Friesen, Jacob Henry (Jac), died peacefully on February 4, 2003 at the age of 93. He is survived and will be sorely missed by his wife of 68 years, Lydia; his children, Gerry (Fran) and Elaine, his grandchildren, Gina (Warren) Gotch and Randy (Adelle) Friesen and his great grandson and the apple of his eye, Stone Friesen.
As the eldest of 15 children, he is also survived by 7 brothers and 3 sisters.
Jac was born January 19, 1910 on his parents’ homestead in Langham, Saskatchewan. At a young age he knew that farming was not for him and he devoted his life to his faith, his family and to teaching. Having begun his career in the one-room schools of Saskatchewan, he briefly assumed a principalship in Yarrow, B.C. and then moved to North Surrey Senior Secondary where he taught a wide variety of subjects for many years. His professionalism, energy, commitment and lifelong quest for learning earned Jac the love and respect of his students, colleagues and family. Over the years Jac also willingly assumed many teaching and leadership roles in his church, all to the glory of God. A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, February 11 at 3:00 p.m. at New Hope Christain Church (formerly Kennedy Heights),11838 – 88th Avenue, Delta, B.C.