(Harry) Arend Reink

Long time Armstrong resident, passed away suddenly after a lengthy illness, in Vernon Jubilee Hospital, on June 5, 2009. He was born March 9, 1931, in Enschede, Holland, youngest of 12 children. While working in a textile mill he met co-worker, Fenny Jans, whom he married July 9, 1954. Shortly after, they immigrated to Canada, where they first settled in Edmonton. In 1966, Harry, Fenny and their 4 children settled in Armstrong. He was predeceased by his parents, and 10 siblings, and 1 grandson, Brent, in 1984. Harry will be lovingly remembered and dearly missed by his beloved wife of almost 55 years, Fenny; daughter  Susan (Rob Powell), and their children, James (Brittany), Ryan, Tim; daughter Jenny; daughter Jane (Gus Sigurdson); and son Peter (Denise) and their children, Amanda and Lenard, and great grandson Owen; and 1 sister, Geertje, in Holland.

Harry worked at Dutch Dairies in Armstrong as head cheese maker before purchasing Hope Bakery in 1969. Under his ownership, and joint effort of his wife, Fenny, the bakery thrived, grew to include a delicatessen, and underwent a name change to Armstrong Bakery. Health problems necessitated the sale of the bakery in 1986.

Harry was an avid fisherman whose favourite week of each summer was the one he spent with his family at Bolean Lake. That is a tradition which has continued through the years to include grandchildren, and as the grandchildren grow up to have children of their own, will keep the tradition going for the next generation. He also bowled in a 5-pin league for many years, until one year when he was proud to be a member of the team representing British Columbia, at the Canadian Senior Games, in Saskatoon. Eventually his interest switched to lawn bowling. He is a long time member of Vernon Lawn Bowling Club, and along with Fenny, has been among the winners numerous times, in tournaments up and down the valley. He has also played pool with the ‘men’ several times a week at the Armstrong Seniors Center, plays bridge at the Enderby Seniors Center, as well as crib and whist within the community.

A Celebration of Harry’s Life was held on Tuesday, June 9, at 2:00 p.m. in St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Armstrong. Rev. Wendy Adams and Rev. Rick Powell will be officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Society of B.C. or the Alzheimer’s Society of B.C. in memory of Harry. Arrangements in the care of Personal Alternative Funeral Services, Armstrong, 250-546-7237.

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