March 31, 1932 – January 15, 2021
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Harrie Couwenberg beloved husband, father, Opa and Great-Opa on January 15, 2021 at Stanford Senior’s Village in Parksville.
Harrie was born Henricus Jacobus Josephus Couwenberg in Tilburg, Holland March 31, 1932. He is predeceased by his parents Franciscus and Mitzi Couwenberg, brothers Kees (Ans), Joep (Loes) and sisters Ans and Heidi.
Harrie is survived by his loving wife of 64 1/2 years Alistair; 4 children Brent (Wendy), Mitzie (Jacob), Connie (Ken) and Trudie (Marty); 10 Grandchildren Kevin, Trevor, Jordan, Abby, Aalysia, Emma, Kiara, Shaen, Jocelyn and Liam; 6 Great Grandchildren Owen, Kameron, Harley, Nathan, Gwen and Madeline; and his sisters Helen, Frida and Elfie.
Harrie went to Trade School and became a Machinist, he then joined the Dutch Army. In 1954 Harrie immigrated to Canada arriving at Pier 21 in Halifax. He then took a train across Canada and began his new life in Nanaimo. Harrie met Alistair while both working in Ladysmith. They married August 18, 1956 and they were an inseparable couple for over 64 years.
They built their beautiful home in Yellow Point, raised their family, and had a full and meaningful shared life. Harrie worked as a Millwright, Machinist over the years ending up at Harmac for 30 years.
Harrie and Alistair enjoyed many trips abroad. His hobbies were camping, woodworking and gardening. Harrie enjoyed having a few laughs with family, friends and neighbours.
If you wish to make a donation in Memory of Harrie, please do so to the Charity of your choice.
A long time ago and so far away
You came into my life and made my day
You brought me joy just being my Wife
Now I toast you we had the best life
You came into my life a pleasure for me
Everything good in me you did see
It mattered not to you if I was good or bad
But now with my parting please don’t be sad
We had many a day with lots of pleasure
Your love to me I will always treasure
For all of you I wish many great years
With lots of love and very few tears
Life can be hard and tough to survive
But all your emotions show you’re alive
Remember me well deep in your heart
As your life without me goes on apart
I will always love you I never will stop
As my wife and best friend you are on the top
To all that I love my best wishes I send
Until we meet again. xoxo
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