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DAVID EDWARD FRIESEN On February 10, 2021, David Edward Friesen passed peacefully, at the age of 82, in the company of his family. He was deeply loved and admired by many for his love of life, vast knowledge and unwavering commitment to his family and friends. He will be greatly missed by Marilyn, his loving wife of 56 years, and his partner in countless adventures. Whether living in a town, (pop. 12) for a year in the NWT, or hiking across Baffin Island, they shared a passion for the outdoors and the physical challenges that accompanied each expedition. Born on March 4, 1938 to Edward and Beatrice Friesen, he was a devoted son and loving younger brother to his sister Elizabeth. Over the years he shared fond memories of his childhood, growing up in the close community of friends in Montreal where he attended Selwyn House. Ultimately, his family moved to Toronto, and he went on to earn his Civil Engineering degree at the University of Toronto in 1961. After university he earned his CA and worked at Clarkson Gordon and then Rogers Communications Inc. where through his talent and dedication he rose to the role of President of U.S. operations prior to his retirement. A devoted father to Lianne, Michael, Catherine, Chris and Andrew, and father-in-law to Nick Woolridge, Mark Maybank and Lupita Aragonez. He welcomed each person into his life with an open heart and unconditional love. As a member of the Governor General's Horse Guards from the age of 23, he worked tirelessly and gave generously of his time and expertise to countless projects and held several distinguished positions including Commanding Officer and Honorary Lieutenant Colonel… a sixty year passion! Always active, he cycled, ran, xc skied, back packed, canoed and kayaked, and in more recent years walked countless kms daily, accompanied by his beloved dogs. Skilled in many domains, in his retirement he undertook woodworking projects building armoires and wooden chests. Alongside his wife, David built a cottage and a log cabin, both on Silver Lake near Gravenhurst. He will be profoundly missed by his five grandchildren, Claire, Aaron, Aline, Theo, and Aidan. With a sparkle in his eyes and a mischievous smile he was always ready for playful banter and showed a keen interest in their lives and great pride in their endeavours. He was the person you could count on when you needed help. He was often already there before you had even asked. He lived his life fully and courageously, an inspiring example that will continue to guide those who knew him and be passed through the retelling of so many wonderful memories, for generations to come. A gathering to honour David and celebrate his life will be held at a later date. Anyone who wishes to make a donation in his memory are invited to direct their donation to the charity, Save the Children.
Published in The Globe and Mail from Feb. 13 to Feb. 17, 2021.
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February 25, 2021
With deepest sympathies to the Friesen family from your neighbor.
The Ferreiras
Neighbor
February 25, 2021
Dearest Lianne and family.
We are in awe with respect for all your father’s wonderful adventures and accomplishments, yet he was very kind and humble.
Lianne, I see how much you have in common with your father and are inspired by him. You especially have his infectious, warm smile. I always found your smile to be one of my favourite parts of you and it always makes us feel loved.
When you smile again, you will feel his love shining through you, as I feel my mom’s love through me.
Sending you all our love and support.
Giovannina (Joanne) Colalillo, John, Julien and Zoe Cristante
Friend
February 20, 2021
Dear Marilyn, As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends. Our deepest condolences to you and your family.
Jaqueline (Jackie) & Bryan Murdoch
Friend
February 20, 2021
On behalf of my family I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the Friesen family and especially my friend from childhood Lianne. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
Anthony Edwards
Neighbor
February 19, 2021
We have fond memories of all the holidays we spent together, from the Arctic ice to the Argentinian coast.
Joyce and Tony harrison
Friend
February 16, 2021
My families condolences to LCol Friesen. I always enjoyed talking with him whenever we met at military functions! Thank you for sharing your 'war store's we me!
branko gasperlin
Military
February 14, 2021
I worked for David at Rogers for 11 years. He was the kindest and dearest man and I am so glad I knew him. Deepest Condolences. Rosalyn Tucker
Rosalyn Tucker
Friend
February 14, 2021
A good friend and fellow GGHG for 58 years, which means I will not only miss him but I am privileged to have so many warm memories of him. Rochelle joins me in the Hebrew blessing: May his memory be a blessing.
John Burns
Friend
February 14, 2021
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
Wendy Burggraf
Friend
February 13, 2021
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