Arnold Gerard Van Gerwen – Passed away peacefully, surrounded by family, at his home near Princeton on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 81 years. Son of the late Johan and Maria (Sanders). Beloved husband of Gabrielle (nee DeRudder). Loving father of Randy (Jennifer), Kathy (deceased), Annette (Steven Godina) and Eric (Mary Ann). Proud grandfather of Oscar, Sophia, Ani, Emerson, Iris, Oliver, Diana and Andrew. Also survived by his sisters Anne Leenders, Joanne Berkmortel and Mary Cowan, along with his brother Frans. Predeceased by his brothers Harry, John, Gerard and sister Maria. Dearly missed by many nieces and nephews. “Arnie” arrived in Canada from the Netherlands in 1951. Proud member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus and the Community of Woodstock. Long-serving employee of Fisher Controls. Farmer, skilled handyman and nature lover. Adored husband, brother, father, grandfather, and friend. Love you forever Adda! The Family will receive friends at the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington St. N., Woodstock, 519-537-3611, on Tuesday September 18, 2018 from 2-4 & 6-8pm. The Funeral Mass will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Parish, 1420 Devonshire Ave., Woodstock, on Wednesday September 19, 2018 at 11am. Arnold’s family is thankful for the amazing care and support of the doctors and many nurses and healthcare providers at Woodstock Hospital, and the home care and palliative care providers who helped. In lieu of flowers, the family appreciates donations in Arnold’s memory to the Woodstock Hospital Foundation or Saint Elizabeth Foundation. Personal online condolences may be sent at www.smithleroy.com.
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