Stanislaw Freyman passed away unexpectedly on January 2, 2005.
He is survived by his loving wife Janina of 40 years; older brother Andrew; adoring daughters, Elizabeth and Monika; and his granddaughter Sophie.
Born in Warsaw, Poland in 1936, Stan lived a rich life spanning four continents and almost seven decades. He spent the Second World War years in Palestine where his parents worked for the Polish Red Cross. His family later moved to Egypt and then settled in Pretoria, South Africa. Stand did most of his schooling in South Africa including obtaining a degree in Agriculture. He then completed his doctorate in Agronomy at the University of British Columbia and worked as a research scientist for Agriculture Canada in Kamloops, Lethbridge, Alta., Hyderabad, India, UBC Research Farm, and Agassiz, B.C.
Stan was also a farmer, teacher, an active volunteer with St. Mary’s Parish in Chilliwack, and on the board of Kopernik Lodge, a home for the elderly. Retirement did not dampen Stan’s desire to grow, learn, and live a life in service to others. He tended his garden, continued to volunteer, worked part-time driving buses and trucks, built, flew (and repaired) model airplanes, and led through his actions. Stan always held a love and respect for nature, but in his latter years his concern for the environment grew and he acted upon his concerns, riding his bike and taking his generosity and selfless support.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 7, 2005 at St. Casimir’s Church, 1187 East 27th Ave., Vancouver. A Memorial Mass will be held at St. Mary’s Church, 8909 Mary St., Chilliwack on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2005 at 11 a.m.
Donations in his memory, may be sent to the Kopernik Foundation, 3150 Rosemont Dr., Vancouver, B.C. V5S 2C9. 604-438-2474.