Born in Wallaceburg on Nov. 5, 1928, she began a teaching career at age 20 upon graduating from Normal School in London. She and Graham married in 1952. After taking time off to raise their three children, Anne, Jim, and Bill, Freda returned as a substitute teacher, and in 1969 became involved with adult literacy. She founded the London Adult Basic Education School and served as its Co-ordinator for several years, being named “Woman of the Year” in 1983 for her long-term passionate engagement. Following retirement, she and Graham attended Knox College in Toronto and were ordained as Presbyterian ministers. They spent 14 years in a very active and rewarding team ministry in Burk’s Falls, Sundridge and Magnetawan.
Freda was an avid bird-watcher as well as an adventurous traveler who enjoyed activities as diverse as camping in the Arctic, training teachers in the Caribbean, and attending concerts in the music halls of Vienna. She was appreciated for her intelligence, wit, joy, and very generous heart.
Freda is survived by her husband Graham and her children Dr. Anne of Vienna, Austria, Jim (Theresie Tungilik) of Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, and Bill (Linda) of Fonthill, Ontario. She was the loving grandmother of Priscilla (Dave), Dustin (Rachael), Max (Melaine), Alannah, Caitlin and the great-grandmother of Jonathan, Kaylee, DJ, Abigail, Yzabell, Natalie, Hannah, and Gwendolyn. Freda was predeceased by her brother Ken Wade. She was the loving sister-in-law of Margaret MacDonald, Dr. Mac (Judy) MacDonald, and Mary Wade.
Cremation has taken place. A service to celebrate Freda’s life will be held at Lookout Ridge Retirement Home (1505 Lookout St., Fonthill, ON) on Monday, June 17 at 1 pm. Interment in South Kinloss Cemetery, Lucknow, ON on Tuesday, June 18 at 11 am. Memorial donations to the charity of your choice.
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