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Freeman – Raymond Keith

Posted By Obits On September 8, 2014 @ 8:54 am In Obituaries | 28 Comments

Freeman

Raymond Keith Freeman, 84, of Caledonia, Queens County, passed away peacefully on September 5, 2014, at Queens General Hospital, Liverpool. Born March 2, 1930, in Harmony Mills, he was a son of the late Edward J. (Ned) and Grace (Minard) Freeman. A mechanic and millwright by trade, he spent all his working years in the lumbering industry, first as owner and operator with his father and brother of the Caledonia Hardwood Co., and later as a sawyer and millwright for Willis G. Forrest Co. Ltd., Caledonia Woodworkers Ltd. and Douglas Lumber Co. He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, and was happiest when spending time with his family. Prior to his retirement, he was an active member of the North Queens Fire Association, having served as fire chief. He enjoyed spending time in his workshop and was a skilled craftsman. He was a member of Christ Anglican Church, serving as warden for a number of years. He was a Past Master of Mechanics Lodge No. 78, Past District Grand Director of Ceremonies and Past District Grand Chaplain for Lunenburg-Queens; Past Grand Steward and Past District Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia; Past High Priest of Rossignol Chapter No. 6, Royal Arch Masons; and Charter Member and Past Patron of Pearle Chapter No. 71, Order of the Eastern Star. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Eleanor; his sons Michael, Truro, Brian (Karen), Upper Tantallon; grandchildren Lauren, Jacob and Tyler; sisters Ellen Smith, Mahone Bay, Alma Laird, Bridgewater, Marjorie Cushing, Caledonia, and Geraldine (Chris) Nolan, Oakland. He was predeceased by brother Paul; sister Mary; nieces Katherine and Indigo; nephew Stephen. Cremation has taken place. No visitation by request. A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 18, 2014, at Christ Anglican Church, Caledonia, Rev. Nita Barteaux officiating. Family committal and graveside Masonic service to follow at Harmony Cemetery, followed by a reception at the Masonic Hall, Caledonia. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Raymond may be made to Palliative Care, the VON, North Queens Fire Association or a charity of choice. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.chandlersfuneral.com

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Condolence from Brian and Kim Mansfield on September 8th, 2014 9:02 am

Our deepest sympathies to the Freeman families. May you gather strength from each other to help you through this sad time.

Condolence from Beatrice Delong on September 8th, 2014 10:42 am

Dear Eleanor, I am so sorry to read of the loss of Raymond. My heart goes out to you and your family at this sad time. Take one day at a time and treasure all the great memories as they are yours to keep.
With Deepest Sympathy, Bea

Condolence from Sterling Belliveau on September 8th, 2014 1:34 pm

To the family of the late Raymond Freeman,

Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. You’ve lost someone who was a special part of your family. May you find comfort in each other and in all the compassion that comes to you at this time.

With deepest sympathy,

Sterling Belliveau, MLA

Condolence from Fred & Janette (Lohnes) Veinot on September 8th, 2014 4:52 pm

Our sympathy to Geraldine and Raymond’s family. We are old friends from high school days in Caledonia, and sorry to hear of Raymond’s passing.

Condolence from Don and Elizabeth Webster on September 8th, 2014 5:43 pm

Dear Eleanor and family, please accept our deepest condolences
in the sadness of Raymond’s passing. A very pleasant person ,it was obvious that he cared deeply for his family.
Hold closely to each other as you pass through this sad time. You and yours are certainly in our thoughts.

Don and Libbie

Condolence from William and Marrinna Wells on September 8th, 2014 11:20 pm

Mr. Freeman lived an extraordinary life, thanks for sharing the photos and memories. It was obvious that he loved his family very much and that they loved him dearly.
Our deepest sympathy to the family.

Condolence from Donna Miklos on September 9th, 2014 7:54 am

So very sad to hear of your loss. Trusting you will find peace and strength in the arms of our Lord.

Donna Conrad Miklos

Basil and Jean Conrad’s daughter

Condolence from Robert & Sally Fader on September 9th, 2014 1:49 pm

Eleanor & family:

So sorry to hear of the loss of your loved one, Raymond. He was such a nice person and always enjoyed talking to him when we saw him. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.

Condolence from Leora Boutilier Cavanagh on September 9th, 2014 4:21 pm

So sorry to hear of your loss Elenor . Thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time in your life . Take Care

Condolence from David Whynott of mersey point on September 9th, 2014 11:40 pm

I am so sorry to hear of Raymond`s passing.I have known Raymond for for many years and he truly was a great guy.Many will miss him. My thoughts are with his family at this time.

Condolence from Don & Eunice Heiser on September 10th, 2014 12:12 am

Dear Eleanor and boys, Raymond was a great friend and relative. So many great memories, and we’ll miss him! Take care and we love you.

Condolence from Gordon MacLeod on September 10th, 2014 11:00 am

Brian and family, very sorry to learn of your dad’s passing. It is evident from the video that he lived a remarkable life. Thinking of you all.

Condolence from Suzanne, Muriel & Dorothy on September 10th, 2014 2:55 pm

Dear Eleanor and family,
It is with great sorrow we offer our condolences to you and your family at this sad time.

Sincerely,
Suzanne, Muriel, Dorothy

Condolence from Vernon & Joyce Hawkes on September 10th, 2014 9:11 pm

So sorry to learn of Raymond’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Melanie Jollymore on September 11th, 2014 11:04 am

It is so hard to say goodbye to someone you love so much. Thankfully, you have many years of wonderful memories to cherish. I will always remember Uncle Raymond as a cheerful, positive and determined person with a brilliant smile. Love to you all.

Condolence from Carolyn McBride on September 11th, 2014 12:42 pm

Eleanor and family,

Heartfelt condolences go out to you from Roxie and I at this sad time. May the care and love of those near to you get you through the days ahead.

Condolence from Bruce and Melanie Inglis on September 11th, 2014 1:26 pm

To Eleanor, Brian, Michael and families,

Raymond was a true humble gentleman with a good sense of humour and a wonderful manner about him. He will be missed in many places.

We hope you take comfort in your many fond memories.

Bruce and Melanie

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Michael and family, Our heartfelt condolences and warmest thoughts are with you and your family at this time of sorrow – Your friends at Peter Kohler Windows and Entrance Systems.

Condolence from Carol and Kenny Shannon on September 13th, 2014 10:28 am

Eleanor, Michael and Brian,so very sorry for your loss. Raymond was a kind, and gentle man. We are thinking of you all.

Condolence from Dwight and Louise Fancy on September 14th, 2014 10:00 pm

Eleanor.Michael,and Brian and family. Sorry to hear of the passing of Raymond.He was a very quiet man but a very kind and gentle. We are thinking of you all at this difficult time.

Condolence from Stanley& Joan Canning on September 14th, 2014 10:10 pm

Eleanor and Family
Please accept our Deepest Condolences at this very sad time. Stan spent a lot of time with Raymond and considered him a very good friend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.

Condolence from Marjorie and Richard Wadge on September 15th, 2014 10:28 am

Eleanor and Family, We are so sorry of your loss. You are in our thoughts. Hope to see you on Thursday. Love, marge

Condolence from Anne Kempton on September 15th, 2014 11:19 am

To Eleanor,
My sincere condolences in the passing of your loved one. My thoughts and prayers will be with you at this difficult time.
Anne Kempton & family.

Condolence from Maxine (Murray) Stewart on September 15th, 2014 9:35 pm

To Eleanor and all the family……
With sincere condolences, on behalf of my sisters (Mona Ellis and Edna MacKay) and myself, remembering a fine person and a good friend.
May God’s blessings be with you at this time.

Maxine (Murray) Stewart

Condolence from Clara Nieforth on September 16th, 2014 10:55 pm

Dear Sister Eleanor
Please accept my sincere sympathy in the recent passing of your life’s partner and friend and our brother, Raymond. He was a very nice man and will be missed by all who knew him. Cherish his memory and he will live forever in your hearts. May the love of family and friends give you comfort and may the love of God give you peace – know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
Sincerely and fraternally
Clara M. Nieforth
Evening Star Chapter # 28, OES, Halifax

Condolence from George A Grant on September 17th, 2014 10:24 pm

Could this message be passed on to one of the Masons to be read at the service.

Eleanor and Family:

On behalf of Winnie and myself, I want to convey our condolences on the passing of Brother Raymond. It is never easy to lose a loved one. Brother Raymond was a dedicated Mason and he will be greatly missed by all. Rest assure that there is probably a meeting in the Grand Lodge above and he will be greeted by the Brothers who have gone before him.

On behalf of the Grand Lodge of Nova Scotia, all Masons in Nova Scotia, we send our condolences.

George A. Grant
IPGM

Condolence from Ashley Selig on September 18th, 2014 8:49 am

Eleanor, Michael, & Brian

My heartfelt sympathy and prayers are with you all, and your families, at this time. Raymond ( Mr. Freeman to me), was not only a great Dad, Grandfather, and Husband, but a huge part of the community as well and will be fondly remembered by many for his countless contributions over the years. For me, there are many great memories of growing up and spending time at your home, even when Raymond would have to say, ” alright boys, I think it’s time to settle down”. His warm smiles, quiet nature, and quick dry humor were all parts of the fine man I will always remember.

Today the world is a little sadder — because we have lost a truly humble, decent and caring man. And in today’s times that is a great loss. Remember always that Raymond’s spirit lives on in each of you; your smiles, your touches, and your very being.

Condolence from Barry & Darlene MacBride on September 20th, 2014 6:41 pm

So sorry for your loss Eleanor and boys . . RIP Raymond

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