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Born: Aug 24, 1930

Date of Passing: Sep 16, 2019

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Peacefully on Monday, September 16, 2019 Leonardus Hubertus Petrus Beelen passed away, with his family by his side, after a lengthy battle from heart disease.
Leo had just celebrated his 89th birthday.
He was passionate for life and his love for his family. He is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Aartje (Anne) (nee Van Reenen); eldest son Leo (Judy); grandchildren, Rick, Gina, Tyler and Chantelle; daughter Yvonne (Barry); grandchild Amber (Darryl); great-grandchildren, Keenan (Diana), Ethan and Brooke; son Gerhard (Brian); son Robert (Leona); brother Pierre; sister-in-law Mia Beelen (Tillmans), and numerous nieces and nephews. Leo was predeceased by his daughter Anita (1955); parents, Leo and Anna; two brothers, Jo and Huub, and five sisters, Beth, Marie, An, Nellie and Lenie.
Dad was born August 24, 1930 in Nuth, Netherlands. Leo followed in his father and brothers' footsteps by carrying on the family tradition of working in the coal mines. He immigrated to Canada in 1958 with his wife and son Leo, settling in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Leo was an avid gardener, painter and bird enthusiast. Dad's passion was also building, as he aided in the construction of both his son's houses. He enjoyed reminiscing about the past with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and anyone who would lend an ear.
The family would like to express a special thank-you to all the caring, compassionate staff on the 5th floor, Units 4 and 5 of Seven Oaks General Hospital.
A private Celebration of Life will take place.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba.

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As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 21, 2019

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • To Anne, Gerry, Brian and all the Beelen family, my sincere condolences and my heart goes out to you at this sad time. Reading the story on Leo's life he was a busy man and lived a very fulfilled life during his time with all of you. Now as he rests in peace always remember the good times and the loving memories you shared that you can cherish forever ❤ Love sent to you all. Nancy - Posted by: Nancy & Thivierge (Friend of the family) on: Sep 21, 2019

  • I am very sorry for your family's loss Gerry and Brian, sending condolences. - Posted by: roxanne hudson (friend) on: Sep 21, 2019

  • Leo, Judy and family. My sincerest condolences on your loss. John McFerran, Vancouver. - Posted by: John McFerran (Friend) on: Sep 21, 2019

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