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Shaun Frisken

September 30, 1994 ~ July 8, 2020 (age 25)


Our hearts are breaking with the sudden loss of our beloved Shaun on July 8, 2020. We cherish the time we had together and can’t believe he has been taken from us so soon.

Shaun was a thoughtful and caring young man, who was dedicated to his family (and his kitty Maxine). Shaun had a passion for his trade and was a talented machinist. This love shone through with every puzzle solved and project completed. His dad and papa were so proud to see him excel in a line of work that spanned three generations. Quite often Shaun would teach them a thing or two!

He loved to cook, always trying out new recipes and had a hand in creating the menu for family gatherings. He took special pride in crafting a unique cocktail to accompany these meals, making every celebration that much more special. We will hold on to the precious memories we have of Shaun: growing up on the acreage meant spending time after school at grammy and papa’s house, countless hours playing outdoors, trampoline wrestling matches and mini stick hockey games with his brother, Nick. They were the best of friends, and inseparable throughout their childhood and into their adult years. It provides some comfort that they were together the night of Shaun’s passing.

His aunties recall searching for frogs at the farm and enjoying yearly holiday traditions, which matured into more grown up interests including a mutual love of gin and discovery of fine teas. Shaun was adored by his younger cousins and endured hours of Lego, Pokémon and myriad games at their request. His willingness to play was in part to share the same love he had for these games as a child. In recent years he reconnected with his older cousins and kept in touch despite their geographical separation.

At the age of 17, Shaun was diagnosed with a rare liver condition. The disease brought Shaun a lot of pain and discomfort, but never mentioning this is testament to his perseverance. Although sudden and unexpected, his passing was due to complications emanating from this condition. Shaun was 25 years old. 

A fund has been set up in Shaun’s name at the U of A where he was being treated. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shaun Frisken Memorial Fund at the University of Alberta Gastroenterology Unit 


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Shaun Frisken Memorial Fund
University of Alberta Gastroenterology Unit, Edmonton AB T6G 2R3
Tel: 1-877-992-7587

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