Born in de Hague, Holland, and was married July 23, 1945 to Christina Hendrika Godefroy. Immigrated to Canada with five children, Dick, Anneke, Truusje, Luke, and Chris. Son Ron was later born in Duncan. The family arrived in Halifax March 22, 1956 and travelled by train and settled initially at St. Ann’s School and Farm (now Providence Farm). John worked for Duncan Iron Works as a machinist for 19 years until March 1, 1975 and officially retired August 1986, where sons Chris and Ron now operate the family business. Predeceased by Dick (Nov. 15, 1986) and grandson Matthew (Sept. 13, 2004). Survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Christine; children Truusje, Anneke (Derek), Luke (Dawn), Chris (Joan), Ron and Doreen (Dick); grandchildren, Tony, Lana (Kingston), Lisa, Cheryl, Brad, Amanda, Dennis, Danny, Jamie, Craig, Mandy, Bobbi-Jo, Kelly, Jennifer, Darren, and Kevin.
Special service for friends and family will be held at?Sands Funeral Chapel, 187 Trunk Road, Duncan, BC on Wednesday, January 3, 2007 at 1:00 p.m. Please come and enjoy our remembrance of John, “Groote Luke”, Opa, and Dad.
Online condolences may be offered at www.sands-funeral.com