was a regular at the Maine West Tip-off Classic around Thanksgiving and always had a chair available underneath the baseline. Every other time I would see Freeman, he always remember my name and asked about my family.

Gaston will be missed.

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