MAY 2, 1923 – MAY 31, 2011


John was predeceased by his wife Daisy and son Jan. Leaving behind daughter De-siree Roell and her children, Frederique (Jeff), David (Marissa) and Robert. Daughter Marieke (Hans) and her children, Janne (Matthias), Jelle, Dieuwertje and Heike.

John grew up on the island of Singkep , Indonesia, until his family moved to the Netherlands when he was 12. The war years were spent in Zeist, as well as his highschool years. After obtaining his Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering in Delft, he started working for a dredging company.

Over the years his work sent him all over the world for various dredging and shipbuilding projects. He loved his work and contributed several inventions and novel ideas, not only to the Delta Works in the Netherlands, but to other projects and ships worldwide. He shared his technical expertise with numerous organizations and universities.

The Dutch Marine Corps motto, applies to John – “Qua patet orbis“ – “As far as the world extends“. He was a true world citizen. He always said “You can learn from anybody – never stop learning!“

John had a special connection with everybody he met, and in his own quiet way, gave each something to take along on their path in life.

We treasure everything you shared with us.

Have a good sailing home and godspeed.

The family would like to invite everybody who had a connection with John, to gather with us for a celebration of life.

Date: August 6, 2011. Time: 11 a.m., luncheon at 12. Place : 153 West Enderby Rd., Enderby. E-mail:

Please feel free to join us for the luncheon only, if you so wish.

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