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FRIESEN, Clarence Blake
May 26, 1918 - January 9, 2012
Blake Friesen passed away peacefully with his family by his side at the Newport Harbour Care Centre in Calgary on Monday, January 9, 2012. Blake was born in Langham, SK in 1918 to Cornelius and Elizabeth Friesen. He graduated from Rosthern Junior College and subsequently studied to be an accountant and auditor. In 1944, he married the love of his life, Louise Toews, daughter of the late Rev. David Toews. Blake had a distinguished career with the Canada Revenue Agency spanning over three decades. Blake was an inspired, dedicated leader who worked tirelessly for the Mennonite community. He was instrumental in forming the Regina Grace Mennonite Church in 1955. Between 1963 and 1972, Blake served on the Rosthern Junior College Board of Directors in various capacities including chairman. From 1973 to 1984, he was a prominent Charter Member of the Mennonite Foundation of Canada, and also served as a Stewardship Consultant and the National Manager. Blake enjoyed current events, photography, bowling and golf. He and Louise loved travel, spending winters in Arizona and Palm Springs, as well as trips to Europe and Mexico. Blake was a true gentleman whose gracious optimism will be missed by all who knew him. He is survived by his loving children, Gary (Anne) Friesen, Alan (Sharon) Friesen, and Howard (Julie) Friesen. He was an inspiration to his grandchildren, Kristina (Josh) Tiessen, Scott Friesen, Shaun Friesen, Erin (Garver) Friesen Wong, Kim Friesen and Mark Friesen. Also left to mourn are his siblings Ed (Lillian), Eleanor (Menno) Mantler, John (Leola), and many other relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his cherished wife of sixty-six years, Louise, in 2010 and his sister Lillian (Albert) Peters. As a husband, father, and grandfather, Blake's warmth and good nature shone through. His many accomplishments have provided a role model for his loving family. Friends and relatives are invited to pay their respects at LEYDEN'S FUNERAL HOME (corner of 17 Avenue and 2 Street S.W.) on Monday, January 16, 2012 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A Service of thanksgiving for Blake will take place at Trinity Mennonite Church (DeWinton, Alberta) on Tuesday, January 17, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Interment to follow at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to MCC. The family would like to acknowledge the compassionate care provided by the staff of Newport Harbour Care Centre. Condolences may be forwarded to the family by visiting . Arrangements entrusted to LEYDEN'S FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORIUM (304 - 18 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB). Telephone: 403-228-4422.

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Published in Calgary Herald on Jan. 14, 2012.
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January 19, 2012
Dear Friesen Family,
My deepest sympathy goes out to you during this time of morning.
I can remember the first thing Blake said to me. I said " Hey Blake, how are ya?" and he said "Not too bad, for an old man"
I will miss him around Newport.
Kendell Shepherd
January 16, 2012
Dear family of Blake,
We send you our warm greetings as you remember your father and grandfather who lived a long and very abundant life in his service to God, to the Mennonite Church and the community. We remember how your family welcomed us to your home many times for meals and overnights and gave us a sense of belonging to the Mennonite Church in Regina. His legacy in the development of Victoria Anvenue and later named Grace Mennonite Church is not forgotten. His life lives on through the service of others. May you find joy even as you mourn the loss of your Dad and may you be richly blessed as you remember. Otto, Florence, Joan and Karen
Otto & Florence Driedger
January 15, 2012
To the Friesen Family. Our sincere sympathy to you in the loss of your Dad. We knew you all from Regina days.
The Cycle of Life goes on and we know there are many great memories of your father. May God be with you. Peter and Trudy Epp
Peter & Trudy Epp
January 14, 2012
Dear Friesen Family,
Our sympathy on the passing of your Father and Grandfather.
We regret we will not be able to attend the funeral service.
We are volunteering with YWAM in Hawaii.
May God comfort all of you,
Doug and Anna Marie Boyes
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