The Dad We Remember
Born: November 25, 1932 – Tessier, Sask.
Deceased: August 13, 2015 – Campbell River, B.C.
Pre-deceased by: Susan Derksen (Enns) Spouse. Pearl-Daughter, and Son-Trevor. Plus five siblings, Jacob, Gatha, Jake, John and Frank.
His family moved to Abbotsford in 1945 and purchased a Berry Farm.
His love of running farm equipment and driving eventually lead him to apply for work via MacMillan and Bloedel in Vancouver and landed a job logging in Campbell River. He met his wife Sue shortly after that through the small Mennonite settlement in Black Creek.
He eventually owned his own off highway Logging Truck business and highway Freight truck. Having sold the business, he then drove for Elk River Timber for a number of years prior to retiring at the age of 60.
Dad loved the outdoors, camping, fishing and sports. Above all he loved his kids and Grandkids.
Dad spent the last four years at New Horizons in the Special Care Unit. He struggled with Dementia over the last 15 years and a stroke this Spring slowly brought his days, this side of eternity to a close.
His favorite food group was Dessert and his last meal was ice cream.
He transported to Heaven peacefully. He now has the brilliance of Einstein and the heart of Jesus. Our Dad was bigger than life and will be missed.
We are filled with gratitude for the “Angels” at New Horizons who cared so deeply for Dad and his wellbeing. There are not enough hugs (or Starbucks Coffees’) to begin to show our appreciation.
The Celebration of his Life will be held at C.R. Baptist Church, Sat. Aug. 22, 2015 at 10:00 am.
In lieu of Flowers, you are welcome to donate to the Alzheimer’s Society.