Freedman, Irene Doris

FREEDMAN, Irene Doris

1931 - 2022

Irene Doris (Blum)Freedman-

April 25, 1931 - February 26,2022.

With the dignity, strength, courage, and the privacy that our mother chose to live her life, Ma, Mom, Grandma, GG, Mrs. Murphy, Irene, Mrs. Freedman, all of which she may have been known by, passed away peacefully at Blanche River Health - Kirkland Lake Site surrounded by her family. She was predeceased by her beloved husband Morris (1999); parents Morton and Bessie Blum, and brother Adolph (Ruth) Blum.

Mom is survived by her children, Richard (Brenda) & Barbara, cherished “G” to Mitchell, “GG” to Kaitlin , Ainsley, Travis (Miranda) & Olivia. Sisters in law Ruth Tannewald (Kurt), Eunice (William) Freedman, as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

MOM, our rock, mentor, confident, best friend.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:

MS Society of Canada -

Shriners Children Hospital -!/donation/checkout?utm_source=shrinerschildrens&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=donateheader&utm_campaign=shrinerschildrens&c_src=shrinerschildrens&c_src2=header

Extendicare Resident Council - (155 Government Rd. E. Kirkland Lake, ON. P2N 3P4)

A celebration of mom’s life will be held in the summer of 2022.

A Funeral will be held on Thursday, March 3, 2022 at 1:00 pm at Pardes Shalom Cemetery - Community EEE (10953 Dufferin St, Maple ON).

A private Shiva will be held.

50 messages reçus

The Freedman Family

So sorry to read another K.Laker has passed away and a Friend....Met the Freedman's in 1969 while working at the Fashion Centre. Her hubby Morris were in the store on a regular everyday routine, being friends with the Wertman's and we stayed friends all these years. I am so sorry for your Family's loss. RIP Irene

Judy (Cale) Gervais, le 28 février 2022

Freedman Family

So sorry to hear of the loss of your mother , she was a great lady . lots of great memory's around there home our younger days.

ROB TAYLOR, le 28 février 2022

Richard, Brenda and family

So sorry for your loss Richard. I remember her as a very proud, intelligent and witty lady. My deepest condoleances to you and your family.

Rose-Lyne, le 28 février 2022

Freedman Family

We are sorry for your loss and send our sincere condolences to the Freedman family at this difficult time

Mike and Louise Leclerc, le 28 février 2022

Richard & Brenda, Barbara and families

I was so sorry to read of your Mom’s passing. She was a great lady and I always loved to chat with her when I saw her. Richard, I’m sure you and Brenda were a big help in making her comfortable in her last days. Take comfort in that. She will be with you always. Sending love and hugs.

Marjorie and Paul Harvey, le 28 février 2022

Richard, Brenda and families

I’m so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Cherish the memories.

Nicole Brissette , le 28 février 2022

Friedman family’s

Condolences to Irene’s family. Irene was such a lovely supportive lady. We knew Irene and Morris all our years in Kirkland Lake. She now rests with Morris. They were a part of Kirkland lake’s heritage.

John & Lesia little , le 28 février 2022

Freedman Family

Our deepest condolences to the freedman family
May the peace which comes from the memories of love shared,
Comfort you now and in the days ahead.
Thanks for being my friend Irene
R.I.P You will be missed

Ron &Joyce Davis, le 28 février 2022

Richard and Brenda

Saddened by this news. Condolences to Richard, Brenda, and family.

Sharon and Murray, le 28 février 2022

The Freedman Family

Was so sorry to hear of the loss of another true pioneer of our community. She was quite the lady, always had a smile and a wave to her neighbors, she will be missed.

Brian and Mary Culhane, le 28 février 2022

Richard, Brenda, Barb and famiy’s

This is such sad news. Irene was such a beautiful person. She educated and inspired me. The world is a better place because she was here. My deepest sympathies.


Noella Labine Bustraen , le 28 février 2022

The Freedman Family

Wishing you all strength and courage in the days ahead!

Lorne and Sue Comba, le 28 février 2022

Richard, Brenda, Barbara & Family

Our sincere condolences. Your mom was such a beautiful person inside & out. So many fond memories. She will be missed. Thinking of you all at this difficult time.

Kathy & Jim, le 28 février 2022

Richard & Family

So sorry to hear of your mom’s Passing. May she Rest In Peace.

Pat Kiely, le 28 février 2022

Richard and family

Please accept our deepest condolences. Fred has many fond memories of your mom. Cherish the memories and may she rest in peace.

Erin Leffers & Fred MacKinnon, le 28 février 2022

All those who loved rene

I can’t tell you the number of times I spent treasured moments somewhere in KL chatting with this very special, very interesting lady. She was always so anxious to share thoughts about the worlds events and local goings on. I just loved running in to her. It was always a delight to spend time with her. I will miss her. Thoughts and prayers for all the family.

Claire Schonfeldt, le 28 février 2022

Richard & Brenda and the Freedman family

Richard, am so very sad to read about your mom's passing. I have known your mom for a very long time and I know how much she will be missed. She had a great sense of humor and wit about her. Our sincerest condolences. RIP Irene.
Charlene & Rick Owen and family.

Charlene & Rick Owen, le 28 février 2022

Richard and family

Sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you all.

Darren Phillips , le 28 février 2022

the Freedman family

very sad news condolences we will all miss this first class Lady

jase, le 28 février 2022

Richard, Brenda and Family

Our condolences to all of you with the loss of your mom...

Alison and Glenn Whyte, le 28 février 2022

Richard, Barbara and Family

Your Mom was a very special lady and I hold many fond memories of her. I am happy that I was able to see her again and introduce my kids to the lady who made magic soup.

Sending my sincere condolences to everyone. Caroline, Kevin & Family

Caroline Mallette, le 28 février 2022

Barbara and Richard

Our sincere condolences to you and your family. Your Mom was such a good friend to my Sister Suzan. Rest In Peace Irene

Bob and Sandy Kapustik , le 28 février 2022

Barb and Richard

My deepest condolences, your mom was a wonderful lady, she will be missed but you will always have the memories

Sean McCarthy , le 28 février 2022

Richard (Fredman) and family.

Please know my prayers are with you in your time of grief as you live out these first difficult days and weeks. I’m praying God’s peace, comfort and blessing upon you all.

Rev. Joan Locke, le 28 février 2022

The Freedman Family

My sincere condolences.

Gayle Havrot, le 28 février 2022

Richard & family

Richard i was saddened to hear of your very special Mothers passing. I am sure the memories you share will help in the coming days .
Your friend ,

Robert Turcotte ...

Robert Turcotte , le 28 février 2022

Richard, Brenda & Freedman family

Condolences on the loss of your mother.

David & Yolande Shortt, le 28 février 2022


I am heartbroken. Irene was very dear to me.


LESLIE MILLS, le 28 février 2022

Barb, Richard and families

Sorry to hear of the loss of your dear mother. Condolences to all.

Wendy Sherratt Hogan, le 28 février 2022

Richard and Freedman Family

Richard I am deeply sorry of your mom’s passing. She was an absolute pleasure to talk with. We had many intellectual conversations. When I would mention my travels around the world and especially New York City we both had a lot to talk about. She knew my parents very well and knew me growing up as a little girl. Both of our parents’s businesses across the street from each other on Government Road. Mrs Freedman you will be greatly missed by me. May you “Rest In Peace”. Shalom
Michelle St. Georges

Michelle St. Georges , le 28 février 2022

Barb Richard and Freedman family

My heart broke when I saw the passing of your mom. Such a beautiful picture of a classy lady. I will always remember the times I would pass by her house with my 2 boys and she would come out to give them popsicles. They called her the popsicle lady. I will miss chatting with her. Rest in peace Irene. My heartfelt condolences.

Renee Carriere, le 28 février 2022

The Freedman Family

So sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. She was a very lovely lady. RIP Irene

Donna Laidler, le 28 février 2022

Brenda, Richard and family.

My most sincere condolences in the passing of your mom. Always enjoyed talking with her. Cherish all the memories. Lucy

Lucille Dinel, le 28 février 2022

Freedman Family

Sure going to miss my friend.
We sure knew how to get each other in trouble ✌

Tasha Graham , le 28 février 2022

Richard, Brenda and The Freedman Family

May the wonderful memories that your mom left you with help to get you through these difficult days. She was a very classy lady. We haven't run into her in years but when we did she always stopped for a chat. First Street will not be the same without her Richard. RIP Irene Gloria and Willie Semple


gloria semple, le 28 février 2022

Richard, Barbara & Families

Our condolences on the passing of your wonderful Mother.
We have fond memories of the times on First Street of your parents and Max.
It was always so nice to see her around town and to chat.
She will be missed.

John & Viviane Halsall, le 28 février 2022

Richard and Barbara

Richard and Barb, your Mom was a rock. I remember always when visiting your home how welcoming your Mom was. Your parents always made me laugh. I still quote Morris’s line commenting about the thriftiness of the Scots…”The lost tribe of Israel”. Our sincere condolences. RIP Irene

Marlene and Duncan Middlemiss, le 1 mars 2022

Richard, Brenda and Family.

Heart felt sympathy to you and yours on the loss of your Mom. Love and prayers.

Judy Mills, le 1 mars 2022

Richard and Family

Very sorry to hear of your moms passing, my deepest condolences.

Brian Coghlan, le 1 mars 2022

Richard, Barb and Families

We are so sorry to hear the news of Irene’s passing. She was an extremely pleasant , likeable lady who always was so interesting to have a conversation with. She was one of those who made K. L. a great place to live in.
We are so sorry for your and the community’s loss.
Our condolences to all-Brian and Gale

Brian and Gale Hamilton , le 1 mars 2022

Barbara, Richard and family

I have just learned of your mom's passing. My heart is filled with sorrow as I offer you my deep condolences. Barb, I have many fond memories of your mom that surface from our adventurous teenage years. She was a wonderful lady. As years went by she crossed my path often. Everytime I saw her she always had a kind word and a motherly smile.
I will keep you in my prayers and hope the tears you shed today will turn to happy memory smiles.

Sharon Fournier (Welsh)

Sharon Fournier, le 1 mars 2022

The Freedman Family

Although my parents may have known Morris and Irene for a lot longer, I got to know them when I began going to school with Richard in 1971. I made an instant connection. From that point on, I was a frequent visitor at their house. They always made me feel so welcome.

After Morris passed away and, later, my father, Irene remained a good friend to my mother.

My wife, Agnès, and I remained in contact with Irene over the years. We were pleased to see her whenever she visited North Bay, when would catch up on the Freedman family news.

Irene had many good qualities. The one I think we appreciated the most was her lack of pretense. Irene was a no-nonsense sort of person. She was genuine. What you saw was what you got. And you got a lot.

We know that Irene will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her, especially her family. We offer our sincerest condolences on such a great loss. May you be comforted knowing that you are not alone.

Gregory Ellies, le 2 mars 2022

Richard, Barbara and families

So very sorry for the loss of your Mom.
She was a very classy beautiful woman who I initially met during a visit to the synagogue in my primary school years. What a legacy she and Morris left in our little community.
Cherish those memories…

Hélène and Don Studholme , le 2 mars 2022

Barbara and Richard(and family)

So very sorry to hear of the loss of your Mother. Thinking of you and yours at this difficult time.

Mary Sangiuliano Peters, le 4 mars 2022

Richard and your family members.

Sorry for your loss. I remember Irene attending one of our sorority meetings in Kirkland Lake as Marilyn A.'s guest and sharing with us how she cared for her plants. To this day, I water my plants every Sunday and think of her.

Charlene Stevens, le 5 mars 2022

The Freedman Family

Richard, Brenda and family. As I discover this news today I am shocked and saddened to hear of Irene’s passing.
Please accept our since condolences. You, and Irene, have had a road to hoe!

Lynn and Doug Elliott, le 6 mars 2022


I am so sad to learn of Irene’s passing. She was a grand Lady…always had a smile on her face and time for a chat. She will be missed❤️

Heather Taylor Sandrin, le 8 mars 2022

Aunt Barb, Mitchell and family.

Sending our love and condolences to you all. Irene was such a lovely and kind woman. I hope you find peace knowing how much she loved you all.

Jennifer, Mark, Austin and Jordan Trochanowski, le 8 mars 2022

Richard, Brenda and Family

Condolences on the passing of your Mom. May good memories be close to heart.

Linda Wilson, le 11 mars 2022

Richard and Barbara

My condolences to you and your families.....

Rheal Larose, le 13 mars 2022

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