April 25, 2013

Walter J. Freestone


---- — STE. ANNE-DE-BELLEVUE, QUEBEC — Walter J. Freestone, age 88, quietly passed away on April 22, 2013, at Ste. Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec.

He was born in Toronto, Ontario, the son of James C. and Sarah (nee Graham) Freestone.

He was predeceased by his loving wife of 62 years, Madeleine, in 2010.

Walter was a member of the Royal Canadian Navy and fought in WWII. He was an able-bodied seaman aboard a flower-class Corvette. After the war and his discharge from the Navy, he returned to his employment at Northern Electric where he met his wife. While they were building their home in a suburb of Montreal, Walter volunteered with a local boys' club, took classes in electronics repair as well as working full time. He was also the Volunteer Recreation Director for the city in which he and his wife lived and was very involved with youth hockey programs.

He worked as a department manager at Northern Electric/Nortel until age 51, when he retired. Later, he began working for the City of Cote St. Luc and was instrumental in the over-seeing of the construction of the local ice arena. He was Arena Manager for several years until he turned over the reins to his successor. He then took over the task of being the full time Recreation Director for the City of Cote-St. Luc until his second retirement at age 65.

After his retirement, he and his wife took several cruises, vacations with family, and enjoyed their lives until poor health overcame them both.

He is survived and will be greatly missed by his daughter, Lynn Warren of West Chazy, N.Y.; a son, Lindsay Freestone of Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec; and his granddaughter, Kyle Yanulavich of Plattsburgh, N.Y.; his sisters, Mina, Rose, and Sarah; sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law, and several nieces and nephews.

Apart from his wife and parents; he was predeceased by his brothers, Ross and Frederick; and a sister, Verna May, who died as an infant.

There will be no calling hours. A grave site service will be held at the National Field of Honour in Pointe-Claire, Quebec.

In Walter's memory, donations may be made to Ste. Anne's Hospital Foundation, 305 boul. des Anciens-Combattants, Ste. Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec, Canada H9X 1Y9, or the Last Post Fund, Regional Office, 505 Ren^ Levesque Boulevard, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H2Z 1Y7.