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GARY FRIESEN (MICHAEL)
Date of Passing: Dec 19, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
He was born in Morris, Manitoba on August 8, 1952, to parents, John and Katherine (nee Letkeman) Friesen.
He was deeply loved by his wife Ruth and will be greatly missed by her family and extended family.
He is survived by brothers, Ken (Shiryl), Allan (Anne and three nieces) and sister Karen. He is predeceased by his first wife Janice Snyder (2014).
Gary graduated as an agrologist from the University of Manitoba. His church and choir life were a very important part of his life. He loved cycling, golfing, hiking and nature. He had a great sense of humour and laughed every day with his wife Ruth. He was known for his kindness and gentle spirit.
A celebration of Gary's life will be indicated at a future time.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 24, 2021
Condolences & Memories (11 entries)
Be at peace in your eternal rest. - Posted by: Barb (Former coworker) on: Feb 10, 2022
Gary was my cousin through marriage. He had just found happiness with Ruth and because of her, had the family he always wanted. He was a father and grandfather! Gary I will miss your laughter and your knowledge. Thank you for being in our lives. Noreen and Norm - Posted by: Noreen (Lorrie) Wiebe (Cousin) on: Jan 06, 2022
Gary, I will miss your laughter and your smile. You found happiness in your marriage to Ruth. I’m glad that you got the courage to go and have coffee with her. Love bloomed and you had a family, a wife, children and grandchildren, how lucky can a man get. You deserved all of this! You left this world too soon as you still had a million things to do and share. I will miss you my cousin. Love You! Lorrie and Norm - Posted by: Noreen (Lorrie) Wiebe ( Cousin) on: Jan 01, 2022
I first met Gary during our time at the U of M while we studied to receive our Degree in Agriculture. Gary graduated the year before me in 1974. After graduation we crossed paths as we both joined the Ag-Chem industry. In the late 1990's our paths would cross again at Richardson International, we both worked in the Crop Input department until we both retired. I felt we made a good team primarily because Gary was so thorough and diligent in his job. A few quotes from some of our suppliers who called on us over the years sum up the way Gary performed his job. Ralph Tessman of Bayer Crop Science "When I took over the Richardson account from my predecessor he told me that if Gary Friesen calls and says you made a mistake.... you probably did" Bill Sherk of Corteva "Gary was always a pleasure to deal with, he always knew the numbers and often pointed out politely some opportunities for improvement, we lost a 1st class guy" Gary was respected by everyone in Richardson and always did his best to assist who ever called him, whether it was a supplier, retailer of other employees at Richardson. RIP Gary - Posted by: Al Raine (Friend and co-worker) on: Dec 30, 2021
I met Gary a few times over the past couple years. He was a gracious man with a kind spirit. My condolences to Ruth and her family. I know he'll be deeply missed by you. - Posted by: Cheryl Krause (niece) on: Dec 28, 2021
I first met Gary many years ago while working for separate companies in the ag industry. After being out of the industry for awhile I was very fortunate to end up working in the same company as Gary. We spent time in Chipman, ICI Chipman and then Zeneca Agro, as the same company went through name changes. Gary was always upbeat and always performed his tasks with diligence. Not only was his work done, it was always done correctly and on time. That was Gary. He was admired throughout the industry. It was a pleasure to work along side Gary. And it was indeed a shock to hear of his sudden passing. RIP Gary. Larry Gompf - Posted by: Larry Gompf (Friend and former co- worker) on: Dec 27, 2021
Gary sat behind me in the choir for many years. His smile & friendly chats before choir I will always remember. Ruth, my sincere condolences, you were always so friendly at choir. Many Blessings to you & your family. - Posted by: Albert & Alma Zoppa (Friend) on: Dec 27, 2021
Sincerest sympathy and prayers to Ruth and families. I so looked forward to choir each week as we shared a special friendship bond. Richard Q - Posted by: Richard Quiring (Friend/fellow choir member) on: Dec 25, 2021
The smiling faces and warm acceptance of both Ruth and Gary were some of the bonus rewards of being in choir. Gary's kindness and encouragement will be deeply missed. My heart goes out to you, Ruth, and to your family. Warmest hugs and prayers, Tricia - Posted by: Tricia Zink (former fellow choir member) on: Dec 24, 2021
I got to know Gary as a summer student with Chipman Chemicals and later got to know him better when we worked together at Richardson. Gary was an extremely conscientious employee, had a wonder attitude towards life and was a joy to work with. Gary was a gentle soul and someone you could count on. RIP Gary - Posted by: Peter Entz (Friend and coworker) on: Dec 24, 2021
My condolences Ruth. May you find comfort and reassurance in Jesus. Our Saviour and Healer. Take Care. Peter - Posted by: Peter Dyck (Friend) on: Dec 24, 2021
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