Gresford loses tireless community worker

The late Freda Collison.

The late Freda Collison.

The Gresford community turned out in force on February 7 to farewell Freda Collison who died at age 92.

“To clearly understand, what Freda’s best attributes were is simple,” said Cr Glenn Wall during her eulogy.

“All one has to do is define “Faith, Family,  Commitment and Dedication.

“Freda was tireless in her efforts to achieve the highest standards ….   her distinguished service to not only the Gresford Community, the State of NSW and a grateful nation is indeed noteworthy.”

The former Dungog Shire Citizen of the Year was the postmistress of Cross Roads Post Office Gresford from 1949 to 1961.

She married Raymond Collison at St Anne’s Church of England on April 16, 1949 and the couple  welcomed five children John, Cynthia, Graham, Paul and Rosemary.

Mrs Collison was involved with the Gresford Country Women’s Association for decades, was a plane spotter with the Volunteer Defence Corp during World War 2, and was an  extremely active parishioner at St. Anne’s Anglican Church, Gresford including being a Sunday School teacher.

She was a member of the St Anne’s Women’s Guild and served as the Gresford Public School  P & C Treasurer for 17 years.  She was a Committee Member and Secretary of the Gresford District  Brownies and Girl Guides Association for 33 years; a founding member and Patron of the Gresford Historical Society Museum; Vice President of the Gresford Ladies Bowling Club for more than 30 years; a member of both Friends of C.B. Alexander Agricultural College “Tocal” at Paterson and Gresford and Dungog Meals on Wheels; a member of the Gresford District Agricultural Society for 70 years and a Patron of that group and President of the Gresford District Historical Society.