April 11, 1923 – February 9, 2004
Born April 11, 1923 in Sumanovka, Russia, he migrated with his father and mother in 1925 settling first in Saskatchewan. After spending a number of years in various parts of Alberta, Jack found work at the Co-op in Pincher Creek and was trained as a meat cutter. Jack was led to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ in 1952 by his mother, just prior to her passing away.
After moving to B.C. in 1956, Jack met and married Sue Klassen, and they lived and had a family in the Chilliwack area for 12 years. Moving to Abbotsford in 1968 Jack started working at Funks Supermarket where he worked for 24 years up until his retirement. In 1983 Jack suffered a serious heart attack and had quadruple bypass surgery. He was restored to health, and was given 20 more years to live.
On February 6, 2004 Jack suffered a massive heart attack and was kept alive on health support systems to determine his chances of recovery. He quietly passed on to be with the Lord on February 9, 2004.
Jack Friesen will be remembered by his family:
. as a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather
. as a caring and generous man
. and a man of strong conviction and integrity.
Jack was predeceased by his mother Helena, father Jacob, stepmother Mary, grandson Luke, and brother-in-laws Peter Derksen and Bill Bydevaate.
He is survived by his loving wife of 46 years, Sue, son Alan, daughter Iris (and Ken Falk), grandchildren Joe (and Sheila), Jared, Joshua, James and Jennifer Falk, Ryan Friesen, 7 sisters and their husbands, and many nieces and nephews.
He will be missed but we find comfort in knowing that he is in glory with the Lord.
A graveside service will be held at 9:30 a.m. at Bakerview MB Church on February 16, 2004.