Peacefully gone to his rest on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 in his 88th year. Survived by Elscke, his wife and best friend of 62 years and his daughter Willemien Stanger and daughter-in-law Linda Alkema. Predeceased by his son Roy Alkema and son-in-law Robert Stanger. Fondly remembered by his grandchildren Ian, Andréa (Matthew), Jessica and Emily. He will be missed by his sister Sylvia (Han), sister-in-law Rie (Kees) and his many nieces and nephews in The Netherlands. John had a joyous soul and was a wonderful storyteller who loved Mozart, games of Scrabble and reading. He was a lifelong committed Christian who found peace knowing he was going home. The family would like to thank the First Baptist Community, the wonderful staff of London Health Sciences Centre and St. Joseph’s Health Care, and their many friends. Cremation has taken place and a celebration of John’s life will be held at the WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Saturday, November 9th, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of John are asked to consider The Sharing Way (Canadian Baptist Ministries), 7185 Millcreek Drive, Mississauga, ON L5N 5R4. Online condolences may be made at

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