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Date of Passing: Mar 15, 2023

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Peacefully, and surrounded by family, Ted (Theodore) Froese, 91 years old, of Winnipeg, Manitoba passed away on March 15, 2023 at Concordia Hospital after a brief illness.
Left to treasure his memory are his wife of 64 years Irene, daughters Debbie, Lori and Beverly, grandchildren Greg, Stephanie (Leyton), Mark, Andrea (Matt), Jon (Kass) and Nicole, great granddaughters Bella and Aubree, sisters Marian (Abe deceased) and Herta (Wilmer), brothers John (Judith), Eric (Anne), Peter (Gerda), and Jac (Margaret), Angie and her boys Lars and Ronnie, and numerous beloved nieces, nephews and friends. He was predeceased by his mother Agatha, father Franz, second mother Elizabeth, brother Frank, sister Frances, brother-in-law Abram, and best friends Henry Dyck and Abe Banman.
Ted was born on October 6, 1931 in Einlage, Ukraine. The family arrived in Canada as refugees from war-torn Europe in 1948. They settled in Steinbach but it was not long before Ted moved to Winnipeg where he worked in a lumberyard and took night classes to upgrade his education. Ted started his 26-year career with Canada Safeway, working his way up from clerk to store manager. In 1979, Ted and Irene opened Froese's Food Fare where he worked happily and tirelessly until his retirement in 1991. After retiring, Ted and Irene enjoyed many years of travelling, and split their time between Winnipeg and BC to spend time with their children and grandchildren.
The funeral service will be held on Saturday, March 25 at 11:00 a.m. at Douglas Mennonite Church, 1517 Rothesay Street, Winnipeg, with a viewing prior to the service. Burial to follow at Heritage Cemetery in Steinbach.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Friends of the Mennonite Centre in Ukraine at and click "donate".
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to all the WRHA home care aides who supported and cared for Ted over the last two years. They also extend their deepest and heartfelt thanks to the palliative care team at Concordia Hospital for their exceptional care and kindness.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 18, 2023

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • I met Ted Froese around 1967 when he was a store manager at Safeway and I was just starting out. He was a fantastic boss, always honest, fair and kind, and a great mentor. Our professional paths continued to cross over the years and our relationship went from work colleagues to friends. We went for more coffees than I count! He will be missed by everyone who knew him. - Posted by: Henry Winter (Work colleague and friend) on: Mar 27, 2023

  • My deepest condolences to Ted's family. I only knew him as "Uncle Ted" to my best friend Billi-Jo. I had the privilege of going out to the lake with her on several occasions and the most memorable was when Uncle Ted drove the boat for people to water ski and I actually water skied. He was patient, patient, patient, even if it took 10 tries to get up on those skies! I'll never forget it. Thank you for that. I got the chance to thank him and reminisce in person at the family gathering last summer and we had a good chuckle. Little things go a long way. - Posted by: Gabrielle Doll (Friend of his niece Billi-Jo) on: Mar 21, 2023

  • I too was hired by Mr. Froese young, when I was 14 but that was because he was my Uncle Ted. I learned my work ethic at his store. Uncle Ted employed many relatives. We called it Family Fare. As many have stated he was generous and kind and a sharp business man. He helped my mother and her young children in many ways over many years when my father died young. I learned many things from my Uncle Ted but he exemplified intelligence and kindness. As the second oldest child in his family he was old enough to remember the war and was good friends with my father so I will cherish the visits we had in the last few years where he talked about his memories of the war and my father. I am sad that his memories of the war were no longer just memories but realities once again in exactly the same place he grew up. I am also sad I won’t be able to celebrate his life at the funeral. Rest In Peace Uncle Ted and my deepest condolences to Tante Irene and my cousins, I know how hard it is to lose a parent, it’s never easy even when they are older but rest assured he lived a full life of great experiences surrounded by his large family and many friends. - Posted by: Peter (Nephew ) on: Mar 21, 2023

  • Ted was one of our very best customers at Merchants Consolidated, who were his suppliers and sponsors of the Family Fare food group. As franchise manager I had many, many meetings with Ted. As a business man and as a friend he had no equal, he was always reasonable, friendly, smart and overall a great person. He ran a great business and was very successful. So sorry to hear of his passing. To Irene and the family our most sincere condolences. I am now 97 years old and had been thinking about Ted in the past few weeks, wondering where he was at this time. Now I know, He as a good man and will be sorely missed by many. - Posted by: Maecel Verdonck (Business and friend ship) on: Mar 19, 2023

  • Mr. Froese was my Manager when I first started at Safeway. What a great manager he was. We all respected him. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. May God give you peace and understanding at this time. - Posted by: Barbara Baxter (Retired Safeway Employee) on: Mar 18, 2023

  • I want to express my deepest condolences to the Froese family. Mr. Froese was the best boss I ever had and I thoroughly enjoyed working at Food Fare in McIvor Mall. I appreciated the entire Froese family as they were so good to me while I worked there. - Posted by: Helen Bell (Former employee) on: Mar 18, 2023

  • Our condolences to Irene, Jac, Margaret and family. We were saddened to hear of Ted's passing. Even though we haven't seen Ted in years, we remember him as a gentle, kind man. May the Lord bless you and keep you in His care. - Posted by: Carol & Terry (Neighbors at the lake) on: Mar 18, 2023

  • I worked for Ted, first at Safeway, then at Food Fare. I always admired him as he was an honest, respectful man who was a hard worker. Most always, I saw his VW Beetle in the parking lot as I came to work. He seemed to always be at work. I found him to be generous with his large staff, always sharing his profit in the store, by giving us a raise too. I enjoyed all the years of working for him & Irene - both are “good people”. Sincere condolences to Irene, his daughters and the rest of his family. - Posted by: Linda Gillis (Graham) (co-worker) on: Mar 18, 2023

  • I'm saddened to hear of Ted's passing. Ted hired me at Safeway at the tender age of 15 1/2 yrs, when the required age was 16 at the time. He was a special guy, who taught me many life long lessons, which has served me well. He was intense on presentation of the store, especially the produce dept, where I ended up & still have a passion for, shopping for groceries today. He made a point of chatting with customers & making them feel welcome with that infectious smile. Rest in peace Ted, you're now in the "true gentleman's" dept. Al Jones - Posted by: Al Jones (past employee) on: Mar 18, 2023

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