Community Comes Together to Honor Connor

Kaufmann's Tavern now has an outdoor patio named "Connor's Corner."

The little boy with the angel eyes who drowned at the Crofton Country Club five years ago will live on forever at a restaurant in Gambrills.

Family and friends gathered Thursday at Kaufmann’s Tavern to witness the unveiling of a plaque in Connor Freed’s memory.

Kaufmann’s new outdoor patio will now be known as “Connor’s Corner.”

General manager Daniel Carr said the idea to dedicate the deck to Connor came from the Kaufmann’s staff.

“The owner James King is really good friends with the Neagles and ever since Connor passed away we have hosted events and fundraisers for the Connor Cares Foundation. So, when we built the deck, we really didn’t have any idea what we wanted to call it or what we wanted to do with it,” Carr said. “James King along with employees was like, ‘why don’t we do something for the Neagles and we will call it Connor’s Corner.’ It just worked and it’s a great idea. It’s really nice to give back to the community who gives so much to us. It’s an honor to have a job where we can interact and give back.”

Connor’s parents, Thomas Freed and Debbie Neagle-Freed, said Kaufmann’s was Connor’s favorite place to eat and he always walked around the restaurant as if he owned it.

“We have such great memories here and it is truly an honor to have Connor’s memory kept alive,” The Freeds said.

Even though Connor’s sister, 3-year-old Emma Freed, never knew her big brother, her parents said she speaks of him often and feels a strong connection with him.

“Connor has turned into a baby angel in the sky,” Emma said.        

For more information about the Connor Cares Foundation, visit www.connorcares.org.



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