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Robert Kenneth Freeman

February 27, 1938 - January 29, 2023


It is with broken hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Robert, beloved husband of
Dorothy, our amazing Dad, and most importantly of all the most adored “Poppa”.

Robert is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 62 years – Dorothy, his daughters Natalie
Hatton (Donald), Claire (Shayne); and son Neale Freeman. His cherished grandchildren who he
loved to spend time teasing and chatting with – Chelsea (Luke), Alexandra (Axy)(Calvin), Kevin
(Megan), Jason (JoJo), Eden, Rhys, Ryan , Evan and Violet and his great grandchildren for who
he always had a Cadbury chocolate button on hand for (parental approval or not!!): Cameron,
Remington, Fox, Alexander, Ireland, Lennox and Jettson.

Born in Birmingham England in 1938 he emigrated to Duncan in 1968 with Dorothy and two
young children with only $75 in his wallet and a promised job that did not pan out. His first job
interview was in Lake Cowichan. Being new to the area he did not realize how far away Lake
Cowichan was and so he walked all the way from Duncan to Lake Cowichan and back for a non
existent job. He was a Mason by trade and started a very successful Masonary business in
Duncan. One of his proudest moments was being chosen to lay the stone that was blessed by
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth with her golden trowel for the grand opening of the centennnial
building (round building) in Duncan. A passionate gardener and bird watcher he loved nature
and knew the names of all the plants and birds in his area. He fancied himself quite good in
that he could recognize and imitate all the bird calls. It was not unusual to hear hoot owls in
the night air hooting back to him as he sat on his back porch in the evening and engaged with
them. Bob also shared a lifetime passion for hatching and raising his own chickens and it
wasn’t unusual to have eggs and chicks incubating in the house.

Robert will be lovingly remembered here in Duncan by his sister Shirley, his sister in-law Margaret (Martin), his
sister -in-law Christine and brother-in-law John in the UK … and many nieces and nephews both
here in Duncan and in England.

Our family would like to thank Dr. Gilbert for his years of caring for our Dad, especially the last
week – and also the exceptional caring from the nurses at CDH.

He was a lovely, caring man and will be sadly missed by us all. Our Sunday dinners will never be
the same without his sense of humour and those damn hearing aids that he never seemed to
have turned on or in right!! His grand dog Duke will miss the digestive biscuits he always
carried for him and the family Sunday dinner table scrap treats!!



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H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Maria Pite
Relation: Friend

Our deepest sympathy to all the family. Robert was a lovely man and surrounded by such a lovely family. May the love you all share and wonderful memories, along with the comfort of friends, help to give you strength as you move through this difficult time.
Sincerely, John and Maria Pite

From: Vic & Anita Greaves
Relation: Old friends.

Vic and I send our deepest sympathies to you Dot and all the family. We will always be grateful for the help Robert and you gave us when we first arrived in Canada. Bob in helping Vic get established in working for himself, introducing him to various suppliers and builders, and Dot opening your home to us when our planned accommodation didn’t work out, and then helping us settle into our new way of life. We are sorry that we will not be able to attend Bob’s Memorial Service, but we will be thinking of you on Feb 18th, and will raise a glass to old memories in Brum. Sincere condolences. hugs, Vic and Anita Greaves

From: Eric and Donna Dennis
Relation: Friend

We are unable to attend tomorrow, but we are thinking of you, Dot, and all the family, during this difficult time. We have so many happy memories and shared laughter from old times spent with you and Bob.
So sorry for your loss. Sincerely,
Eric and Donna

From: Maureen & Douglas McNeill
Relation: Friend

Our sincerest condolences to Dorothy, Natalie and families. Douglas & I were so happy to make it to the Memorial today. It was an absolutely beautiful service, and so well done. Especially the video of all the great-grandkids and the lovely and funny stories recalled by Kevin and Jason. Glad that I was able to meet Robert many times over my short stay at Hatton Ins. Such a gentleman and a very pleasant person on all of his visits to the office. Rest in peace and tranquility with the Lord. Your family & friends will look for you among the stars at night. :>

From: Bryan & Patricia Wallis
Relation: Dorothy and Bob were our neighbours in Lakeview subdivision on Donnay Dr. for many years.

May we offer our condolences to the family and Dorothy. We loved them as neighbours. Had many a chat over the cedar hedge, which Bob kindly let me help keep trimmed. Sad to hear of his death. May he rest in peace.

Service Schedule

  Memorial Service

Date & Time:
February 18, 2023
Beginning at 1:00pm

H.W. Wallace Cremation & Burial Centre
2853 Roberts Road,
Duncan,, BC V9L 6W3

A wake will be planned for this Spring in the UK where his ashes will be spread in his favorite boyhood woods.

2853 Roberts Road,
Duncan,, BC V9L 6W3

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