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Born: Jun 12, 1942
Date of Passing: Nov 28, 2019Offer Condolences or Memory
June 12, 1942 - November 28, 2019
He leaves to mourn his children, Kim (Vince), Rob (Tammy), Brian (Jackie); 10 grandchildren, Jenna (Erik), Stephanie (Nolan), Jonathan (Taylor), Emily, Chelsea, Jodie, Chantal, Madeline, Gerrit, Thomas; great-granddaughter Emery; sister-in-law Pearl Boonstra, brother-in-law Ernie Boklaschuk; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.
Dad was predeceased by his wife Janis; parents, George and Pearl Boonstra; in-laws, John and Muriel Swinton; sisters, Anne Haarsma and Grace Boklaschuk; brother Carl Boonstra; brother-in-law John Haarsma.
Dad was born June 12, 1942 and lived his entire life on the farm in Meadows. The youngest of four children, Dad grew up in a loving home where life revolved around the farm. He played hockey and baseball as a teenager, bought a 1200 cc Harley Davidson when he was 15, loved fishing, earned his pilots license and loved flying his plane that he owned together with Grant Johnson. Dad enjoyed coaching hockey and baseball in Warren and spent many years volunteering at the Meadows Community Club which he loved to do.
Dad and Mom were married just over 50 years when she passed away in 2016 and life for him would not be the same without her. They had a wonderful life together travelling with friends, raising their family, and farming alongside Uncle Carl and Auntie Pearl. In his later years, he loved to help out on the farm with his family and grandchildren. Dad could usually be found on the seeder, baler, swather or packing silage. His experience and quiet determination will be missed immensely. Dad took great pride in his yard and garden, and he would make his rounds with his gator bringing water to the places that needed it and sharing his produce with any of us that wanted it.
Other than Mom, Dad's love was his grandchildren. Attending their sporting events and school programs, he loved each one in a special way. He always had a cupboard full of candies, chocolate bars, and his homemade butter tarts ready for any of them to come over and watch Jets games, CNN or old war movies with him.
We will miss you immensely Dad, but
it's time to go home to be with Mom,
and your brother and sisters.
"Grampa we will miss you."
In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire donations can be made to the Meadows Community Club, P.O. Box 29, Group 40, Marquette, MB R0H 0V0.
MacKenzie Funeral Home
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 03, 2019
Condolences & Memories (13 entries)
To Brian and Jackie and family...our sincere condolences on the passing of your dad. I know you have many memories to remember him by and he truly lives on in you and the kids. Thinking of you all. - Posted by: Kim & Glenn Wark (A friend from years ago) on: Dec 24, 2019
Rob & Tammy, and family..so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time. - Posted by: karen leochko (friend) on: Dec 06, 2019
We were saddened to hear of Bert's passing and still miss Janis , our dear friend, who passed away in 2016. Heartfelt condolences to you, the children and grandchildren. Bert and Janis will now be together forever. - Posted by: Ruth Byquist, Ann Slobodzian, Jackie Treytiak, Lois Miller and April Mills. (Former co-workers with Janis at Kildonan Medical Centre) on: Dec 06, 2019
Your dad had to be the kindest most considerate man we have ever had the privilege of knowing. Our deepest condolences go out to all of you and your families. May God bless,Terry and Sylvia Tucker - Posted by: Terry and Sylvia Tucker (Friends ) on: Dec 04, 2019
Thinking of you all, so sad hearing the news. We enjoyed our times with your Mom and Dad on our travels to Texas and when we were back in your area. Good Memories Ken and Diane Mykle - Posted by: Ken and Diane mykle (Friend) on: Dec 03, 2019
Our sincere condolences to all the Boonstra family. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Arne and Barb, Langley B.C. - Posted by: Barb and Arne Mykle (Friend ) on: Dec 03, 2019
We will remember your Mom and Dad with great fondness. Always so enjoyed our visits! - Posted by: Mark and Fay Stewart (Friend) on: Dec 03, 2019
Our deepest condolences to the Family. May love and support help guide you through this difficult time. - Posted by: Angie & Kevin Kendel (Family friend) on: Dec 03, 2019
Please accept our heartfelt sympathy on the passing of this gentle man. His passing leaves a hole in this family that will be filled with loving memories from everyone who's lives he touched. - Posted by: Richard & Sharon Ritchie (Long time friends) on: Dec 03, 2019
Our sincerest sympathy to you and the family .We have many happy memories travelling together with your Mom and Dad,motorhome trips to Cavalier N.D., carribean cruise, and going on golfing trips together. How happy we were to see him at our 65th anniversary party in October. - Posted by: Carl and Edie Simonson (Very good friends) on: Dec 03, 2019
So sorry to hear of this sad loss. Condolences to the family - Posted by: Shauna, Amber , Arlee Romanchuk (Friend of the community ) on: Dec 03, 2019
Rob, Tammy and family, So sorry for your loss. Our sincere condolences to you and the entire Boonstra family. - Posted by: Marshall and Gwen Lawrence and girls (Friends) on: Dec 03, 2019
Sorry to hear of Berts passing. Our condolences to the entire Boonstra family. - Posted by: The Grocholski family (Friends) on: Dec 03, 2019
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