Ross (Vinnie) Friesen

With great sadness, but also relief and thankfulness, we regret to inform you of the gentle passing of Ross “Vinnie” Friesen, who is in a much better place – free of pain and suffering. There was no one else like Ross and no one can replace the love we have for him in our hearts. Ross lived one day at a time and appreciated the simple things in life. He felt deeply and gave freely. Full of energy, wit and compassion, he made the most of every moment. What gave him the most joy in his life was being there for those around him. His greatest gift was his acceptance and interest in all those he came in contact with. He appreciated everyones unique differences and never judged. Being with him was a restful safe place. His happiest times were spent listening to music, riding his motorcycle, working in the yard, and helping his friends. He loved to read and learn and grow, but most of all he loved his family and his friends.

Ross wanted us to express deep gratitude to our amazing family and friends and all those who helped care for him. You supported him and his family in every way possible. It has been incredible and overwhelming. Our lives have been forever changed and we will never be the same again because of the amazing support, care and love we received. All those in Interior Health, our nurses, our doctors, therapists of all kinds, the ALS Society – you all carried us and made it possible to get through times that were seemingly just to hard to bear.

Ross will be greatly missed by his wife Deb and children Jamie and Cole. He also leaves behind his parents Bill and Clare Friesen of Salmon Arm, his sister Dayle (Tom) Kiesenwetter of Armstrong, his brother Craig (Laurisa) Friesen of Abbotsford and his sister Merle (Ray) Cumbers of Airdrie, as well as many more family members and friends.

A Celebration of Ross’s Life will be held on Saturday, May 21st, 2011 at 10:00 A.M. at the Vernon Alliance Church.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial contributions in memory of Ross may do so to the ALS Society of B.C. #119-1600 W. 6th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V6J 1R3


Funeral arrangements have been made with


5605 27th Street, Vernon, B.C. V1T 8Z5

(250) 542-1187

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