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JOSEPH SIMON FROESE

Born: Aug 28, 1960

Date of Passing: Sep 08, 2018

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JOSEPH SIMON FROESE Joseph Froese passed away on September 8, 2018, aged 58 years. Survived by his wife, Esperanza Gonzalez Arcia and children, Kianz and Jarmony Froese Gonzalez. Joe was born in Saskatoon, SK on August 28, 1960, son of Peter and Susan (Janzen) Froese. Joe was an accomplished inventor and entrepreneur, who was very committed to practical ways of promoting environmental sustainability, peace, social justice, and shared wealth. Raised in a Mennonite tradition on a farm north of Martensville, SK, his perspective on life later evolved to universal humanitarianism. His life journey was marked by numerous remarkable episodes. He bicycled across Canada and the US, was arrested for helping to turn a buffalo loose at a nuclear weapons base in South Dakota, designed and introduced solar ovens for widespread use in Eritrea and Cuba, and participated in post-earthquake housing construction in Nicaragua. In Cuba he worked with the Mennonite Economic Development Association and the Federation of Cuban Women, led by Velma Espin de Castro, first lady of Cuba, and received project support from the Rotary Club of Winnipeg. One of Joe's model solar ovens is still on display in the Botanical Gardens outside of Havana. He is the author of Marrying Cuba, a highly personal and perceptive, inside look at Cuba, published in 2013. Joe was very committed to sharing and teaching Re-evaluation Counselling. This methodology is based on an understanding of how internalized distress patterns can be discharged through supported emotional release, thereby helping people to regain their rational thinking and humanity. He was a very dedicated husband and father and a close ally of his children. Joe had a very wide and diverse group of friends. He designed and installed PVC fences and promoted his innovations through various business partnerships. He also was a partner with Esperanza in her Canada-Cuba travel agency and in supporting Cuban cultural exchanges and the Cuban Pavilion at Winnipeg's Folklorama. Joe survived years of serious health challenges with a determination to live life to the fullest. He finally succumbed to cancer after a very brief hospital stay in Carman, close to his home in Brunkild, MB. A memorial service will be held at Centro Caboto Centre, 1055 Wilkes Ave., Winnipeg, on Sunday, September 16 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 13, 2018, Sep 14, 2018, Sep 15, 2018

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • I wish for you a great journey Joseph and keep your lights on. - Posted by: Hugo (Family friend) on: Sep 15, 2018

  • I met Joe more than 25 years ago in our home province of Saskatchewan at one of his solar oven workshops. Rather than make money by selling the ovens or patenting his design, Joe’s philosophy was to teach us how to make them for ourselves. His enthusiasm was contagious. Soon Joe and I were fund raising in Vancouver where I was living, so he could spread the technology to war-torn, fuel deficient Eritrea. The flow he created was unstoppable. He gave me one of his solar ovens as a thank you. That’s how Joe was. He would get an idea and go for it, always challenging the status quo. It was Joe who introduced me to Cuba and I ended up teaching there. A giant version of his solar oven is at the Havana Botanical Gardens Restaurant I discovered on one of the field trips I took with the children in my class. I finally caught up with Joe in Vancouver again when he was staying with his son Kianz, only a few blocks from my place. Joe came to my school and spoke to my students about all kinds of things, from solar energy to blue scorpion venom as a cure for cancer. We baked cookies for him in the solar oven he gave me so many years ago. What I will remember about Joe is his openness, his compassion for people and for the environment, his loyalty and love for his family, his vision for the Earth, his energy. What Joe taught me was to have the courage to believe in myself and my ideas, no matter how impossible they might seem and to act on them. Joe was a good friend and I’ll miss his crazy laugh, his intense conversations and his listening ears, walking across the parking lot to meet us, puffing on his Cuban cigar. - Posted by: cindy (friend) on: Sep 14, 2018

  • FRIDAY 14/18 SORRY YOUR GONE! FANTASTIC LIFE YOU SEEM TO HAVE-HAD. I'DE LIKE TO BUY YOUR BOOK ON CUBA. CONTACT MY E-MAIL ADDRESS. LOVE TO YOUR FAMILY! WHERE EVER YOU ARE...IS WHERE YOU BELIEVE- I'M SURE YOU WOULD SMILE- AND SAY..HEY! I SOLD MY BOOK! THANK YOU! JOE.......CHARLIE - Posted by: Charlie (FRIEND) on: Sep 14, 2018

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