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MARVIN FREY (published on October 20, 2008)

MARVIN FREY 1949 – 2008 Passed away peacefully at home on October 19, 2008 in his 60th year, after a one year pilgrimage with brain cancer. Beloved husband of Ardith (nee Bauman) Frey for 34 years; cherished father of Eric (Genevieve) Frey of Edmonton and Christopher Frey of Kitchener; proud Papa of Adria Frey of Edmonton. Dear brother of David (Cheryl) Frey of St. Jacobs, Seleda (John) Frey of Moorefield, Clare (Margaret) Frey of RR 2 Elmira, Aden (Sheryl) Frey of Millbank, Miriam Frey of Waterloo, Barbara (Roy) Draper of Elmira and Mary (Orval) Martin of RR 2 Wallenstein. Also lovingly remembered by sisters and brothers-in-law Karen (Tilman) Metzger of St. Clements, Arlene (Jim) Martin of Hawkesville, Margaret (Ron) Martin of Elmira, Murray (Ingrid) Bauman of Waterloo, and numerous nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his parents Martin and Selina Frey, three siblings in their infancy, parents-in-law David and Elizabeth Bauman, two nieces and a nephew. Marv’s career was dedicated to service through 23 years with Mennonite Central Committee in Jamaica, Swaziland, Somalia, Lesotho and Winnipeg (five years as Executive Director of MCC Canada), two years as Program Director of Canadian Foodgrains Bank in Winnipeg, and as CEO of Ten Thousand Villages in New Hamburg from 2002 – 2008. When diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, he faced treatment and a curtailed life in the same direct way in which he embraced work challenges, and his abiding faith and peace were inspiring to all he met. Friends and relatives are invited to share their memories of Marv at the Erb and Good Family Funeral Home 171 King St. S., Waterloo on Thursday, October 23 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. and on Friday, October 24 from 2:00 - 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., after which cremation will take place. A memorial service will be held at Waterloo North Mennonite Church, 100 Benjamin Rd., Waterloo on Saturday, October 25, 2008 at 2:00 p.m., followed by a public interment and committal service at Hawkesville Cemetery. Following interment, all are welcome to join the family back at the church for a reception. Condolences for the family and donations to Ten Thousand Villages Canada or to Princess Margaret Hospital, Pencer Brain Tumor Centre may be arranged through the funeral home, or 519-745-8445. In living memory of Marv, a donation will be made to the Trees for Learning Program by the funeral home. The family wishes to express deep appreciation to the palliative care team and many volunteers who cared so compassionately for Marv during his illness. “Safe in the arms of Jesus”

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