April 6, 1927 ~ February 15, 2011
It is with great sadness that the family announces the sudden passing of Henry Hoeve.
Henry was born in Rouveen , Holland on April 6, 1927. He spent 3 years, from 1947-1950, in Indonesia on peacekeeping duty. In 1953 he immigrated to Canada, returning to Holland in 1957 to marry the love of his life, Greta. They were married on April 13,1957 and left for Canada by boat, on May 7,1957. They arrived in Montreal and began their journey west.
Henry worked on road construction including the development of the Rogers Pass and Kootenay Pass. In 1960 they settled in Creston. For the next 9 years Henry continued to work on construction throughout B.C. His construction career came to abrupt end in 1969 following a serious accident in which he lost the use of his left arm which was eventually amputated.
Henry and Greta purchased and rebuilt Hi-way Cabins in 1970 and later Hoeve’s Store in 1992. They retired from the retail business in 2007. Henry enjoyed the time he spent on his Canyon farm until moving into town in the fall of 2010.
Henry’s perseverance and determination was evident in all the obstacles he overcame. Henry’s generous nature will be forever missed and cherished.
Henry was predeceased by mother Jentje (1967), father, Lucas (1964) -both in Holland, brothers Klaas 1944 (in Holland), Luke, 1996 (in Creston), Peter, 2009 (in Holland), brother-in-law, Ben de Boer 2009 (in Ontario).
Henry is survived by his loving wife, Greta, daughter Jenny, sons Rich (Kelly), John (Leah) , son-in-law Marlin, grandchildren, Gelina, Ryan, Justin and Kelsey Syfchuck and Tyler Hoeve and Shayla Hoeve, sisters Klaasje de Boer (Ontario), Greitje (Jan) Dunninck (Holland), brother Garrit (Aaltje) Holland, sisters-in-law Hendrikje (Holland), Tina (Creston) and numerous extended family members in Canada and Holland.
A Celebration of Life Service was held Thursday February 24, 2011 at the Trinity United Church with Reverend Don Holmes officiating.
Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to the B.C. Heart and Stroke Foundation 4 – 1551 Sutherland Avenue, Kelowna, British Columbia V1Y 9M9 or The War Amps, Key Tag Service, 1 Maybrook Drive, Scarborough, ON M1V 5K9.
Arrangements entrusted to G.F Oliver Funeral Chapel.