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Centenarian remembered by friends and family

Freda Fennel, above, during the Second World War, and below, in the 1970s.  - Contributed photos
Freda Fennel, above, during the Second World War, and below, in the 1970s.
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One of the country’s oldest residents has died.

Freda Muriel Fennel died June 22 in Peace Arch Hospital’s Weatherby Pavilion. She was 105.

“She was quite a neat old girl,” said Georgina Anderson, Fennel’s niece.

Born in Birmingham, England on May 14, 1909, Fennel had lived in White Rock since 1976, in a home on a Victoria Avenue lot that her father bought in 1920 to use as a summer cabin.

As a child, Fennel lived in New Westminster and Burnaby, but spent summers and holidays at the cabin, Anderson said.

The second oldest of four children – all of whom are now gone – Fennel and her sister Mabel once won White Rock’s long-defunct sandcastle competition, Anderson said.

“The historical society had a photo of them,” she said, noting her aunt was later active in that same society, as well as the Anglican church.

“She was fairly well-known throughout the area,” Anderson said.

During the Second World War, Fennel served with the St. John Ambulance Corps.

Fennel called the Weatherby Pavilion home for six years.

 

 

 

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