It is with the greatest sadness, that we announce the sudden passing of Allen Gary Freeman age 71 of Beaverbank, on May 6, 2023. Allen died at home surrounded by his family. Allen was born on January 14, 1952 in Digby, he was the son of Roger and Leah Freeman (Hirtle) and the grandson of Burtis and Vivian Freeman (pines) of Bear River.
Allen was raised on his grandparents’ farm where they instilled in him his excellent work ethic and love of politics which he carried through his whole lifetime.
Allen took great pride in all that he did in life, especially raising his family and being with extended family and friends. He was always there to help even if it was just to lend an ear to a problem. Allen had a gift for kindness and compassion, his calming voice and listening ear were sometimes all that was needed to calm a person in times of trouble, you always came away a better person after talking with him.
Allen’s love of travel and gift for meeting people contributed to his love of trucking and his many stories which he shared often with those he cared for. He worked successfully in many fields in his life but his true passion was "trucking". He had gained lasting knowledge and experience through his working life, which came in handy for even the smallest of jobs, from fixing a fridge to replacing a car part or even digging a well. His thirst for knowledge grew throughout his life and his stories would grow with it. He would keep us entertained for many hours.
Allen and his wife, Shelley, shared the greatest love story, a true partnership in every sense of the world. Their commitment to their family, extended family, and those they loved was unwavering and their greatest joy.
Allen has left all of us better people for having known him as he touched us all in his own special way. The world will be sadder for loosing such an honest important man. It was a true privilege to have known Allen or to be a part of his world. The memories Allen has left us with will be with us forever. Thank you, God for having shared him with all of us.
Allen is survived by his wife of 31-plus years, Shelley Shea, of Beaverbank; his two-daughters Patricia Freeman, Crystal Freeman (Mike Sullivan); and his son (stepson) Shawn Shea (Daelynn Saulnier); his 11 grandchildren and their spouses, Shania Muise, Wylie Church, Kirkland Shea Muise, Marc Legacey, Amanda Shea Roy, Colby Shea Muise, Shyann Hickey, Tyler Freeman, Dustin Freeman, as well as Jordan Saulnier (Ashley Malyneaux) and Brandon Saulnier (Keisha Toner); as well as 5 great grandchildren, Elijah Marangoni, Isaiah Farnel Muise, Autumn Farnel Muise, Brady Saulnier and Ashton Flemming.
It should be noted that Allen had the great privilege of helping to raise Elijah and having instilling his morals and values, hopefully for his lifetime. He truly adored all of the children as he considered them gifts from God. Recently we added more children to the family the Flemming family.
Allen is also survived by his siblings, Karen Skinner (Brian) who he treasures, Greg Freeman, and Corrina Freeman who were estranged. As well as many nieces and nephews which he loved dearly.
Allen was predeceased by his grandparents Burtis and Vivian Freeman (Pines, of Bear River; both of his parents Roger Freeman and Leah Hirtle; his brothers, Stephen Freeman, Quenten Freeman, Vernon Freeman, and Ivan MacLaughin.
Allen was cremated as per his request and a celebration of Allen’s life will be planned for later in the summer due to some health issues.
We would like to thank everyone who helped with the 911 call on May 6, 2023, a special thank you to Shawn Foran for his help with Allen on his last day and to Patricia (his daughter) for her help with Elijah. It was invaluable Thank-You.
"Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave and impossible to forget"
Arrangements have been entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home, 34 Coldbrook Village Park Dr., Coldbrook, NS, B4R 1B9 (902-679-2822).