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FREDA LENNOX (published on January 02, 2010)



FREDA LENNOX (nee MCEWEN) 1922 - 2009 Freda Elizabeth Lennox passed away on December 23, 2009 at the age of 87 years. She was predeceased by Duncan, her loving husband of 60 years, her eldest son Craig and her brother Donald. She is survived by her children: Robert, Carla (Gerald), Shelley (Norman), George (Madeleine), and Bruce (Laurie); her daughter-in-law Bette; her 11 grandchildren: Scott, Andrew, Patrick, Daniel, Victoria, Duncan, Adam, Mariah, Isabelle, Malcolm, and Emily. Freda was born on April 4, 1922 in Maxville in the Ottawa Valley, Glengarry County. She grew up on a dairy farm and attended a one-room school house. She excelled at school, entering Queen's University at the age of 16. Upon graduation with a BA in 1942, she enlisted in the Womens Royal Canadian Naval Service. She initially tracked enemy submarines while stationed in Vancouver before being promoted to Sub. Lieutenant and was, at the time, the youngest officer in the Wrens. She was Staff Officer at the Officers Training Centre, Ottawa, followed by a very enjoyable stint as Unit Officer with the Navy Show, which toured Eastern Canada. The highpoint of her naval career was her assignment at the Canadian Joint Staff in Washington, DC. Promoted to Lieutenant, she served as aide to an Admiral and was awarded the rare honour of christening a ship, H.M.C.S. Laymore. She received the shattered champagne bottle in a beautiful display case which she treasured forever. Freda remained a long term member of the Ex-Wrens Association - Chippawa Division and attended the final national reunion held in Winnipeg in 2006. In 1946, Freda married Duncan, a Naval Lieutenant Commander who served on convoy duty throughout the war. They met on a train headed for Winnipeg when she was assigned to H.M.C.S. Chippawa near the end of the war. She happily adjusted to prairie life and raised six children while Duncan practiced law. She worked tirelessly to support her children in all their endeavours. In between hockey games, swim meets, and piano lessons, she somehow found time to pursue her love of learning by studying psychology and religion at the Universities of Manitoba and Winnipeg. This culminated in her receiving her second BA from the University of Winnipeg in 1994 at the age of 72. She was honoured to receive the Gold Medal in Conflict Resolution. Perhaps her proudest achievement was the instillation in all her children of a deep respect for reading and scholarship. A deeply spiritual woman, Freda continued to study and read her Bible until the end of her days. She was a stalwart member of St. Luke's Anglican Church for over 50 years. Freda loved her cottage on Coney Island at the Lake of the Woods and put her heart and soul into maintaining it as a hub for her family. She had a zest for bird watching and nature lore, and enjoyed sharing her knowledge with her children and grandchildren. Freda baked wonderful desserts, had a discerning artistic eye, and an instinctively knowing touch with babies. Freda's unshakeable determination, integrity, and faith were known to all. Her family will greatly miss her loving influence. If so desired the family would appreciate donations to the Canadian Cancer Society in Freda's name.


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