Freeman has written or delivered tributes to a number of members of his family on important occasions in their lives, and a selection of these are available below for those who might be interested in learning a little about his family background:

  • Richard Freeman: message written by his son of the occasion of his marriage to Huang Lin in 2007.
  • Louella Freeman: speech delivered by her son at her 60th birthday party in 2009.
  • Michael Cohen: message written by his wife’s first cousin once removed on the occasion of his 70th birthday in 2010.
  • Ronald Freeman: speech delivered by his nephew at his 80th birthday party in 2011.
  • Noel Lasker: speech delivered by his grandson at his 90th birthday party in 2010.
  • Bruce Freeman: tribute written by his cousin on his death in 2007.
  • Gillian Lasker: address delivered by her nephew at her funeral in 2009.
  • Ruth Goldman: tribute written by her great-nephew on her death in 2011.
  • Louise Sheridan: poem written by her nephew about six dogs owned by three generations of her family, and written from the perspective of the fourth generation – her grandson.

Unfortunately, one of his more memorable speeches, at the 21st birthday party of his sisters, Elissa and Lucinda Freeman, was given ex tempore, and so no record remains. Drawing on Aristotle’s observation that, in all spheres of human activity, moral virtue lies at the mean between the excess and the deficiency, he praised his sisters for having succeeded in being so average in every aspect of their lives.

At Lavender Bay with his sisters

At Lavender Bay with his sisters