Born August 21, 1920 in Wickel, Friesland, the Netherlands

Dad passed away peacefully at Port Hope Extendicare on January 5, 2018 at the age of 97. Beloved husband of Jantje Bergsma (deceased 2011). Loving father of Joyce (Peter McBride), Teena (Bob Druce), Jack (Cathi), Richard (Kimberley), Alice (Matt Holleman), and Peter (Susan).   Loving grandfather of Jennifer Tovich (Derek), Karen McBride, Devon Silipo (Roberto), Amy Kirubakaran (Matt), Mark Holleman (Cassandra), Rachel Schoon, Jonathan McBride, Phillip Schoon (Ashleigh), Erin Elliott (Dave), Vicki Holleman, Keifer Schoon, and Lucas Holleman.

great grandfather to Lauryn and Bryce Tovich, Camden and Hudson Silipo,

Avery and Rory Elliott, Alyssa, Rosie, Sophia and Joseph Kirubakaran and Raven Schoon.

Survived by family in the Netherlands: brothers Maye and Jacob Schoon, brother-in law Sjoerd Faber and Sister-in-law Joukje Bosma. Predeceased by Berend Schoon, Sipke Schoon, Henke Ijpma-Schoon, Jeltje Faber-Schoon, and Sjoerd Schoon. He will be missed by many nieces and nephews in Canada and the Netherlands.

A special thank- you to staff of Regency Manor and more recently Extendicare Port Hope for their kind and caring service during Dad’s final years.

Visitation will take place on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 12:00pm to 2:00pm at Grace Christian Reformed Church, 440 King Street East, Cobourg, Ontario. Service will commence at 2:00 pm at the church, private family interment. Reception at the church afterwards.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations to the Northumberland Hills Hospital Foundation would be appreciated and may be received at

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