January 9, 1949 – December 5, 2019
We deeply mourn the passing of our beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, Freye Parkhouse. Freye died peacefully at home in Sechelt, BC due to ALS.
Freye was born to English parents, Dorothy Borrows and Frederick Parkhouse, in Windsor, Ontario. Though he spent most of his life in Canada, his time in England as a child and his enduring family connections there greatly influenced him.
He earned a B.A in linguistics from Simon Fraser University and an ESL teaching certificate from the University of British Columbia. Freye had a number of careers that included hotel management and teaching, but his heart’s work was in caring for children. He worked for the Boys and Girls Clubs in Vancouver and Kamloops and at Joey’s After-School Day care in Nelson. Freye touched the lives of countless children sharing with them his playfulness, athleticism, imagination, and belief in each child’s innate worthiness.
Freye lived his life according to principles of kindness, justice, and peace. He viewed the earth as a living being, and trod gently upon Her. Freye loved to study and to write and leaves behind poetry, novels, and essays. His sense of humour and laugh were legendary. Football (soccer) brought him great joy and he had an unbreakable allegiance to team Everton.
Freye is survived by his wife, Bobbie Ogletree, his daughter Deanne Jorja Schaffer (Dave), stepchildren Sol and Shoshana Guy, grandchildren Denae Kenney (Tanner), Hadyn Johansen (Carlee), Zoe Schaffer, Soleil and Shakur Guy and his long-time soul friends Charlene Dunford and Ina Guy.
A memorial for Freye will be held on the Sunshine Coast in the spring, date to be announced.
Online condolences and tributes can be left at: www.devlinfuneralhome.ca
“His life was gentle, and the elements so well mixed in him that Nature might stand up and say to all the world: this was a man.”
Devlin Funeral Home
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