Sunday, August 2, 2015

Former Bearskin co-owner dies

Harvey Friesen, the former co-owner of Bearskin Air, passed away suddenly in Palm Springs Calif. yesterday.
The 65-year-old Warman, Sask. native was a pilot for the company before purchasing a 50 percent interest in 1972.

His brother, Cliff, then purchased his interest in the company back in 1978.
In 1977, the company began its first scheduled route, with passenger flights between Big Trout Lake and Sioux Lookout.
A base operation was established in Sioux Lookout in 1978 and a second scheduled route was launched, between Sioux Lookout and Thunder Bay.
Cliff Friesen then moved to Thunder Bay to establish another base operation.
In 2010, Bearskin Airlines co-owners Harvey and Cliff Friesen sold the company to Exchange Income Corp—a move which made them multi-millionaires.
Exchange Income Corp., an aviation and manufacturing company chaired by former Manitoba premier Gary Filmon, purchased Bearskin for $32.5 million.

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