Frans (Frank) VRIENDS

Frans passed away at home June 13, 2006 at the age of 84 years. He was born January 12, 1922 in Zundert, the Netherlands.

He is survived by his wife Marie; three children, Martin (April) of Calgary, Peter (Denna)of Chilliwack and Marian (Bob) Penner of Sardis; eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; his brothers, Martin (Ann) of Keremeos and brother, Charles and sister, Margrete of the Netherlands. He was predeceased by 5 brothers and 1 sister.

Frans and Marie were married April 13, 1948 in Oostemalle, Belgium and spent 58 wonderful years together. They immigrated to Canada in 1952 with their young son Martin with dreams of owning a farm and raising their family. Frans was a hard and dedicated worker. Frans and Marie purchased and developed their first farm in Agassiz, clearing the land and building the home, where the family would live for 16 years. In 1969, they moved their family to Chilliwack and farmed on the Yale Rd. property until their retirement.

Frans loved farming and in his retirement always had a vegetable garden and a large assortment of flowers, plants and shrubs. Frans loved the outdoors. If he wasn’t gardening , he was hunting, fishing, golfing, curling or traveling with Marie in their motorhome. Frans was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather. He will be greatly missed by his family, and his many friends in the Chilliwack/ Agassiz area.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, June 20th 2006 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church at 10:00 am. 7909 Mary Street Chilliwack; Father Eugenio Aloisio celebrant. Intement in Chilliwack Cemetery. Memorial donations to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.