Peacefully with his family by his side, Cornelius W. Friesen passed away on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, at the Bethesda Regional Health Centre in Steinbach, Man., at the age of 76.
He will be forever missed by his wife Mary. Also left to cherish his memory are his children: Tom (Candace), Mark, Kathy, Mary Jane (Cory), Emilyn (Andrew) and Kurt (Liz); along with 11 grandchildren, Isaiah, Jade, Elijah, Julius, Luke, Jasmine, Titus, Ethan, Cameron, Owen and Jordon. Also, his siblings: Helen, Ed (Anne), Paul (Tina), Albert (Anne).
He was predeceased by his brother Abe and his brother-in-law Dick.
Cornie was born to Cornelius M. and Maria Friesen on Dec. 10, 1941, in the RM of Hanover, where he grew up and attended New Bothwell School District and helped with chores on the family farm. As the school days came to an end he explored a few different job opportunities such as construction, the seed cleaning plant and also worked as a lumber jack.
In 1967, Cornie bought the family farm and soon after he married the love of his life Mary Reimer in 1972. Cornie got baptized upon his confession of faith in Jesus Christ on Dec 14, 1975, at the EMC church in Steinbach, Man.
Over the years, they raised their children and continued farming. He really enjoyed taking his children to their sports events, especially hockey. Hockey was one of his favourite past times; he could often be found cheering on his favourite team, the Montreal Canadians. In 2003, they moved to Steinbach and he enjoyed his retirement.
Another favourite pastime was fishing. He loved to take the family out to the Whiteshell. Many family camping trips were spent there. Cornie also enjoyed taking trips together with Mary to Paraguay and California.
Cornie struggled with many health problems in the later years of his life and was able to deal with them through prayer and by believing the best in his circumstances. A special thanks to the Vita Personal Home Care and more recently the Bethesda Regional Health Centre for their compassion and care. Also thank you to those who took the time to come and visit Dad and encourage him through their presence and prayers.