Centenarian remembered by friends and family
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.