January 7, 1925 ~ October 15, 2014
Gerard was born in Kockengen Utrecht, in the Netherlands. He immigrated to Canada in 1954 and settled in the Creston Valley where he worked for many years at the Sunset Seed Company.
He was a gentle, sincere man that many new simply as “Uncle”. Never having married, his brother Kees’ children were his close family and three generations were touched by his kind, honest ways.
He is predeceased by four siblings.
Gerard leaves behind his remaining sister Bep in Holland as well as numerous nieces, nephews and their families. In Canada, he leaves behind his sister-in-law Wilma Vendrik of Creston; nephew Andy Vendrik of Creston; nieces Elizabeth (Dave) Bjarnason of Cranbrook and Heidi (Don) Bjarnason of Creston as well as their children and grandchildren.
He was man of deep faith and longed for the day when he would be at rest in the arms of his loving saviour, Jesus Christ.
“Absent from the body, present with the Lord.”- II Corinthians 5:8.
No service will be held. Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to Samaritan’s Purse at www.samaritanspurse.ca.
The family wishes to extend a special thanks to Dr. Griffeon for his kind care.