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Born: Mar 01, 1937

Date of Passing: Feb 05, 2021

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March 1, 1937 - February 5, 2021

It is with deep sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of Bernhardt (Ben) Friesen on February 5, 2021. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends that he left behind.
Ben was predeceased by his beloved wife Roslyn; his sister Margaret; his brothers, Dick and Peter. In 2006 Ben married his longtime friend Heather. He is survived by his wife Heather; children, Sharon (Murray) and Greg.
Ben was born in Waldhein, Saskatchewan. He attended University in Saskatoon where he obtained his science degree. He then went to Toronto and received his Meteorology degree.
Ben has worked for the Federal Government from the time he began working until he retired at age 55. He started his career working for the Government of Canada with the military in Portage La Prairie, then Trenton, and then Winnipeg. He then went to Moose Jaw to run a Meteorology office there, and then back to Winnipeg to run the office here.
Ben needed to take a French course working for the Federal Government. After retirement he taught Meteorology in French at Boeing in Portage la Prairie part-time until age 65.
Ben attended Prairies Spirit Church and sang in the choir. He also enjoyed attending the Baby Boomers Café put on by the Continuity Care.
We are so thankful for the treatment and the compassion shown to Ben by Dr. Sin and the staff at the St. Boniface Hospital. We can't say enough to thank them.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Prairie Spirit United Church and to the Continuity Care Baby Boomers Café.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, a Celebration of Life service will be held at Prairie Spirit Church at a later date.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 13, 2021

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • My condolences to Heather and Ben's family. May you find comfort and peace in remembering your memories and knowing Ben lived such a full life. - Posted by: Helen Whetter (Friend) on: Mar 01, 2021

  • Dear Heather, Sharon, Murray, and Greg - my deepest sympathies to you on the recent passing of Uncle Ben. Although we didn't spend much time with you all, because we lived in the west, I always enjoyed it when we were able to see you. May God bless you and remind you of His love during this time, and I hope you remember all the happy times. Love to you all, Grace - Posted by: Grace Friesen (Niece) on: Feb 16, 2021

  • We have lost a very valuable man. My Uncle Ben was a man of great knowledge. He was fun loving, could tell great jokes, and such a gentleman. He was always there to give a helping hand. He was very artistic in his wood working projects Aunt Heather, Sharon and Greg. My arms are wrapped around you, giving you big hugs & kisses. All my love Marguerite Posted by: Marguerite Colborne (niece) Feb 13 2021 - Posted by: Marguerite Colborne (niece) on: Feb 13, 2021

  • Memories of Ben Friesen stretch back many decades. I first met him at about the age of 7, when my Aunt Ros introduced him to us and shared their wedding excitement. As a pre-teen and teenager, my favourite thing to do was spend weekends or summer holidays at the home of Ben and Ros, Sharon and Greg. Because they were younger then my own parents, Ben and Ros always seemed hip and fun to me! As a father and uncle, I always found Ben to be firm, fair and fun. He loved to play guitar and sing in his deep baritone voice, and he was so handy at fixing anything and building furniture out of wood. He was happiest in his woodworking room or sitting beside Ros at the piano. I picture him at the wheel of some vehicle, window cracked open so he could smoke, driving the whole family to Sandbanks beaches or out for an ice cream treat. He was generous with his time, kind, responsible and loved to joke around. His church mattered deeply to him, and both church and neighbourhood friends benefitted from his generosity throughout his life. I’m grateful that Heather brought comfort and love in Ben’s later years and that she wrote annual updates and Christmas letters to relatives such as myself. - Posted by: Marney Beck Robinson (niece ) on: Feb 13, 2021

  • Sending my sincere condolences to Heather and Ben's family. I met Ben and Ros many years ago at A&W and always enjoyed coffee time with our little group. - Posted by: Herdith Flaig (Friend) on: Feb 13, 2021

  • I knew Ben for a few years through our connection at Baby Boomer Cafe. Ben and Heather were strong supporters and leaders for many years organizing some of the events for the community of individuals with intellectual disabilities. Ben enjoyed interacting with everyone in the group. Ben also had a tremendous talent for woodworking and there are some intricate pieces of furniture and a huge floor clock he built. His sense of humour, patience and his kindness will be missed by all who knew him. Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Gisela Runge (Friend) on: Feb 13, 2021

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