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Looking for information on David Edgar Freeman 1945-2012

Looking for information on David Edgar Freeman 1945-2012

Posted: 1551897644000
Classification: Query
I am looking for pretty much any kind of information I can find on the late Canadian Playwright David Edgar Freeman. I’ve been looking now for sometime and keep hitting dead ends.

David was my husband’s biological Father which not many actually knew but that’s another story for another day.

What we’d really like to know is who David’s parents were and whether or not David has any siblings.

Here’s what we do know;

David was born on January 7th 1945 in Toronto Ontario.

He had Cerebral Palsy.

He attended the Sunnyview School for the handicapped. It was there where he wrote poetry, and short stories.

He eventually began writing plays such as “Creeps” and “Battering Ram”. Some of which were performed at the Tarragon Theatre in Toronto.

He attended MacMaster University graduating in 1971 with a degree in Political Science.

He was in a common law relationship with a woman named Francine Marleau. They lived together in Montreal Quebec from 1975 until her death in March 2010.

David himself passed away on November 14th 2012.

If anyone out there may know anything especially who has parents were please let me know.

Thanks :)
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Posted: 1551934440000
Classification: Query
A direct descendent can get the birth certificate from the government.
Also, the plot owner will be listed at Mt Pleasant Cemetery and may be a relative.
Cemetery should have name of informant.
Funeral parlour would have informant.
I was thinking he may have been abandoned at the school but it was a government place and looks like the pupils were bussed there.
Does Sunny View have list of pupils.
McMaster University Archives have a David Edgar Freeman Fonds 1952-2012.
Source of acquisition: bequest from David Freeman's estate.
May be something in those.
What was in his will?

Re: Looking for information on David Edgar Freeman 1945-2012

Posted: 1551965129000
Classification: Query
We actually thought about contacting Mt Plesant Cemetary but wondered if they would actually tell us or not.

Not sure if Sunnyview would have a list of pupils or not.

As for what’s in his will we don’t know. We haven’t seen it.

We will contact the cemetary today though to see what they say. If we don’t get anywhere with them we have the forms to fill out to send to Montreal to obtain a copy of his death certificate as he was living in Montreal at the time of his death.

It’s my husband’s hope that if we don’t locate a family member that we at least connect with a friend or colleague that knew him and knew him well. My husband just wants to know more about who his father was, like his favourite colour, what kind of food he liked to eat, etc etc.

Re: Looking for information on David Edgar Freeman 1945-2012

Posted: 1551988011000
Classification: Query
Have to tried contacting the theatre company he was involved with? His partner was an artist so there would be some contact with the arts community in Montreal.
Try this site re probation of wills. It explains where documents can be found etc.
http://www.archives.gov.on.ca/en/access/documents/research_g...

Re: Looking for information on David Edgar Freeman 1945-2012

Posted: 1551992374000
Classification: Query
We did contact the Tarragon theatre but no response.

We also tried contacting the Courthouse in Montreal to see who his executor was but we kept getting the run around being told to call various numbers.

We also tried contacting a couple of Montreal funeral homes but nothing there either.

David did have a Facebook account and we went and messaged almost everyone on it. There were a few that replied saying that they didn’t actually know him but one lady did. She gave us the name of a friend of his that was friends with him right up until his death so I reached out to that man with hopes he’d know a little about his family background.

I checked out the archives but found them hard to navigate. They did bring me though to what looked like possibly vital statistics so I reached out to them about obtaining a birth certificate if it has any parental information on it.

Mine and hubby’s fingers are crossed.

Re: Looking for information on David Edgar Freeman 1945-2012

Posted: 1551992604000
Classification: Query
Good luck. He sounds like a very interesting person.

Re: Looking for information on David Edgar Freeman 1945-2012

Posted: 1562347164000
Classification: Query
Hi, I drove a Wheel Chair bus back in the late 1980's and dropped people at Sunnyview often. I did find his birth announcement. Not sure if you have it or not.

Toronto Star Jan 9, 1945 page 20
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Posted: 1562347382000
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Edited: 1562347477000
Looks like he may have written this article .
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Posted: 1562356657000
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Edited: 1562357935000
Obituary

MARLEAU, Francine 1951-2010 Francine Marie Lucienne Marleau, beloved companion of David Freeman and sister of Jocelyn Valliquette and Normand Marleau, died March 5th, 2010. On Thursday, Aug. 26th, between 7pm and 9pm, a memorial will be held in Room H1267 in the Hall Building of Concordia University 1455 De Maisonneuve. Published in Montreal Gazette from Aug. 21 to Aug. 24, 2010

A maybe ??? ...
https://www.canada411.ca/res/5142577810/Normand-Marleau/4179...

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Possible ??? ...

Miss Gloria Freeman in the Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980

Living at 3358A Dundas St. West with Harry, watchman and Mrs. Dorothy Freeman (no occupation).

Name: Miss Gloria Freeman
Gender: F (Female)
Year: 1963
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Electoral District: High Park

https://www.ancestry.ca/interactive/2983/33022_302255-01514?...

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Mrs Dorothy Freeman in the Canada, Voters Lists, 1935-1980

Living at 3358 Dundas with Harry - watchman.

Name: Mrs Dorothy Freeman
Gender: Female
Occupation: Housewife
Year: 1958
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Electoral District: High Park

https://www.ancestry.ca/interactive/2983/33022_301997-00094?...

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Find A Grave ...

David Edgar Freeman
BIRTH 7 Jan 1945
DEATH 14 Nov 2012 (aged 67)
BURIAL
Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Toronto, Toronto Municipality, Ontario, Canada
MEMORIAL ID 145805503
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/145805503/david-edgar-fr...

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McMaster University Library
Archives and Research Collections
http://archives.mcmaster.ca/index.php/david-edgar-freeman-fo...

Title proper
David Edgar Freeman fonds
Reference code - RC0267
Date(s)
1952 - 2012 (Creation)
Creator
Freeman, David E.

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Toronto Public Library - 13 Photos of David ...

https://www.torontopubliclibrary.ca/search.jsp?Erp=20&N=...

Re: Looking for information on David Edgar Freeman 1945-2012

Posted: 1562360332000
Classification: Query
A handicapped boy writes about his struggle to escape from THE WORLD OF CAN’T
JULY 4 1964 ...
https://archive.macleans.ca/article/1964/7/4/a-handicapped-b...

This article reads Padrid Freeman - 19 years of age - the magazine article reads David Freeman and he talks about his struggles growing up. He was five before he learned to walk.

In the article he mentions his father worked odd hours as a security guard and his mother was a homemaker.

Could Harry the watchman be his father?
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