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General News · 30th December 2012
Friends were saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Wilfred Freeman, in his 95th year, at his home in Willow Point on Dec. 23, 2012. Wilf was reported to have been struck down by a heart seizure as he worked to clear snow from his driveway. His friends on Cortes Island will remember Wilf for his many contributions to our community, from work bees at Manson’s Hall, preparation for community picnics, construction of our volunteer Firehall, operation of the Volunteer Fire Department, development of the Rod & Gun Club firing range and too many other activities to list. Wilf was a logger who loved the forest and the outdoors, and had a long working partnership with Bill Matthews. Elmer Ellingsen regarded Wilf as the best brother-in-law and friend a man could want. Wilf was truly a community leader. Wilf was May Ellingsen's brother. She passed away earlier this year.

Our condolences to Wilf’s wife Nora and to his family.

This notice came from the December Seniors Newsletter that arrives in every seniors email/mail box on the island that is a member of the Cortes Island Seniors Society.

The photo is from the CIMAS website:
May and Wilfred Freeman, the children of George and Robina (Manson) Freeman, on the beach near the Hidalgo Point end of Stag Bay, Hernando Island. The building at the left end of the fence was known as the Rorison house. In 1915-16 a fisherman named Bisnet lived there and in 1917 the Mike Manson family moved in. The fence had been built earlier and protected some fruit trees.