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Arthur (Art) Jacob Froese

June 24, 1945 - February 6, 2022


Art went home to be with his Lord and Saviour on Feb 6, 2022 after a 16 year battle with Parkinson’s.  He was born on June 24, 1945 in Carmen, Manitoba to Henry & Helen Froese.  At 3 years of age his family moved to Abbotsford, BC.  Living beside the Abbotsford Airport sparked his love for flying in his early teens, which led to a life long career in aviation, from flight instructing, fire bombing, missionary pilot, to commercial airlines. He leaves behind his wife Doreen of 54 years, sons, Kevin (Marcia),  Steve (Sarah) and 6 grandkids.  Art always loved the Lord serving Him in whatever he did.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2:30pm on Friday, Feb. 11 at Ross Road Community Church.


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From: Robert Randall
Relation: Art was one of my instructors during recurrent pilot training.

Art was a fabulous instructor and mentor, and the highest, best example of what a man should be. I enjoyed his knowledge, countenance, and camaraderie for many years as one of his students at Canadian Airlines. May he rest in peace.

From: Wayne Giesbrecht
Relation: aquaintance & friend

My condolences to you, Art’s family. I well remember Art and I hanging around Skyways at the airport, both single, wanting to fly more than we could afford! Art went on to the career he had in aviation, my flying only a hobby! I lost my wife to cancer about 3 years ago, so I understand somewhat, your loss. May you all have the comfort of God’s holy spirit at this time, and always! Wayne

From: Jeff Dittmer
Relation: Former Neighbour

Having been neighbours with the Froese Family in Mt. Lehman I spent several high school summer’s working on their cedar tree farm, as an aspiring pilot I took every spare moment on the job pestering Art for career and aviating advice – he so patiently answered every question during his hard earned breaktime. One evening Art called and offered an opportunity for me to have a few minutes in a 737 simulator with his son, Steve. It remains an incredible memory for me and was a career defining moment as a 14 year old highschool kid. I am forever grateful for the time, effort and kindness he afforded me.

My most sincere condolences in his passing.

From: Jen Travers
Relation: Husband of a friend

Dear Doreen
So sorry to read about your loss. You are in my heart, thoughts and prayers
Jen Travers

From: Sue Solomon Morin
Relation: I am a high school friend of Sarah's.

My heart goes out to the family at this time. Thinking of you.

From: Gary and Carolyn Dittmer
Relation: Neighbours

Our heartfelt condolences to you Doreen, Kevin , Steve and families.
We so appreciated Art’s interest in our son’s career in flying and his willingness to listen, encourage and fuel the fire!
We appreciated all of you as neighbours and the lessons in hard work and values.

From: Rosa Isaac
Relation: Doreen’s cousin

In deepest sympathy, Doreen and family. Remembering you in thoughts and prayer and asking God to give you comfort and strength in this difficult time.
Your cousin Rosa
Now the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way.
2 Thess 3:16

From: Lorena Richert
Relation: friend

I have precious memories of a dear childhood friend, and the continuing friendship after marriage and children. We remember the picnics, and the sledding on the farm. We remember Art’s gentle voice, the laugh, his wonderful smile. We pray for you comfort and peace as you mourn a husband, father, grandfather. Much love to you!!

From: Richard and Lynne KOPP
Relation: Art was a fellow student at MEI; and later on in life a good friend ad companion!!!

Sorry to hear of Art’s passing away. I have good memories of interacting with Art. May our hope of meeting again in God’s presence encourage you and your children!!

Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
February 11, 2022
Beginning at 2:30pm

Ross Road Community Church
3160 Ross Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

3160 Ross Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

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