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Dolan Edward Freeman

1934-2024

Dolan Edward Freeman
Dolan Edward Freeman

We are saddened to announce the passing of Dolan Edward Freeman, on Friday, February 23, 2024, husband of Dr. Emily Freeman and father to Debora Freeman. Known affectionately to friends and family as Doley, he was born in the small rural village of Greenfield, in Queens County. At the age of seventeen he joined the Army where his superior driving skills were quickly identified, and he was assigned to the Royal Canadian Service Corp as a driver for medical personnel and ambulances. He completed a two-year tour of duty in occupied Germany and, while there, explored much of the country as one of the doctors frequently requested him as a driver for weekend excursions.

After a four-year stint in the Army, Dolan joined the RCAF where his excellent mechanical skills saw him funneled into training to service Argus aircraft. Because he graduated at the top of his class, Dolan was able to choose the base to which he would like to be transferred, Greenwood. Between the Army and the Air Force, Dolan and Emily met. They recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. They had one child, Debora, who is a criminal defence lawyer in Toronto.

Dolan always used to say that he used up half of his luck when he persuaded Emily to marry him and used up the other half when his daughter was born. Although he enjoyed his work at CFB Greenwood, Dolan decided to return to civilian life and was honourably discharged. Having only completed grade nine, he took night courses to attain the necessary credentials and then enrolled at Acadia University where he completed a B.A. and a B.Ed. He took German for his language requirement course thinking that his time in Germany would make this course a breeze. He joked through his life that he only passed the course because he promised his professor he would never take another. After graduating, Dolan subsequently obtained a teaching position at Greenwood Elementary and then later at Kingston and District Elementary School. After ten years, increasing difficulties with hearing, attributed to the loud noise associated with his work on military aircraft, caused him to be unable to continue teaching.

Dolan was active all of his life. He was a baseball enthusiast in his youth. He loved music, playing the guitar until his fingers would no longer permit it, and constantly regaled the family with bluegrass and his lifelong favourite, Johnny Cash. He hunted, fished, and spent his weekends helping others whether it be building cabins, helping friends and neighbours, or driving his daughter to horse shows. Wherever he went, laughter followed. He was renowned for his dry, sharp sense of humour which he retained to the very end of his life. In his later years he was dubbed the miracle man for constantly defying medical predictions of his death.

His passing leaves a void in our family. We will honour his wish that there be no funeral. Arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. On-line condolences and inquiries may be directed to www.whitefamilyfuneralhome.com.

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There will be no visitation or funeral service.