John DeGroot passed away after a long struggle, with his children by his bedside, on Thursday February 18th, at 77 years old. John was born in the province of Friesland, on October 7th 1938 in the Netherlands and came to Canada, as a new immigrant with his family, when he was nine years old. John first owned Edge of Town Meat Market in Sarnia and then later, with his two brothers Frank and Jack, Sarnia Meat Packers for many years, until he sold the business to work as manager of Lakewood Christian Campground. He had many friends and loyal customers over those years, but most importantly John loved to see people come to a saving knowledge of Christ. John is survived by his seven children Barb and George Shea, Linda DeGroot, Carol and Ross Christopher, Lori and Scott Hayter, Lisa and Jason Cates, John DeGroot and Sarah and Tim Vanreenen. As well as his grandchildren George (Caitlin), Nicholas (Jill), Allison (Dan), Erica, Leah, Calvin (Lindsey), Curtis, Hayley, Meika (Brent), Megan (Derek), Ben, Lucas, Brienna, Lindsey, Noah, Josiah, Caleb, Jamaya, Karley, Andrew, Janel, Madison, Cole, Gabe and Mya and one great-granddaughter Vivian. Arrangements entrusted to SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.
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