Freeman, Walter Wile, 83, of Greenfield, Queens County, passed away on Wednesday, September 7th, 2011, in the QEII Health Sciences Centre, V.G. Site, Halifax after a brief illness.
Born in Greenfield, he was the youngest son of the late Harry and Leda (Wile) Freeman.
He was retired from Shell Canada living and working in many communities throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. An avid golfer, he belonged to the club in every community where he resided. He was currently an active member of the White Point Golf and Country Club in Liverpool and a past president. He was an active member of the Kinsmen Club and K-40 over the years and a life member of the Halifax Kinsmen Club and also the South Shore Senior Men’s Golf Association. He was a current member of the South Shore Regional Hospital Board, Jolly Ponoquers Seniors Club, a volunteer fireman and a senior deacon of the Greenfield United Baptist Church. Very active in community affairs in Greenfield and throughout Queens County, he served on the Queens County Planning Commission. He was instrumental in the process to construct the Greenfield Baptist Church and Recreation Center of which his son Deryck was the design architect. He enjoyed outdoor activities from an early age and was involved in baseball, bowling, hockey, curling, golf, hunting and fly fishing. Well known for his planked salmon parties, he was asked to be guest “chef” at many local functions. Young at heart, he enjoyed social activities, singing and being involved with his community.
He is survived by his second wife, Shirley; two daughters, Anna (Julien) Albert, of Bathurst , N.B., Jocelyn (Marc) Simard of Halifax. Stepdaughter Elizabeth (Jim) Fraelic of Brooklyn. Stepsons Bill (Heather) Wharton of Chester and Allan Bolivar of Middlefield. Sister Alean Freeman of Greenfield. Daughter-in-law Debbie Clark of Halifax. Sister-in-law Freda Freeman of Greenfield. Grandchildren Justin, Guy, Stephanie, Eric, Joel, Bryant, Logan, Leanne, Scott, Angela, Billy and six great-grandchildren. Many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Joyce (Strum); son Deryck, sister Roxie and brother Harry.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Chandlers’ Funeral and Cremation Service, Liverpool. Visitation will be held Sunday, September 11th, 2011, from 2-4 p.m. from the Greenfield United Baptist Church and a Celebration of Walter’s life will be held Monday, September 12th, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. followed by a reception, also from the Greenfield United Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Greenfield Recreation Association, Greenfield United Baptist Church or charity of choice. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.chandlersfuneral.com
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Walter is going to be missed more than words can express. This is a very sad time for all of the family.
PAUL AND PAULETTE
Anna, Jocelyn and families,
Paulette and I are thinking of you both and have been reminiscing all evening about “Walterism’s”. We remember fondly every single visit to Greenfield and Bang’s Falls and consider the camp one of our happy places. We will be unable to join you but wanted to let you know that you were in our thoughts and prayers.
Love Paul and Paulette
To the Freeman Family,
It is with sadness I write of Walters passing but I remember the good times we spent together with Emmie during my summer visits to Greenfield.
My thoughts are with you at this sad time.
Norman and Bonnie Wentzell
Sending our sincere sympathy to all the family.
Norman and Bonnie
Enid & Charlie MacKay
Shirley and Liz
Sorry to hear of your loss.
Our thoughts are with you and the family.
It is with laughter, funny stories, and smiles…that I think of Walter…Loved always…
Mark & Rose Wright
We’re so sorry to hear of Walter’s passing…he’ll definitely be missed around Greenfield. Lots of prayers going up for each member of the combined family. Take care, and may God bless.
I am glad I got to see you a couple weeks ago before I left for Scotland. I love you Uncle Walter and will miss seeing your smile. It’s going to be different going to Greenfield without both you and Harry there. I will be thinking about you even though I cannot make it to the funeral. Love you xo
Roy & Cathy Uhlman
We have so many fond memories of Walter, many of which involve singing next to him in the combined choir. He was always ready with a handshake and a smile anytime we saw him. He will be greatly missed. Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to all his family.
Walter was the best kind of uncle to have, full of fun and mischief, always ready to give a helping hand, and a friend to all. I will miss his beautiful voice in the choir and his sweet smile.
I don’t remember walter that well, but I did know him. He was a wonderful soul. I am saddened to hear of his passing. May you rest in peace, Walter. My condolences to the family. xo
Art and Marie O'Neill
Dear Shirley and family, we both are truly sorry for your tremendous loss. We will miss his birthday parties and Art will miss his buddy on the golf course. They had a lot of good times over the years. Again he will be sadly missed. Art and Marie O’Neill
Rev mrs john r sullivan and son david
we are deep sad of the passing Walter
our love and prayer be with you all
we would be think about you on monday afternoon
from Rev Mrs john r Sullivan and son david
former pastor of the Northbrookfield united baptist Churches
Wally and Ann MacDonald
Sorry to hear of the passing of Walter. We will miss him at the Atlantic Seniors and the planked salmon suppers. Walter was a great ambassador for all the activities he was involved in, always ready to give a helping hand and provide interesting stories. Our condolences to Shirley and family.
Rev. Dennis & Martha (Childs) Nickerson
Martha and I were deeply saddened to hear of Walter’s passing and it has left an empty spot in each of us. The kindness, and joy of Walter always touched our hearts in a special way. He was a special deacon that Dennis enjoyed working with and a beloved companion to play with on the golf course. Martha had fun teasing him on Sunday mornings and so enjoyed his company. Our deepest sympathy to the family. God is gracious and good and will surround you with his utmost love in your time of grief. We miss you Walter, but it will only be for a brief time when we will see each other once again.
Jan & Garnett Winchester
So very sorry to hear of Walter’s passing. Thinking of your whole family at this sad time. He will be sadly missed by his family, friends and his K40 family. Sincerely, Jan and Garnett
My sincere condolence on Walter’s passing. I was in the Yarmouth Kinsmen Club with Walter, many years ago now.
He was a great guy. Again, so sorry for your loss.
It is with much sadness we learned of the passing of Walter, he was always so kind to us whenever we came home. Our prayers are with all of you.
Jim Thomas and girls.
Peter W. Holmes
I am very sad to hear that Walter has passed away! A real gem of a man! So kind to everyone who ever visited Bangscote Lodge!
My blessings to all the Freeman Family members!
Peter W. Holmes
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Rev Peter and Laura Sherwood
During our 6.5 month interim pastoral ministry in 2010 in Greenfield we enjoyed Walter’s humor, sense of pride in his community and a faithfulness to his Church. His love for his family, friends and neighbours was very evident.
We send our sympathies to Shirley and to the entire Freeman family as you mourn your loss.
Rev. Peter and Laura Sherwood
Cindy & Theodore Hanley says:
We meant Walter through our daughter in law Leanne whom was walters grand daughter and we had a few dinners together at the Fralics home and walter was always whitty, humerous and told many a story and we loved to listen. Our sorrow goes out to the whole family and we will miss you walter.
Doug and Jackie McGuire
Walter was one of the friendliest people we have ever had the pleasure of knowing. During our time in the choir we enjoyed his mischieveous funny side as well as delighted in his strong tenor voice. Walter was always ready to have a chat and make you welcome. We are sincerely grateful that we had the opportunity to know him. Our deepest sympathy is extended to all family members. Doug and Jackie McGuire
I would like to offer condolences to the family of Walter W Freeman on his death. Walter was the Canadian Oil Company Salesman for western Nova Scotia and living in Yarmouth when I met him. Although our relationship was purely busijness, Walter went out of his way to ease the difficulty I faced as a young fuel oil auditor facing the outside world for the first time. I will always have a warm feeling for an individual who was willing to welcome the new generation as an asset rather than an adversary. My sincerest sympathy. Clark Perry.
To the Freeman Family:
Please accept my condolences for Walter’s passing. He was an important part of our family’s Greenfield life. From rescuing boats in a hurricaine to serving salmon at the annual planked salmon supper. (Always gave my mom (and all other women) a nice “piece of tail” 🙂 )
My first paid job was with Walter, helping him remove shingles from the family homestead. i remember that life transition to this day.
Please accept our sincere condolences and our thoughts are with you at this time
David Bell and Family
Debbie & Gene Wamboldt
Sorry to hear of Walter’s passing ,Thinking of you in your time of need
My prayers are with your family at this very sad time.
Suzanne and Dale Verge
are thoughts and prayers are with you and the family in this time of need …Walter was a great guy ..
billy & i would like to send your prayer to you all;
Calvin and Joyce Jordan
Our condolances to Walter’s family. We knew Walter as a trustee of the NSAHO Pension Plan. Walter was wise and kind. A truly good man. He will be missed.
Jane & Glen Williams
We are very sorry to hear of Walter’s passing. How wonderful that we saw him during a happy time following your cruise! We cannot attend the funeral, however our thoughts are with you Shirley, Anna and all the family.
So very sorry to learn of Walter,s passing.. Walter and I are past presidents of the Oilmen,s Curling Association and therefor I had the pleasure of working with him for several years. He was always a happy person and made all those around him happy.. He will be missed by all.
Kathy & Ronnie Ramey
Walter, Ronnie and I spent many Friday evenings enjoying a good game of bowling. Walter also supported me strongly when I became treasurer of the Greenfield UB Church. We will miss him.
Our deepest sympathy for your loss. We have many fond memories of Walter and your family and will continue to cherish them.Thinking of you during this most difficult time.
Grace MacNeil and family
Jocelyn and family,
My thoughts are with you and your family during this sad time, cherish the memories.
Valerie & Roger Wilcox
Shirley and family,
Thinking about you all at this most difficult time. Please accept our sincere sympathy.
I am so sorry for your loss.. I know he was a great man who was loved by everyone who met him. He will be sadly missed..
Robert & Sally Fader
Shirley, Elizabeth & family:
Please accept our condolences on the passing of Walter. He was an exceptional person and always had a joke when you met him. He will be greatly missed by you all and also the people of the community. I am very sorry we didn’t get to the service, but we had company on Saturday and had to be in Halifax on Monday. Our thoughts and prayers have been with you.
Laurie-Anne & Jamie Brown
To Liz & Family,
Please know that you are in our thoughts during this sad time. We are sorry to have heard this news.
Laurie-Anne & Jamie Brown
Donna & Bucky Norman
Shirley and Family:
Our deepest sympathies for you loss. Many memories of Walter will comfort you in the days to come.
Greenfield will be a less joyful place without Uncle Walter. I will remember him for the clam digs he took us on at Lawrencetown Beach, for the Dutch mess and lobster chowder among other goodies that he used to prepare and of course for his comments while serving the planked salmon!! Years ago he was quite skilled on the saucer on the lake. Resurfacing after a bad fall, toupee askew, he laughed and said that he had “flipped his wig”. That was typical, always making jokes. I am so glad that I got to see him this past May, and to sing in the choir with him, where I told him how good it was to hear his beautiful voice. I noticed that he had slowed down in the past year, but I never expected this. I will miss him….
Sincere condolences to Shirley, Anna, Jocelyn and the extended family.
I am very sorry to hear about your loss. Walter was truly a great person and always an absolute pleasure to have around the golf course. I thoroughly enjoyed his great sense of humor – he always had the guys laughing with his great stories.