February 12, 1932 – April 29, 2015
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather who passed away peacefully on April 29th, 2015 in Vernon Jubilee Hospital. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Berendina (Diane) of Vernon; his children: Daniel (Patricia) of Kelowna, Michael of Kelowna, and Rosemary (Hamish) of Vernon. He is also lovingly remembered by his grandchildren: Candace (Mitchell) of Abbotsford, Sheldon and Caele (Vernon), Mariana and Alex (Kelowna); and two great grandchildren, Laryssa and Kiera (Abbotsford). Henk also leaves behind in the Netherlands his two brothers, Toon and Leonard and two sisters, Dora and Haneke.
Born in Apeldoorn, Netherlands, Dad was one of 10 children, born into a history of bakers. All five boys in his family followed this hard working occupation. Dad, a free spirit and one who loved adventure, accompanied his brother to Canada. He spoke very little English but travelled across Canada looking for his place in this new country. He worked at various jobs such as logging camps cooking, farm-worker, truck driver and as a baker. He went back to the Netherlands in 1958 and courted his now wife of 55 years. He convinced his fiancé to come to Canada and marry him. Dad was a business-man and baker for life, starting in Castlegar, then eventually opening bakeries in Kamloops, Red Deer, and his hobby bakery in Sicamous. Great times were had driving his van around the Sicamous campgrounds with the siren on his van to announce his arrival. It brought him great joy to see people gather around to buy his baked goods — his sticky buns were a favorite! Dad always had a sense of humour and was passionate about pursuing what made him happy: flying his glider, travelling to Thailand, Suriname, riding his bike to Jasper and riding his scooter across the backroads of BC to name a few.
We will miss you Dad … We always know “You did it Your way”. We love you.
Funeral Services will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8th, 2015 at Our Lady of the Valley Catholic Church, Coldstream, BC. Father Dale Normandeau, Celebrant.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Pleasant Valley Funeral Home, Phone: 250 542 4333. Condolences may be offered at www.pleasantvalleyfh.com