Ted E. Friesen (1920-), an important lay leader in the Canadian Mennonite community, has lived in Altona, Manitoba
from birth. In 1936 he entered the family business known in 1997 as D.W. Friesen & Sons, Ltd. The business began as a general store and post office, but emerged into a large printing and wholesale stationery firm that employed over 450 persons in 1997. From 1951-1986 Ted Friesen served as Secretary-Treasurer and Vice President of D.W. Friesen & Sons. He encouraged the firm to publish the Canadian Mennonite
, the first Canadian inter-Mennonite English language paper in 1953. Friesen served on the Executive Committee of Mennonite Central Committee Canada
from 1964-1977 and the Executive of the Mennonite Historical Society of Canada
from 1968-1996, for the last ten years as President. He also served on the Manitoba provincial counterparts of these organizations. Friesen, together with J. Winfield Fretz
and Frank H. Epp
, conceived the Mennonites in Canada
Ted Friesen and Lina Krahn were married in 1945; they had four children. They are founding members of the Altona Mennonite Church.
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