Memorable Manitobans: Edwin Gardiner Dunn Freeman (c1890-1973)
Born in Florida around 1890, the son of George Edwin Freeman and Elya Price Freeman, he graduated from the University of Toronto (BA), Knox College, and Columbia University (New York City) with a Bachelor of Divinity. On 17 January 1917, he married Minnie Ada Davis (c1890-1969) at Waterloo, Ontario then went to Toronto as convenor and Pastor of St. Enoch Church (1918-1920). He came to Winnipeg in 1920, as Pastor of the King Memorial United Church (1920-1929). During the last year of his tenure, he succeeded Rev. Dr. W. J. Aikens as Chairman (1929) of the Winnipeg Presbytery of the United Church of Canada. He was then Pastor (1930-1936) at St. Paul’s United Church in Port Arthur, British Columbia and President (1936-?) of the Manitoba Conference of the United Church of Canada. In the early 1940s, he returned to Winnipeg as a Professor of Theology at United College, after which he became Dean of Theology (1946-1957). In addition to attaining an MA degree, he received an honourary Doctor of Divinity from Victoria University (1943) and United College (1958). He died at the Grace Hospital on 20 March 1973.
Ontario marriage registrations, Ancestry.
“Rev. Freeman, Toronto, called as Pastor of King Memorial Church,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 September 1920, page 13.
“Rev. E. Freeman new Chairmen of Presbytery,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 September 1929, page 3.
“Receives call,” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 December 1929, page 7.
“Heads churchmen,” Winnipeg Tribune, 2 June 1936, page 5.
“Minister two carried on during severe years merit rest, United Pastors told,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 June 1936, page 18.
“Awarded degree,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 March 1943, page 3.
“Gives degrees to Ministers,” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 October 1946, page 17.
Obituary [Minnie Ada Freeman], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 December 1969, page 33.
“Theology Deans,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 May 1971, page 31.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 22 March 1973, page 37.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 27 May 2017
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