Robert Wilson Frijouf, 1927 - 2017

Robert Wilson Frijouf was born October 10, 1927 to Frank and Julia Frijouf, the fifth child in a family of six.  Greeting his arrival were sisters Mary Jane, Anna and Emma, and brother Jim.  Several years later brother Franklyn was born to complete the family.

 

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The children were raised on the farm south of Macoun where they were taught the joys and sorrows of life.  They learned to have fun together, and to do their share of the work.

 

Bob and his siblings attended McGregor School just south of the farm.  Transportation to school each day was on foot – no matter what the weather!

 

Bob ended his school years early to help his Dad on the farm.  He was a dedicated farmer, and spent long hours in the field.  The haying was always done with horses!

 

Bob was never too busy to help the neighbours, and was active in the community.  He enjoyed playing ball with the Macoun team and never missed the sports day to visit with family and friends.

 

Bob and Sybil met in 1957 and were married March 30, 1959. They honeymooned in Minot, and returned to live at the Frijouf family farm south of Macoun.  They lived in a skid shack for the first few years and started to build their new home in1967. 

 

Bob farmed 6 quarters with his Dad and usually kept around 15 cows. While farming Bob also worked in Estevan.  He worked at Holmgren Motors as a mechanic and then at Tenold Farm Equipment setting up and working on machinery.  Bob took the time to take his Dad to football games in Regina.  He must have inherited his love of football from his Dad because he rarely missed watching a Rider game.

 

Bob and Sybil were very involved in the Macoun community.  They square danced, curled and socialized at the curling rink, and they were active members of the United Church.  Bob often spoke of all the friends they had in Macoun.  Bob and Sybil also enjoyed ski dooing in the winter time.

 

Bob and Sybil took part in countless family functions, get togethers and reunions with both the Frijouf and Eaton families.  Every niece and nephew had a special place in their hearts.  They saw the ones who lived close by often and travelled long distances to make sure they saw the families who lived far away.  They babysat nieces and nephews and helped their siblings in any way they could. 

 

In 1994 they decided to retire from farming and moved to Estevan.

 

In 2014, Bob and Sybil moved to Hillview Manor where the kind staff took care of them.  Their time together at Hillview was short as Sybil’s health was failing her quickly and Bob was slowing down. 

 

When the love of his life, his soulmate Sybil passed away on May 29, 2015, Uncle Bob lost his everything and struggled to continue on with his broken heart. 

 

We now find comfort knowing that Bob and Sybil are together again.

 

Bob passed away peacefully at Hillview Manor, Estevan, SK on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at the age of 89 years.

Bob is survived by a large extended family of Frijoufs and Eatons. Bob and Sybil were a special part of the lives of their siblings, nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. They happily took part in all family celebrations with everyone.

Bob was predeceased by his wife Sybil; parents, Frank and Julia Frijouf; sisters, Mary Jane (Bill) Boulding, Anna Frijouf and Emma (Les) Wass; brothers, Frank (Ruth) Frijouf and Jim (Laura) Frijouf.

The public visitation was held on Sunday, September 10, 2017 at the Chapel of Hall Funeral Services, Estevan from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The Funeral Service was held on Monday, September 11, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul's United Church, Estevan, with Rev. Jason Richards officiating with the interment following at Souris Valley Memorial Gardens. The lunch reception was held at the church fellowship hall.

Memorial donations may be made to the St. Paul's United Church Memorial Fund, 1418- 3rd Street, Estevan, S4A 0S4 in memory of Bob.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Hall Funeral Services, Estevan.

Bob’s extended families, the Frijoufs and Eatons, would like to send a special thank you to the staff at Hillview Manor who took such good care of Bob. Thank you to Hall Funeral Services for making all the arrangements. Thank you to Rev. Jason Richards and Kaye Hemus for their prayers, support and the funeral service. Thank you to Shirley Andrist and the St. Pauls United Church Choir.  Many thanks to those who prepared and served the lunch at St. Paul’s United Church.  And to all family and friends who called Bob and visited these past 2 years, it was greatly appreciated. 

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