By Freda Rumford from the February 2010 Edition
Pictures contributed by Director of Tourism for Manzanillo, Edgar Lepe.
Along the sidewalk by the ocean in central Manzanillo (the Malecon) are statues donated to Manzanillo by the Governor of the State of Colima over the past few years. These are a series of monuments dedicated to the oceanic way of life of the people living in the Port City of Manzanillo and given in appreciation of the important part that Manzanillo plays in the economy of the state of Colima. There is no single individual portrayed, as in the case of the various statues of dignitaries also in the downtown core.
Whilst enjoying the views of ocean and moored boats in the harbour, take a moment to read the inscriptions on the monuments and consider the lives depicted.
Most knew her as Freda Rumford. Freda Anne Vickery was a founder, editor, and contributor of the Manzanillo Sun magazine. She was one of the founders and, took over being President of the Manzamigos, when her husband Nigel, died. When she first came to Manzanillo, she got a job writing for the Guadalajara Reporter and used that as a foundation for her later humanities work. Freda was born in the East side of London in 1934 but grew up in Norwich. Freda’s early life was one of overcoming things. As an example, she was born with a lisp but one of her first jobs was being a telephone operator after some extensive elocution lessons. She met and married a young military man and, like so many others, they and their children moved to Canada for his employment opportunities and she ended up working for the Hudson’s Bay Company in cosmetic sales in Calgary. They moved to BC and then to Manzanillo, for her health, which flourished in the tropical weather. After Nigel died, she later married Kirby Vickery. She later became ill and finally lost the battle with cancer on the 27th of February 2016.