Born September 2nd, 1923 in Roosendaal, Holland, Adrian Victor Schrauwen passed away peacefully on March 10, 2008, at his home in Vernon, BC, at the age of 84 years. In 2007 he was predeceased by his wife of fifty-eight years, Kathleen. Adrian will be missed and lovingly remembered for his self motivation and progress by his daughter: Yvonne (Gary) Shadlock; three sons: Victor (Patricia) Schrauwen, John (Wendy) Schrauwen and Tom (Diane) Schrauwen; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and his brother, Gus, of Kamloops, BC. At the age of two Adrian moved with his family from Holland to Kamloops, BC. From 1941-1946 he served in the war with the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps where he was awarded a distinguished medal of honour. After the war he returned to the family sawmill business at Jamieson Creek, north of Kamloops, producing railroad ties under contract by the railroad. Adrian was well known in the BC and Alberta dairy industry having been involved with Dutch Dairy Farms, the family run business in Kamloops, expanding in 1961 into Armstrong and then the purchase of an additional cheese plant in Bashaw, Alberta. For over seventeen years Adrian and his family concentrated in developing the famous award winning “Armstrong Cheese”. They became the leading producers of cheddar cheese in Western Canada. Dutch Dairy produced a full line of dairy products with their two hundred milk producers producing approximately four and a half million pounds of the award winning cheddar cheese a year. Many awards were won by the family over the years. In 1977 the business was sold to Dairyland where Adrian remained as a consultant. Adrian had a passion for flying which he enjoyed with his sons, Vic and John, and he developed a love of fishing and the outdoors spending countless days on the lake.
A Memorial Mass will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, March 17th, 2008 at St. James Catholic Church, Vernon, BC.
The Rev. Father Martin Peyton, Celebrant.
Arrangements in care of:
Personal Alternative Funeral Services.