Malcolm "Jack" Freedman

  • Died: October 5, 2021
  • Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania

Geitner/Givnish Funeral Home, Inc.

6230 North 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19120

Tel. (215) 224-6300

Tribute & Message From The Family

Malcolm Jacob "Jack" Freedman
April 23, 1995 – October 5, 2021
Jack passed away peacefully at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia due to complications from Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a condition he faced with courage and dignity from the age of 6 months.
Jack was a loving son to his mother, Anne Teare Freedman, and his father, Albert Freedman, both of West Chester, Pennsylvania. He is also survived by his sister, Cara Freedman, his maternal grandmother, Joan Teare, his paternal grandparents, Robert and Molly Freedman, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. Jack was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Malcolm Teare.
For many summers, Jack joyfully attended the Pennsylvania Vent Camp and made lifelong friends. With the compassionate support of Mrs. Salisbury and many other dedicated teachers, he graduated from Unionville High School. After high school, Jack took great pride in his work as a part-time employee of Westtown School. More recently, Jack served as a consultant to Numinous Games, supporting the design of an accessible video game for children affected by Spinal Muscular Atrophy.
Jack enjoyed outings to Longwood Gardens, Westtown School, and many other places in the community. He enjoyed communicating with his 2,500 Facebook friends and playing video games using his special Eyegaze computer, watching his favorite movies each night before bed, organizing the schedules of his home care nurses, and remembering everyone's birthdays.
We are grateful for every day of the 26 years we had with Jack - 25 more years than his doctors had predicted. Jack lived his life happily and with determination. He befriended everyone who crossed his path with his energetic spirit, affable personality, and positive attitude, and he made our family very proud.
We are grateful for the love, compassion, and friendship shared with Jack by friends, family, and health care professionals. He was very fortunate to have so many people in his life who loved him so much, and he taught all of us so many important life lessons.
We are grateful for the health care professionals at the A.I. duPont Hospital for Children and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for their kindness and commitment to Jack over the past 26 years, and we will always be indebted to Jack's many beloved home care nurses who cared for him day and night.
A celebration of Jack's life will be held on Jack's birthday, Saturday, April 23rd at 2:00pm in the Friends Meeting House at Westtown School, 215 Friends Meeting Lane, West Chester, PA
For those who wish, contributions in Jack's memory can be made to Jack's extended families at CureSMA ( and the Pennsylvania Vent Camp (

Condolence & Memory Journal

We never met Jack and were distanced by 1000's of miles; but your influence through your loving father was so strong and inspiring. I am so glad our paths in this world virtually crossed and your memory with live strong. Rest easy and fly high

Posted by Gavin Jones - Cardiff - Family Friend   November 01, 2021


I am so sorry for your loss. We are thinking of your family here at CPA. My condolences.

Posted by Kim Sharpe - Cerebral Palsy Assoc, PA   October 19, 2021

Dear Freedman family,
I am so sorry to hear this sad news about Jack. I just remember how much joy Jack brought to us at Unionville High School and how much he loved coming to school! I last saw Jack when he came to a Bocci tournament at the high school almost 2 years ago. I'm sure that you have so many good memories of Jack and I hope that those memories help you through this very difficult time. He will be missed by so many people! Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Allison Newbrough

Posted by Allison Newbrough - Kennett Square, PA - Acquaintance   October 14, 2021

Jack is such an amazing young man. Made me smile. I was his security guard in high school. He was kind and positive and inspiring. I will miss his Facebook wisdom. Bless you Jack. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

Posted by Jennifer Albertson - Rocky Top, TN - Acquaintance   October 13, 2021

My deepest condolences to everyone! Sending prayers!

Posted by Rebecca Zelonis - DE - Friend   October 13, 2021

Dear Anne, Al, and Cara- Jack is and always will be a Rock Star in my memory. I loved his smile, sense of humor, tenacity, and willingness to share his story. I am blessed for having had the opportunity to know him and your family and work with you all over the years in supporting technology-assisted children and young adults. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all and I wish you peace.
Zoe Kinney,RN

Posted by Zoe Kinney - PA - Friend   October 13, 2021

Jack's impact on family, friends, and strangers will continue well beyond his years. We are here for your family. Rob Graham (Boston)

Posted by Robert Greaham - Newton, MA - Family Friend   October 13, 2021

Words seem such frail offerings in this moment, and yet I have so many as I think about Jack and your beautiful family. We met Jack when he was only 2, and have been close ever since. Our children all grew up together at Westtown. I remember Jack patroling the campus, with a "deputy badge" given to him by the security chief, Tom Downey. I remember countless swims in the Westtown pool during family swim hours on Sundays, jack bobbing up and down with his yellow neck floatie. I remember seeing him decades later in that same athletic facility, working for the afterschool program, proudly operating a school computer to support the program. I remember building a deck for a hottub for Jack on the Freedman family home. I remember his excitement going to summer camp. I remember the SMA fundraising day that all the boys on the second floor of the dormitory organized, everyone selling their possessions to raise money. I remember his incredible memory -- how he could tell me the day of the week I was born on, or the exact date he last saw my daughter. But most of all, I remember you all as a family -- the incredible love, and patience, and strength, and care, and creativity, and optimism, and yes, more love. You and he have been one of the most powerful tributes to steadfast love I've ever witnessed. I will miss Jack immensely, as will my family, and I thank God for his presence and transforming spirit. Eric Mayer

Posted by Eric Mayer - Rome, MD - Friend   October 13, 2021


Dear Freedman Family,
I am truly sorry for your loss! I had the honor of teaching Jack in second grade at Sarah W. Starkweather in WCASD. It was the first time we did Teleconferencing in the classroom. Jack was a cheerful, loving, and kind student to his peers. His smile would light up the entire room. Our class had the privilege to meet Jack outside on the playground. I have such dear and fond memories in my heart of Jack. May he rest in peace.
Jean Sam

Posted by Jean Sam - West Chester, PA - Teacher   October 12, 2021


So sorry to hear this news. What a kind and caring soul Jack was. He expressed a great joy of life and contributed so much to so many. Our condolences on your tremendous loss. Bob and Ginny Connolly

Posted by Bob and Ginny Connolly    October 11, 2021


Posted by JEWELL THACHER - Kennett Square, PA - Friend   October 11, 2021

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