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 www.leydens.com
. Arrangements entrusted to LEYDEN'S FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORIUM (304 - 18 Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB). Telephone: 403-228-4422.