Mar 28, 1925 – Jan 20, 2018
It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of Bill Westdorp at 92 years of age, loving husband, brother, father and opa.
Dad was born in Texel, Holland where he enjoyed his childhood with his 8 siblings. As a young man, Dad lived through 2 wars. Dad married Mom in 1954 and shortly thereafter immigrated to British Columbia, working at various jobs, including a poultry farm, on the railway and at the aluminum factory in Kitimat. It was here where his first three children were born. In 1959 the family moved to Vancouver Island and in 1963 his 4th child was born. While working at the Pulp Mill in Campbell River, Dad spent his off time expanding the small home they had bought in Merville, renovating and adding a basement. Dad then moved the family to Campbell River in 1967 where he built a new home.
Dad enjoyed skating, soccer, bowling, table tennis, pool, golf, carpentry, gardening, cards and fishing, particularly with his sidekick and brother Gerrit. Dad retired at age 63 after which he enjoyed travelling to many countries around the world with Mom and at times his sister Gonda and husband Siem.
In later years, Dad’s pride and joy were his grandchildren. He enjoyed spending time with them and was always there when they needed him. Dad spent many hours at the arena proudly watching his grandsons play hockey and lacrosse.
As a talented artist, Dad leaves behind many beautiful works of art, which we cherish and proudly display in our homes.
Survived by, wife of 63 years, Meta; siblings, Gonda, Gerrit, Nies and Ina (Douwe); children Dennis (Margaux), Marie (Chris), Pauline (Darwin) and Gordon; grandchildren Dale (Liz), Jacqueline, Marjan (Mike), John (Jenny), Katie (Doug) and great grandchildren, Brennan and Walker; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Dad was a kind and gentle soul who was truly loved and who will be missed by many. “To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”
A private family gathering will be held at a later date. Flowers gratefully declined, if you wish, you may make a donation to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada or SPCA.