Freida Margaret Briscoe

June 10, 1925 – November 7, 2021

A Life Well Lived


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Freida Briscoe on November 7, 2021 at the age of 96 surrounded by her family at Lanark Heights Nursing Home in Kitchener. She will be lovingly remembered by her son Brent Briscoe and daughter in-law Lori Briscoe, her precious grandchildren Colin Briscoe (wife Taylor Briscoe), Cara Briscoe and great grandchild Bauer Briscoe, all of Waterloo, and her brother Don Mitchell of Blind River. 

She will also be missed by her dear friends Bob and Judy Chambers of Barrie, Carolyn Blackburn and Pat Jones of Stratford and the truly wonderful caregivers at Lanark Heights Long Term Care Home. The caring and compassionate staff that worked on Frieda’s floor wept at her passing as they felt like they had lost their own mother. We are eternally grateful to everyone at Lanark Heights who surrounded Freida with love, care and dignity in her last few years. We are also extremely grateful to the wonderful caregivers at Cedarcroft Place in Stratford. 

Freida was predeceased by her loving husband of 70 years Norm Briscoe November 4, 2021 of Stratford, parents Sam and Naseema Mitchell of Blind River, sister Leta Brearly of Burlington, sister Mary Mitchell and brother Fred Mitchell of Blind River and loving son Rory of London.  

Born in Sault Ste. Marie in 1925 Freida Mitchell, one of five siblings, grew up in Blind River Ontario. Freida loved playing with dolls and was the shortest of her brothers and sisters, thus the family lovingly nicknamed her “Dolly” by which she is still referred to today.

With a strong love for children, Freida pursued a career as an elementary school teacher at the age of 21 after attending teachers’ college in North Bay. She began teaching in Blind River and soon moved to Kapuskasing where she met the love of her life Norm Briscoe in 1949. She married Norm on August 6, 1951 in Blind River. In 1954 Norm and Freida moved to Toronto and started a family. Rory was born in 1955 and Brent in 1959. She cherished her two sons and nurtured them with unconditional love all their life. Very often referred to as “the best mom they ever had” by her two boys. 

Anyone that knew Freida grew to love her as she always made people feel important and genuinely cared about. She was a good listener, was interested in the details of your life and was concerned about your happiness and well-being. Freida made lifelong friends in each community in which she lived.

With Norm being a banker, the family moved frequently to various communities in Ontario, such as Markham, Woodstock,  New Liskeard, Hanover and they settled in Stratford in 1975. As their favourite place, Stratford is where Norm and Freida chose to stay. Freida was an active community member volunteering for many organizations such as Meals on Wheels and the Rotary Club of Stratford. She led an active lifestyle and loved playing golf. Freida golfed every day well into her 80’s and was an excellent bowler and badminton player, bringing home many trophies. Freida loved entertaining and enjoyed cooking for friends and family for every holiday and special occasion. She also proudly hosted many Royal Bank staff pool parties at her home on Viola Court. Freida was most proud of her precious grandchildren, Colin and Cara, and she would light up when they came to visit with their little dog, Sophie.  

While we are sad for our loss, our hearts are filled with love, joy and gratitude for Freida’s life well lived. You were our Matriarch, and we love you so much!   

 Family and friends are invited to a visitation at the W. G. Young Funeral Home, 40 Huron St, Stratford on Monday, November 15, 2021, from 12 noon until 2 p.m. The funeral service will take place at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. All guests must provide proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and identification prior to entering. Those who wish to join the family from their home can do so by clicking view livestream under Freida’s obituary on the funeral home website. Interment will follow in Avondale Cemetery. As expressions of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Lanark Heights Long Term Care Home (cheques payable to Residents Council Lanark Heights) through the funeral home. 519.271.7411.

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