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David Friesen

August 29, 1934 - November 21, 2023


David was the first born son to Nicholas and Helena Friesen. David passed away suddenly with a brain bleed. He died peacefully in the hospital at the Health Sciences Centre in Winnipeg Manitoba. 
David started his career as a farmer, but soon continued on in schooling to become a pastor, and served his Lord and Saviour faithfully the rest of his life. He also spent a few years teaching. 
He was well loved by friends and family, as well as his parishioners. 
David leaves behind his second wife Gretchen Margaret Enns of 12 years, his daughter, Darlene (husband, Dan, and kids and grandkids); his daughter, Laurel (and kids); his son, Jonathon (and kids) as well as his stepchildren, Lenora (and David) Leo and kids, Rodney (and Lisa) Gaylene (and Dale), Theo (and Katherine) along with their kids, grandkids and great grandkids. He also leaves behind his siblings and their remaining spouses – sister in law Marie, Margaret Janzen, Don Melvin, Leonard Friesen, John and Mary Friesen and sister-In-Law Shirley Friesen. David is predeceased by his wife, Doris, nee Hamm, and his son-in-law, Glen, Laurel’s husband. He is also predeceased by his brother Abe, brother Menno, sister in law Francis, sister Susan, and brother in law Alvin Janzen.
David was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He will be missed dearly! We look forward to seeing him someday again in heaven. 
A celebration of life will be held at the Level Ground Mennonite Church in Abbotsford, BC at 1:30pm with a light reception to follow.


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From: Bill Thiessen
Relation: Friend

I was quite taken aback by Dave’s departure. He was a good, trustworthy friend, with whom I had much in common. He and Doris participated in one of the MCC BC Study Tours which I facilitated. They were devoted! I convey my sincere condolences. Bill Thiessen.

From: Garry and Diane Janzen
Relation: Ministry colleague and friend.

This is an expression of our love for Dave and the family. Dave spoke into my ministry life two significant times. We had just come back from Africa and we were itinerating in the Osler Mennonite Church in the fall of 1988, and Dave asked what was next for us. I said we were looking toward pastoral ministry. He suggested the Zoar Mennonite Church in Langham was looking, set up a contact with Emery Ens, and I was there as pastor for almost 10 years. Then in the spring of 2007, when MCBC was searching for an Executive Minister, Dave suggested to me that I would be a good candidate. Long story short, I was called and served in this position for 15 years. Dave also did some very significant ministry as a volunteer with the MCBC Church Ministries Committee, putting together a Pastor/Congregation Covenant that is still used to this day. I had full intentions of coming to the Celebration of Life, but with the heavy snowfall here in Ladner, I will not be venturing out. Blessings and Peace.

Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
December 9, 2023
Beginning at 1:30pm

Level Ground Mennonite Church
31216 King Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

31216 King Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

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