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CORNELIUS (NEIL) FRIESEN

Born: Apr 22, 1931

Date of Passing: Nov 02, 2018

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CORNELIUS (NEIL) FRIESEN April 22, 1931 - November 2, 2018 On November 2, 2018, Neil passed away peacefully into the arms of the Lord. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Mary, of 66 years. He was also predeceased by his parents, Martin and Mary Friesen; stepmother Katherine; brothers, Tom, Rudy, Pete, Frank and Les; and sister Martha. He is survived by his brothers, Richard and Wally; sisters, Tina and Evelyn; daughters, Helen, Marjorie (Eddie), Leona (James) and Gloria (Mark); grandchildren, Andrea, Tyler (children, Kaleigh, Kyrah and Mikayla), Darryl and Eileen (children, Tyrell, Treyson, Samson and Ozell), and many nieces and nephews. Dad was born on April 22, 1931 in Herbert, Saskatchewan. He attended school until 1947 and spent several seasons working as a farmhand. He moved to Manitoba in 1947 where he met Mom in the fall, and they married on July 5, 1951 in Firdale District. They moved to Carberry in 1952 and then to Brandon in 1955, where he devoted himself to a four year apprenticeship course in carpentry. In 1961, they relocated to Austin, Manitoba and then to Winnipeg in 1970, where they purchased their home, and Dad obtained a job with the Provincial Government working as a Building Inspector. Dad had a creative passion for working with wood. He spent countless hours in his home workshop crafting pens, puzzles and clocks. He prided himself in making unique gifts for his children and grandchildren. He was also an avid gardener and enjoyed bird watching. Mom and Dad took many trips when the girls were younger. They travelled to Disneyland, Mexico, Churchill and the West Coast. Mom and Dad travelled to the East Coast with the motorhome he refurbished himself. After Dad retired, he devoted much of his time to volunteer work with the Union Gospel Mission and Janz Team Ministries. He travelled to Brazil to help with mission work and to Israel with a group from Elmwood Community Reformed Church. Dad was good-natured and made friends wherever he went. He was outgoing, had a great sense of humour and loved to partake in a good joke. His jovial character made it easy for people to quickly warm up to him. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need, especially his family. His faith was strong; every morning he read the Bible and did daily devotions with Mom and his favourite verse was John 14; 1-6. Dad's love and devotion to Mom remained strong until her passing; he tirelessly cared for her and was by her side as she took her last breath. His family would like to extend their sincerest gratitude and appreciation to the doctors and staff at St. Boniface Hospital for providing the most compassionate care during his last days. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Place of Grace Church, 1040 Beach Avenue, Winnipeg, MB, with viewing prior to service at 10:00 a.m. Interment at Wheeler Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Union Gospel Mission, Place of Grace Church or a charity of your choice.
Publish Date: Nov 8, 2018

CORNELIUS (NEIL) FRIESEN Neil passed away peacefully to be with the Lord on November 2, 2018, at St. Boniface Hospital. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 66 years, Mary, on March 6, 2018. He is survived by his four daughters, four grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Funeral service will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at Place of Grace Church, 1040 Beach Avenue, Winnipeg, with viewing prior to service. Interment at Wheeler Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Union Gospel Mission, Place of Grace Church or a charity of your choice. Longer obituary to follow.
Publish Date: Nov 6, 2018

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 06, 2018, Nov 08, 2018

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Sincere condolences to Neil’s family. Will remember his cherry personality. He always took time for family functions & funerals, that’s where we would cross paths with him. - Posted by: Ralph & Sheila Friesen (Cousin) on: Nov 11, 2018

  • Neil's smile and inquisitiveness about the world are what I will remember most. I saw him on my visits to Canada, to visit my mom (his wife's cousin). My house has several constant reminders of his beautiful woodwork. I'll remember him so fondly. - Posted by: Helen Cameron (cousin's daughter) on: Nov 10, 2018

  • So sorry to hear of the passing of your wonderful Father. We were so glad to have spent time with him at the family gathering in July. Our sincerest condolences to you all. Henry and Joan Martens and family - Posted by: Sherry Martens (Great niece) on: Nov 08, 2018

  • Our condolences to the family as Neil was a good friend and step brother. Over the years we have talked to him on the phone about once a month. He was always so positive and upbeat even after Mary's passing. We will miss his cheery voice and face. He now is where he longed to be, with his Lord and Saviour. May God bless you, his family, as you mourn the loss of your father. - Posted by: Neil & Marge Unrau (Step brother & spouse) on: Nov 08, 2018

  • I am saddened to hear about the loss of Neil. He sincerely loved the Lord, and with this love he in turn loved so many People! Neil was an Encouragement to Everyone who knew him! There was a unique Joy that he shared everywhere he went! Although he is not here with us this side of Eternity, he is Resting in the Hope of His Soon Coming Messiah! May the Memory of His Name be a Blessing to All who hear it!! - Posted by: Daniel Riedner (Friend, We were attending the Same Congregation ) on: Nov 07, 2018

  • We will miss your phone calls and your love Neil. We will meet again. - Posted by: Wilf and Elsie Dueck (Cousin) on: Nov 07, 2018

  • Grampa, I miss you so much my heart hurts. There are times when I want to call you and ask for your help and then I remember that you’re not here anymore. I am comforted knowing you are with Gramma now. I hope we are all making you proud. I LOVE YOU. - Posted by: Andrea Murphy (Eldest Granddaughter ) on: Nov 06, 2018

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