IB Niels Friis, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend, age 81, passed away March 3, 2018 at his home in Rome surrounded by loving friends and family.   

Niels was born to Hans and Agnete on November 1st, 1936 in Nakskov, Denmark. Niels studied carpentry and went on to serve in the Danish Navy before moving to British Columbia. Niels met his wife, Pattie, in 1989 and moved to Rome where they married in May of 1990. Together with Pattie, he put his considerable talents as a master carpenter and builder to work in their business, Pacific International Construction. Niels (“Papa”) loved rowing and wrestling as a young man, model ship building, hunting, fishing, camping with his family and traveling throughout Canada and the US with Pattie and friends. He was an accomplished sport shooter and enjoyed time with close friends at the Floyd County Wildlife Gun Club. He had a special heart for the children at Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center and spent many hours there refurbishing Family Cottage. He was patient and kind and always gave more to others than he would take. He had a way of working with people that made them feel valued and important. He loved his family well and leaves all who were blessed to know him, better for it. 

Niels is survived by his wife, Pattie; his children: Eric (Yvonne – grandchildren: Angela and Ashley; great grandchildren: Jordan), Jane (Blake – grandchildren: Nichole, Terrilyn and Dylan; great grandchildren: Keanon, Arlow and Elena), Kim, Tami (Darrell – grandchildren: Nicholas), Chris (Kim – grandchildren: Lauren, Taylor, Christopher and Gill) and Jeff (Mary Margaret – grandchildren: Jason, Jessica and Maggie); He was preceded in death by his father and mother, and son Clark (Jo – grandchildren: Stuart; great grandchildren: Isabelle). Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Daniel’s Funeral Home located at 901 E. Second Ave., Rome, Ga., with the Rev. Dr. Robert Brown officiating.  Family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Daniel’s. Inurnment will be at the Oaknoll Memorial Gardens in Rome immediately following the service.

Honorary Pallbearers:  Pete Stauring, Yancey Moore, Jerry Moore, Doug Graham, Larry Cole, Rick Cole, Frank Davis, and Geoff Stubbs.

Special thanks to Heyman Hospicecare for their loving care.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Murphy-Harpst Children’s Center, 740 Fletcher St., Cedartown, Ga., 30125.

Daniel’s Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.