Major Geoffrey Freind 1957-2016
Media Statement by the Freind Family
“Lyn Freind, sons Ashley, Steven, Nathan, Samuel and the entire family are mourning the death of their dearly loved husband, father, son, brother and Grandad. Geoff passed from this life into the presence of His Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ in Johannesburg South Africa on Wednesday 21st of September 2016. The family wish to give their thanks to God and the many people who have given support to Geoff and the family during this time.
Geoff loved Jesus and wanted the world to know Him.”
Media Statement by The Salvation Army
“It is with a deep sense of sadness that The Salvation Army confirms the passing of Major Geoff Freind or in Salvation Army terms, “Promoted to Glory”.
The Salvation Army expresses our heartfelt and sincere condolences to Lyn, Ashley, Nathan, Steven and Samuel as well as Geoff’s parents Allan & Mabel for their considerable loss. Certainly Geoff’s passing will be felt right throughout The Salvation Army internationally as well as those who have been impacted by his local ministry in Western Australia.
Geoff has left his indelible mark on not only his family, friends and Salvationist colleagues but also the broader community through his personal engagement. Geoff had a real heart and passion to support The Salvation Army’s work and those in need both in developing countries and here. He was a strong advocate for the disadvantaged of our community.
Geoff had visited many countries in South East Asia as well as a number of countries in Africa. Last week, he was in Rwanda prior to his arrival in Malawi as part of his current preaching tour. Geoff has supported The Salvation Army Howard Hospital in Zimbabwe and Chikankata Hospital in Zambia, financially and with material aid. Much of his fundraising efforts were achieved through the writing of his books : Enjoy the Journey, Thank you for the Journey and A Great Journey (and I love every bit of it!- Quotation).
Whether it was through his books sharing the challenges of life’s journey, through his personal relationships developed through his ‘Hotel Ministry’ or keen interest in coaching and supporting local sporting teams, Geoff simplyloved engaging with people. For 34 years, Geoff has served the community as a Salvation Army Officer and given his best.
The Salvation Army celebrates the life of Major Geoff Freind as a much loved and respected husband, father, son, grandfather, friend and as a committed Salvation Army Officer. Geoff personified the character of The Salvation Army, being about ‘Others’.”
Authorised by: Major Neil Venables, Divisional Commander
Media contact: Warren Palmer - 0417 909 964 (The Salvation Army)