Freda MacDonald

Freda Mae MacDonald (Wade)

Monday, November 5th, 1928 - Sunday, June 2nd, 2019
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Rev. Freda Mae MacDonald (Wade)
Passed peacefully at Lookout Ridge Retirement Home, Fonthill, ON on Sunday, June 2, 2019, in her 91st year. She was the loving wife of Rev. Graham MacDonald.

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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Service Details

  • Service

    Monday, June 17th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Monday, June 17th, 2019 1:00pm
    Lookout Ridge Retirement Home
    1505 Lookout Street
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  • Interment

    South Kinloss Cemetery
    Tuesday June 18, 2019 at 11:00 am.


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Barbara Ally and Lora Miani

Posted at 06:45pm
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
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Dorothy Newman

Posted at 01:26pm
I am so sorry to hear of Freda's passing. She was a wonderful friend; I have great memories of our time in Watford. My deepest sympathy to you and the family Graham.

Dorothy Newman

Ron Raaflaub

Posted at 09:53pm
My condolences to Graham and family. Freda and Graham's church services brought my parents great joy while they were serving in Magnetawan. I hope that you are able to enjoy all of the wonderful memories of a fabulous woman who really did so much good for so many.

Sincerely Ron Raaflaub

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Posted at 12:26pm
Much Love, Aunt Mar, Uncle Mac, Aunt Judy, Janet, Mick, Adam & Joel
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Posted at 07:59am
Bill, back in Anmar days it was always a pleasure to have a chat with your mom when they would visit. She made her way around the greenhouse to everyone, even walking sideways between two freshly watered benches. Dee

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