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Freda Boreham
Harris (Young)
1919 - 2019
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Obituary for Freda Boreham Harris (Young)

Freda Boreham  Harris (Young)
May 13, 1919 - April 5, 2019

Beloved daughter of the late Percy Lorne Young and Emily Daisy Young. Predeceased by beloved siblings Lorna Daisy Young, Marjory Emily Young, and Allison Earl Young (Ruby). Kindly remembered by Clifford (Dorothy), Ruth Erdeley, Frances Gagnon, and Norma Freeman. Widow of Nelson Francis Harris. Predeceased by dear cousin and friend Norma Chatwin. Devotedly loved and loving mother to Jennifer Emily Lorna Hayman (Robin), to whom she was a lifelong friend, mentor, teacher, and spiritual role model. Beloved mother of Catherine Marion Davies (Eric) -- her little "Swiss Miss" and fellow career woman. Mother-in-law to Robin, about whom she said that "he is the son I never had." Treasured and deeply missed by her darling grandsons Colin, Andrew, Peter, and Michael Hayman, dearest granddaughter Erin Bakas (Alex), and youngest grandson Benjamin Davies. Remembered fondly by nephew Alan Young (Suzanne). Predeceased by nephew John Robert Young and niece Daisy Burman (Brian). Remembered by nieces and nephews David, Mark, and Christine of Ottawa, as well as Jeffrey, Steven, Christine, Lorraine, Nicole, Daniel, Debbie, and Colleen. Loving great-aunt to Ryan, Derek, Neil, and Alan; Tammy and Valerie; and Miriam. Fondly remembered by second cousin Ann Chatwin. Freda had a long and distinguished career, beginning during the war when she worked for the Bank of Canada, followed by her graduation with a B.A. (Honours) in the first graduating class of Carleton University, after which she joined External Affairs (now Global Affairs) and held postings in Dublin, Ireland (during which she spent time in Paris obtaining a French Language Certificate from the Sorbonne); and Rome, Italy. She returned to Ottawa to obtain a Bachelor of Library Science degree (University of Toronto) and marry. With newborn baby, she rejoined her husband for a posting in Geneva, Switzerland, where she gave birth to a second daughter. The family then returned to Ottawa, where she went to work as editor of the Canadian Educational Index. From there, she moved on to a long and very distinguished career as Chief Librarian for the Solicitor General of Canada, ensuring access to libraries and training for federal inmates. She was also at times head of the Canadian Library Association and a consultant, e.g. on a graduate program for librarians at the University of Ottawa. In her private life, she was a devout and active Anglican for most of her life, participating as a choir member, a minister of the sacrament, a reader, and a delegate to Synod. In her nineties, she converted to Catholicism and remained an avid reader of Scripture and apologetics. She was also a prominent member of the King's Daughters Association of Ottawa and delegate to many international conferences. She volunteered for the Meals on Wheels program. She was also a member of the University Women's Association of Ottawa. A great pleasure to her were her annual visits to Chattauqua and the Presbyterian Music Camp, as well as her international tours. Her open, generous, cheerful, and loving personality will be missed by friends, family, and all who knew her. "He giveth His beloved sleep."

Friends are invited to the Central Chapel of the Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street (at O’Connor) on Thursday May 23, 2019 from 2-4 & 7-9pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Saint Patrick Basilica, 220 Kent Street on Friday May 24, 2019 at 10am. Reception to follow at the Funeral Home.
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