Note: DAVID J. FRIESEN Passed away peacefully, on Thursday, October 24, 2002. David was born on April 2, 1919 at Weidenfeld, (near Rosenfeld) to Jacob Friesen and Agatha Stoesz Friesen. As a child he attended St. Peters School, but he was much more interested in all aspects of farming. He passed on his love of horses to subsequent generations and took great pride in watching them ride. After leaving school he worked on a number of local farms before leaving for Clear Lake where he joined workers in the Conscientious Objector Camp. On December 7, 1941, after a two-week engagement, he married the love of his life, Margaret Rempel, and they set up homes on various farms before moving to Morris, MB in 1949. After spending a number of years working in construction, he joined Ogilvy Elevators and was the grain buyer in McTavish. When Ogilvy Elevators and Manitoba Pool Elevators merged he took over the position of grain buyer at Smith Spur and happily stayed there. Not one to rest, after his retirement, he could be seen visiting his former customers and often helping them to bring in the crops. He continued selling hail insurance until 2001 when he was 82 years old. David was a family man. After he and Margaret raised their four children they took great joy in providing a refuge for 14 foster children. Following the death of Margaret in 1986, and, sometime later, a harrowing car accident, David created a new life for himself in the community. His warm and caring nature attracted young and old alike. The children especially waited for his visits, as he invariably had a treat for them. He was proud to be honorary uncle or grandpa to many. He saw no need to travel, except to visit his children, but, was keenly interested in both world and community affairs. This provided him with a perfect excuse to exercise his other great pleasure, driving his bright yellow car, to pick up the newspaper. After voting in the municipal election, and enjoying a quick chat with friends, driving home in his Tweety, speaking on the telephone with his son, David fell asleep, leaving a void in all our lives. He leaves behind son Jim; daughters, Judy (Ron Fawcett), Jo (Gary Irwin) and Janet; four devoted grandchildren, Shannon (Darryl King), Dawn (Scott Burant), Laura and Kristian and three perfect great-grandchildren, Cody, Alanna and Riley; brothers, Ed and Corny and sisters, Tiena, Mary and Dora plus an extended family of nieces and nephews, as well as a community of friends. David was predeceased by his beloved wife, Margaret, as well as brothers, Bill, Jake, John and Peter. Viewing will take place from noon to 9:00 p.m. on Friday, November 1, and from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Saturday, November 2, at the Morris Funeral Home. Service will take place at the Kronsweide Church at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 2. Interment is at Kronsweide Cemetery. Following the service everyone is invited to join the family for "Vaspa" at the Lowe Farm Community Centre. Friends wishing to do so may make donations to the Morris Area Senior Services, Box 997, Morris, MB, R0G 1K0. Morris Funeral Home Phone: 746-2451 Toll Free: 1-866-746-2451
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