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Memorable Manitobans: T. E. “Ted” Friesen (1920-2016)

Businessman, community activist.

Born at Altona on 3 July 1920, son of David W. Friesen and Sara Friesen, along with his brothers Dave and Roy he founded Friesens Corporation, one of the largest printing companies in North America. He was Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer from 1951 to retirement in 1986. Keenly interested in Mennonite history, he was President of the Mennonite Historical Society from 1982 to 1996. He served on the boards of the Mennonite Central Committee Canada and MCC Manitoba. He was a founding member of the Altona Mennonite Church and served as its Moderator for 17 years, and also as a Deacon. A conscientious objector during the Second World War, he was profiled in the 2002 National Film Board film The Pacifist Who Went to War. In recognition of his community service, he was named Altona Citizen of the Year (2000) and he received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and the Blazer Distinguished Community Service Award from Canadian Mennonite University (2010). He died at Altona on 15 February 2016 and was buried in the Altona Cemetery.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 February 2016.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 February 2016

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