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Born: Mar 20, 1909

Date of Passing: Oct 20, 2008

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BROWNIE (CLARIS) FREEDMAN Passed away peacefully at the age of 99 at the Sharon Home, Winnipeg on October 20, 2008. Brownie was the beloved wife of the late Samuel Freedman, Chief Justice of Manitoba (1971-1983) and Chancellor of the University of Manitoba (1959-1968). She was born on March 20, 1909 in Winnipeg, one of four Udow sisters, Roselle (Abramson), Edith (Tapley) and Brownie's twin-sister Ruth (Pollock). Brownie attended the University of Manitoba then the Winnipeg General Hospital School of Nursing. She was a caregiver her entire life, first as a nurse, then as a mother and grandmother. Brownie drew people of all ages to her; she was a great listener and friend. Her many friends regarded her as a confidant who expressed a sincere interest in their lives and the lives of their families. Her zest for life did not wane as she approached old age. She played tennis at 80 (with friends who were often 30 years younger), drove a car until she was 90, and had a keen interest in the world around her, reading two newspapers daily until shortly before she died. Loving mother and mother-in-law of Martin and Roxy Freedman, Winnipeg; Susan Freedman and Bill Galloway, Vancouver; and Phyllis and Bill Shragge, Hamilton. She also leaves her devoted grandchildren, Jacqueline Freedman, Karyn Freedman (Bruce Lynn), Lisa Freedman, Alan Silverman, Jennifer Silverman, Marla Eisenberg (Doron Eisenberg), Avi Shragge (Emilie Lavictoire), Andrea Shragge, Benjamin Shragge and Rebecca Shragge and great-grandchildren, Ethan and Talia Hrabinsky. Brownie will also be greatly missed by her best friend Veronica Mensforth. Donations in memory of Brownie Freedman may be made to the Brownie and Samuel Freedman Fund of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, (204) 477-7525, or

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 08, 2008

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • My late husband Eric Paul Encontre was a health care worker and showed me the card Brownie gave him and said she gave him a tip of $100. Eric looked after Sam before his death. My god mother Sandra Munro was a cook at Sharon home..small world. I didnt know about Mr. Freedman and his wife Brownie except that my late husband told me about them. Rip - Posted by: Natalie Encontre (Widow of eric encontre sam f's pallative caregiver) on: Jul 05, 2019

  • I used to work as a part-time receptionist at the Sharon Home. For some reason, I thought of her today. I used to see her come by the front desk on her regular walks wearing her sporty matching (often velour looking) pants and long sleeved sweaters, she would smile and we would chat. She had the kindest and warmest smile. Brownie even let me borrow some of her books from her collection to read. She was such a sweet lady, I was lucky to have had the chance to meet her. - Posted by: Vanessa (Pelletier) on: Sep 30, 2018

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