July 18, 1925 ~ April 26, 2006
Thomas â€œBuddyâ€ Afremow
July 18, 1925 - April 26, 2006
Loving Father and Brother, Baseball player, Navy veteran, Insurance Agent, Recreational Therapy Specialist. These are some of the many talents and attributes that Thomas â€œBuddyâ€ Afremow exhibited during his 80 year lifetime.
Tom was born on July 18, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois, the second oldest and first son of the four children of George and Rose Afremow. He attended Eugene Field and Joyce Kilmer grade schools and was a varsity letterman in baseball, basketball and speed skating at Nicholas Senn High School, all located in northwest Chicago neighborhoods. He worked in his fatherâ€™s drug stores as a soda jerk, delivery boy and waited on customers. He served in the U.S. Navy for several years including duty overseas during World War II. Following his honorable discharge he played professional baseball in the minor leagues throughout the northern states for many years with the Minnesota Minors, the Dickinson Packers and was a member of the Mandak League All-Stars. Though he never had the good fortune of playing in the major leagues, there were seasons when he had a higher batting average than players that made it to the â€œbigâ€ leagues.
Tom then focused his energies on acquiring a college education. He attended DePaul University for two years and then graduated from Arizona State University where he was awarded a bachelorâ€™s degree. After completing his college education, Tom worked as an insurance agent for several years and then moved to California with his family and became a Recreational Therapy Specialist with the Northern California Veterans Administration. At the Veterans Administration Hospital System in Martinez, CA, he worked with many hospitalized veterans taking them to baseball games, golf outings, bowling, running bingo games and showing movies. In addition to his job, he also volunteered in the hospital system which is something he really enjoyed and continued to do for several more years after he retired. He received several Certificates of Appreciation from the Department of Veteran Affairs, and even though Tom always tried to down play his accomplishments, he was especially proud of the â€œPresidential Citationâ€ that he received in 2004 from President George Bush after he had completed more than 4, 000 hours of volunteer service. Tom was revered by his patients and colleagues alike.
For the last few years Tom resided in the Los Angeles area where he could be near his son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren. He will always be remembered for his love of life, sunny disposition, keen sense of humor and amazing repertoire of jokes that always brought smiles and laughter to all who knew him. He was loved and will be missed by those that knew him.
Thomas â€œBuddyâ€ Afremow is survived by his sons George (Pam) and Thomas (Lara), his granddaughter Ashley, his grandson Michael, his former wife Charlene, his Sister Blossom Kaufman (Lenny), his brothers Art and Leonard (Anita).
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