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FRIESEN, Leonard
June 20, 1926 – November 18, 2015
Leonard left this earthly realm on November 18, 2015, at the age of 89. He would be described by all who knew him as a passionate man who embraced life and filled any room with his exuberant personality. Dementia devoured Leonard over the last several years, yet we are left with memories of a man who was not only curious and adventurous, but a natural leader due to his empathy, hard work and charisma. Leonard was a great Alberta cattleman who was inducted into the Alberta Agriculture Hall of Fame for his contributions and was well known for his column "Cattle Call" in Alberta Beef. He wrote five books, including one about the Calgary Stockyards called Cows, Cowboys, Cattlemen, and Characters. Leonard was the General Livestock Manager for Burns Canada and then had his own company, "Leonard Friesen Cattle and Properties", for many years. At one time he was President of the Calgary Livestock Exchange, ran ranches at Willow Creek, Alberta, and Kit Carson, Colorado, and judged hundreds of 4H shows. Leonard was a diverse entrepreneur, who in past years operated a hardware store in the Spruce Cliff district; owned a banana plantation in Columbia, South America; ran a food plant in Phoenix, Arizona; and owned and managed rental properties in Calgary. His Christian faith was paramount in his life and he held various leadership roles in Killarney Baptist Church and Evangelical Free Church. Born to Katherine (Klassen) and C.W. Friesen in Beaver Flat, Saskatchewan, the youngest of 13 children, Leonard married the local teacher, Edna Peters. Their 69 year marriage was filled with love and respect for one another and was truly exceptional. They had six children: Leland, Wardlow, Melody, Delight, Graham and Trent. The family home, which was located over the years in Killarney, Glenbrook, Windsor Park, Airdrie and Panorama Hills, was filled with laughter and love, and overflowed with friends and relatives. Leonard is survived by his loving wife Edna, sister Helen Dyck, sons: Ward and Graham (Dalene); daughters: Melody (Bruce) and Dee (Roger) and his daughter-in-law, Lisa. He was predeceased by his sons: Trent (1990) and Leland (2001). Leonard is survived by sixteen grandchildren: Duan, Shane, Ryan, Michelle, Nicholas, Florence, Charlotte, Melissa, Luke, Merisa, Lisa, Christopher, Stephanie, Michael, Hunter and Carson) and twelve great-grandchildren: Keone, Colton, Keland, Levin, Liam, Noah, Bailey, Morgan, Akita, Erianna, Miguel and Afton. He is also survived by cousins and numerous nieces and nephews. The family would like to thank Grace and Harold Preet for their steadfast devotion to Leonard and Edna, and the staff at Carewest Garrison Green for the care they provided Leonard over the last five years. Funeral Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 in the Chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home, 1605 – 100 Street S.E., Calgary, AB. To express condolences, please visit: www.mountainviewmemorial.ca.


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Published in The Calgary Herald from Nov. 20 to Nov. 23, 2015
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