CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2008 |
Eugene Freedman, 82, the creator of the Precious Moments collectible figurines, died Feb. 19 at a hospital on Maui, Hawaii, where he had a second home. The cause was a sudden escalation of chronic lymphocytic leukemia, his son, Richard, told the Chicago Tribune. Freedman, a longtime resident of Milwaukee and Glencoe, Ill., was the founding chairman and former president and chief executive of Enesco Group, a global gift and collectibles company based in Itasca, Ill. While at Enesco, he recognized that Samuel J. Butcher's two-dimensional art of teardrop-eyed children on inspirational greeting cards could become a success when rendered as porcelain figurines.