“Bert” Egbert Grave
April 16, 1926 – August 31, 2013
It is with great sadness that we have to tell all those who loved him, that he lost his fight with cancer.
Born in the Netherlands, but immigrated to Canada in June of 1957, Canada became his home and he was proud to become a Canadian. Settling in Surrey, he operated a corner grocery store. After that, he went into real estate, but, missing the contact of people, he moved his family out to Armstrong on February 24, 1969 where he purchased the Marshall Wells store, renaming it Macleods Store. He retired in 1977 and spent his time travelling with family. He never lost contact with his customers and friends that he made during his working days. He was a busy man all his life and loved to work with people. He loved to talk and always had a big smile on his face.
In 1965, he took his wife and 3 children on one of his greatest adventures – seven month a trip of travelling the wonders of Europe.
Bert is predeceased by his parents Egbert and Rompje Grave from the Netherlands; son-in-law John Boon; and baby Corbin Boon.
Left to mourn him is his wife of 67 years Grace; daughters: Margarieta (Larry) Patterson of Armstrong, Romi Boon of Peachland, and Sonja (Roland) Daveyduke of Enderby. Also remembering him are his 6 grandchildren: Cori Patterson Drier (Dave) and their 2 children: Olivia and Landon, Krista Patterson and her son Evan, Logan (Angela) Boon, Janelle (George) Racz, Courtney Davyduke (Diamond Skykora), Brittany (Reilly Meise); and many relatives in the Netherlands.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at Margarieta’s Restuarant (2590 Pleasant Valley Blvd, Armstrong). In lieu of flowers, those wishing to do so may make a memorial donation in Bert’s name to the Vernon Hospice Society (3506 27 Avenue, Vernon, BC V1T 1S4). Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family at www.MyAlternatives.ca.
Arrangements entrusted to
ALTERNATIVES FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES®
Armstrong 250-546-7237 & Vernon 250-558-0866