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Pittsfield NH News

January 7, 2015

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The annual meeting of the Pittsfield Historical Society will be held on Tuesday, January 13. The meeting will be at their headquarters at 13 Elm Street at 7:00 PM.





Dear Pittsfield Residents,

 On Saturday, January 31st, 9am-12noon at the town Hall the Economic Development Committee will be sponsoring another All Board/Committee Forum. Refreshments will be provided. The topic for discussion is Route 28 (its limitations, challenges and economic development potential).


If you are interested in participating in the discussion please contact Ted Mitchell 435-6573 or email [email protected].



Ted Mitchell, Chair, EDC




Dr. Donald Jackson “Jack” Freese

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January 13, 1922 – December 27, 2014


Dr. Donald Jackson “Jack” Freese died on December 27, 2014 just two weeks short of his 93rd birthday.  He fell ill after celebrating a fine Christmas and passed at Naples Community Hospital with his loving wife Jackie and three daughters at his side.


Jack had three true passions in life: his family, dentistry and music.   He received his D.M.D. from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and served as a resident in Oral Surgery at both Yale University in Connecticut and Columbia Presbyterian in New York.  After completing his education, he practiced for nearly 40 years in Concord, NH, where his patients not only marveled at his skill, but also at his dedication to perfection and his true concern for everyone he treated.  He was also a fine teacher of his craft, teaching at different times in his life at Columbia University in New York, Tufts University in Boston, Boston University and the New Hampshire Technical Institute For Hygenists.  He was the President of the New Hampshire Board of Dental Examiners and was also the Chairman of the Operative Section of the American Dental Association.  In addition, he served as President of the Academy of Operative Dentistry and Director of the New Hampshire Dental Society. 


In 1986, at the age of 64, Jack suffered a severe stroke. A man of extremely strong will, Jack pushed himself to do whatever he needed to do for his recovery, and moved to Naples, Fl in 1987 for the weather.  Slowly, he got better and better, and never lost his smile through it all.


While the stroke ended his ability to practice dentistry, nothing would ever douse his love for music. Since he had lost the dexterity to play the saxophone to his standards, he switched to the trombone and became quite accomplished at that instrument.  


His parents, Elizabeth Sweet and George Edward Freese, instilled a love of music in Jack’s entire family at their home in Pittsfield, NH.  From the young age of 6 until he was 17, Jack joined his parents, brothers and sister to create The Homespun Broadcasters, travelling across New England in the family bus to perform concerts at music halls, churches and hospitals. At the University of New Hampshire, he formed the school’s first jazz band, The Campus Kittens that became the basis for the New Hampshire Wildcats, which still plays today. At Tufts Dental School, he formed The Tooth Jumbos named for the school’s elephant mascot.   After serving as a naval officer in charge of dentistry on the U.S.S. Wilkes Barre, he reunited with his brothers to form The Freese Brothers Big Band in the mid-1950s.  The band was formed as a non-profit and it raises money for music scholarships even to this day.  


Even after the stroke and his move to Naples, Jack ensured his new community would be rich with sound.  He started two new bands, The Gulf Coast Big Band and The Music Makers Big Show Band, enticing dozens of local musicians to once again pick up their instruments and perform.  Whether he had a lead or supporting part in any piece, the tapping of his foot and the smile on his face was always a sign of how much he loved what he was doing.


That same smile extended to his family as well.  In 1948, he married the woman of his dreams, Jacqueline McNeilly. Together they raised six children in Concord, eventually moving to a farm where Jack kept horses and loved to ride his tractor out in the fields. The family also enjoyed spending every summer at their cottage on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, a tradition which still continues.


Jack is survived by his wife of 66 years, Jackie, his son Matthew, his daughters Constance Matheson, Dorothy (David) Binswanger and Dr. Jacqueline Freese (Dr. Steve Bengtson), his son-in-law Dr. Ted Hall, 17 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son Donald J. Jr., his daughter Judith Hall and his son-in-law Tony Matheson.


A service to honor Jack’s legacy will take place at 11:00 am on Saturday, January 10 at the Naples United Church of Christ, 5200 Crayton Road, Naples Fl 34103.An additional service will be held in New Hampshire at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to either The Freese Brothers Big Band c/o Peter Imse, 147 Page Road, Bow NH, 03304 or The Music Makers Big Show Band Scholarship Fund c/o Thomas Curcio, 1525 Weybridge Circle, Naples FL, 34110.








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