Freda Threlfall – an appreciation

Lent is a time for giving up something that we like or treasure. Little were the residents of Meadow Way to know that on the evening of Ash Wednesday, February 22, they would give up to God a beloved and loving neighbour, Freda Threlfall.

Lent is a time for giving up something that we like or treasure. Little were the residents of Meadow Way to know that on the evening of Ash Wednesday, February 22, they would give up to God a beloved and loving neighbour, Freda Threlfall.

Freda, so full of life and girlish fun, went to her reward after a very short illness. It will take a long time for the people of this small estate on the Castlecomer Road to realise that a wonderful neighbour is no longer with us. If we, as neighbours, miss her so much, how must her husband and family feel?

Some of is lived beside Freda for over 30 years. That period, which seemed to pass so quickly, is embellished with memories of Freda’s kindness and jovial demeanour. During the harsh winters of 2010 and 2011, her first thoughts were always for the safety and security of her older neighbours. Residents who had no water during the frozen spells were given access to her bathroom facilities. She thought nothing of hauling buckets of water to those who were without this everyday necessity.

Freda and her husband, Tommy, worked hard to ensure that their three children were well educated and provided for. They succeeded admirably. Though possessed of a strong work ethic, Freda always had time for a laugh and a joke. Many a dull day was brightened by her wit and humour.

Freda’s great hobby was her garden. She could be heard singing as she mowed her lawns. Weeding the lovely flower beds, which she and Tommy created, was not a task to her but a joy. The weeding was regularly interrupted for a chat with her neighbours. One always felt happier after a lighthearted chat with Freda.

The admiration and affection in which Freda was held was reflected in the packed St Canice’s Cathedral, where her funeral service took place. Our sincere condolences to Freda’s husband Tommy, her children Lesley, John and Erik, her brothers and sisters, her son-in-law William, her daughter-in-law Michelle, her beloved grandchildren, nephews, nieces and other relatives.

“She met God at sunset, the waning of the day.

She had made Him happy, she had lived His way.”– J.F.