FREILL, Gerald George "Jake"
Cdr (Ret'd RCN)
The family sadly announces the passing of Jake Freill at the age of 79. Jake attended RMC in 1952 which led to a successful career in the Royal Canadian Navy for 28 years where he was given the command of three destroyers. He then enjoyed a second career as Vice President of the National Sport and Recreation Center. In his retirement years, Jake led an active lifestyle with his wife of 56 years that included golf in summer and downhill skiing in winter. He was recently presented with the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his extensive volunteer work. He fought a courageous battle with cancer and died peacefully May 1, 2013, with his wife by his side. Beloved husband of Leonne Freill (Daoust). Loving father of Shirley (Jacques Lacourciere), Michael (Dawn), Barry (Dawn-Lynn), Peter (Tracey) and Norman (Ilona). Proud grandfather of twelve grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Dear brother of Eileen, Marion, Pauline, Sheila and Howard. Predeceased by his parents George and Elvine, his brother Ronald and his sister Audrey. Friends and family are invited to visit Beechwood Cemetery & Funeral Services, 280 Beechwood Ave. Ottawa on Wednesday, May 8 from 2 to 5 pm and 7 to 9 pm. A mass in memory of Jake will be celebrated Thursday May 9 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church, 1758 Alta Vista Drive, at 11am followed by inurnment with Military Honours at the National Military Cemetery at Beechwood Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the RCSC Education Foundation, www.canadianseacadetscholarships.ca