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Born: Nov 20, 1933

Date of Passing: Aug 06, 2017

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PIETER FARENHORST November 20, 1933 - August 6, 2017 Pieter Farenhorst passed away with his family by his side following a brief battle with pneumonia. It is hard to express the pain we feel. Pieter was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on November 20, 1933, as the youngest child with two older brothers. Pieter has always been grateful to be alive, perhaps because he experienced much hardship during his childhood, surviving on tulip bulbs as a food source for some of his years during the Second World War. Pieter did mandatory service in the army as a young adult, something he accepted but preferred not to do because he could not even hurt a fly. The best thing that he experienced during his time as a soldier was that he met the love of his life on February 20, 1953. Pieter and Trudy met on a train station in Utrecht while his troops were travelling to Amsterdam. Trudy had decided to skip the train she ought to take to Amsterdam, and to wait for the next one. It was then when Pieter entered the platform and noticed her, managed to get a seat next to her in the train and offered her some chocolate. Their love flourished and they got engaged on September 18, 1955 and married on May 9, 1957. Pieter was a computer analysis and devoted employee for 41 years at "The Telegraph", the largest newspaper in the Netherlands. He was among the first individuals to code for the early computers that filled large rooms and took many IBM courses to refine his skills until his retirement. He was a passionate coin and stamp collector from a young age until a week before his death. While devoted to his work and hobbies, the priority in his life was Trudy and their daughter, Annemieke, who was born October 18, 1966. Pieter was the best dad in the world and spent numerous hours to help Annemieke grow from the day that he taught her to walk, into her adulthood. They took many vacations together as a family, all around Europe. Pieter particularly loved their camping trips in France and skiing adventures in Austria. Annemieke moved away from the Netherlands to do her PhD at the University of Toronto in 1991 and Pieter and Trudy visited her and travelled within Canada to learn that they loved the country too. After Annemieke secured a professorship position at the University of Manitoba in 1997, and had started her own family, Pieter and Trudy decided to move to Canada as well. They settled in Winnipeg in 2002 and continued to explore Canada to the fullest, visiting all provinces, and also travelled within the United States. The best memories for Pieter while doing so were visits to PEI and Alaska. Pieter and Trudy were very proud to become Canadian citizens in 2015. After a very fulfilling life, Pieter started to suddenly experience some health problems in 2017. Because Pieter loved life, he kept alert with Trudy and Annemieke holding his hands for three days and nights before he passed away on August 6, 2017. Pieter will be missed for the wonderful, kind man he was. We thank him for enriching our lives, particularly as a great husband and devoted father - but also because he was simply the type of human being that we should all inspire to be. Pieter is survived by his wife of 60 years, Trudy Farenhorst - de Rie, his daughter Annemieke (Barbara), his granddaughter Brittany, as well as his family in the Netherlands. He also loved his many friends in the Netherlands and Canada. Pieter was predeceased by his parents and two brothers. A celebration of Pieter's life will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at Glen Lawn Funeral Home, 455 Lagimodiere Blvd. Viewing will take place at 1:30 p.m. prior to service. Rust zacht lieve Pietje en papa. We love you and thank you for all you have done. Family and friends wishing may sign a Book of Condolence at Glen Lawn Funeral Home 982-7550

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 12, 2017

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • Langs deze weg wil ik mijn deelneming betuigen en de familie heel veel sterkte wensen bij de verwerking van dit grote verlies. - Posted by: Rob Grigoletto (PPRC) on: Aug 15, 2017

  • Gecondoleerd met het verlies van Piet en heel veel sterkte in deze moeilijke tijden. - Posted by: Bert Huisenga (PPRC) on: Aug 14, 2017

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