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August 29, 1931 - June 17, 2019

With heartfelt sadness we regret to announce that Harvey Friesen, beloved husband, father, grandfather & great grandfather went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 17, 2019 at the age of 87. He passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at home with his wife at his side. He is survived by Marion, his best friend and loving wife of 63 years; two daughters Joan (Cam) Zaremba of Smithers and Bonnie (Kevin) Olson of Kelowna; son-in-law Ken Chute of Lake Country; six grandchildren Josie (Roger) Sterritt, Kristy Bazak (Anders Starheim), Cole (Courtney) Vasko, Chelsey (Mike) Wilson, Megan and Nathan Olson; seven great grandchildren Holly, Tanner, Amber, Carter, Josh, Hunter, and Charlie; Ken’s children Cory, Chessa and Crystal; four sisters: Betty, Elsie, Anne and Kathy; three brothers: Nick, Ted, and Peter; extended family and many dear friends. He was predeceased by an infant daughter, son Jeff, daughter Debbie, grandson Ronnie, and siblings Dora and Dave.

Harvey was the fifth child born to Peter & Mary Friesen on August 29, 1931. The growing family was living in Saskatchewan at the time but relocated to southern Manitoba in 1932. Although he was born on a farm into a farming family, he knew from a very young age that he never wanted to be a farmer. Vehicles were his passion and thus his jobs ranged from auto body repair to tires and everything in between. In 1954 he met and eventually married Marion, the love of his life. In 1966 Harvey & Marion moved their family of 3 little girls from Manitoba to Kelowna. A few years later a baby boy joined the family. Sadly, Harvey began losing his eyesight in the early 1990’s and was forced to take an early retirement soon after. He took up lawn bowling for the blind with Marion as his coach. During the ten years they competed they won numerous competitions including a gold medal (in pairs) at the B.C. Summer Games for the Disabled in 2000. Harvey was a man of integrity with a cheerful disposition and despite his declining health over the years those attributes did not diminish.  Except for family, he loved nothing better than a good visit over a good cup of coffee.  A gentleman in every sense of the word, a kind heart and gentle spirit - he will be dearly missed by those left behind.

A Celebration of Harvey’s life will be held on Monday, June 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Mission Creek Alliance Church, 2091 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC. Should family and friends desire, memorial donations may be made to the Cardiac Care Centre at KGH, www.kghfoundation.com/heart-rhythm or a charity of choice. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com.

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Condolence Messages
  • Jun 26, 2019
    Dear Marion, my heart hurts for you today, so many fond memories of our time together at the Alliance Church! Sending love and heartfelt prayers this morning from Pennsylvania!
    Maryann Giesbrecht
  • Jun 24, 2019
    Bonnie, Kevin and family. With deepest sympathy on the passing of your dad and granddad. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. May your memories help ease your sorrow.
    Karen Husch Lindsay and Joanne Husch Madden
  • Jun 22, 2019
    Dear Marion & family. Our deepest condolences to you all; our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Marlene & Paul Mamchur
  • Jun 22, 2019
    Dear Marion and family
    Oh, these are tender and sad days as you experience the "good-byes ". Knowing that the day would come does not make it easier, but the dear love of the Father comes to carry you through the pain. May you be comforted, knowing you are loved and many prayers shared for you. I'm sorry that I will not be there for the celebration of life. Will connect when I return. With love, Elsie
  • Jun 21, 2019
    To Marion and the rest of the Friesen family,
    I was saddened to learn of the passing of Harvey. For close to 10 years I bowled with Harvey with the Okanagan Visually Impaired Society. I could always count on Harvey for a friendly greeting and sports prediction. My condolences to all of you at your loss.
    Bill Mah
  • Jun 21, 2019
    It is with sadness that I read about Harvey's passing. I remember so well when he used to pop into my office which was just up the street from where he worked in the tire shop. We used to catch each other up on our families and people back in Rosenort/Rosenhoff. Then also we seemed to occasionally bump into each other with you as well, and more catching up. It was always so nice to see two friendly faces from southern Manitoba. My eldest daughter passed away a few weeks ago. My sincerest condolences, Marion and family. May God bless you, and may your precious memories comfort and console you all.
    Doreen (Loewen) Marks
  • Jun 20, 2019
    My sincere condolances to you Marion & family on the loss of Havrey, husband, Father and grand father. May you experience Peace and comfort, Only Jesus
    can give. Lorraine Job, Surrey, BC