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Born: Apr 06, 1954

Date of Passing: Nov 29, 2019

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We are saddened to announce the passing of John van der Zande on Friday, November 29, 2019.
John was born in Winnipeg April 6, 1954.
He is survived by Shelley Demski, his loving wife of 42 years; siblings, Frank (Diana), Ria, Elly (Jeremy), Nick (Diane); brothers-in-law, Gerry (Linda), Glen (Karen), Darrell (Darlene), numerous nieces and nephews, his Aunt Lena and cousins in Canada and Holland.
John was predeceased by parents, Nick and Johanna van der Zande.
He grew up in North Kildonan until the family moved to Springfield in 1965. John has a large circle of close friends. He had an amazing ability to make people feel welcome. He loved being an independent contractor (trucking, landscaping, snow clearing, etc.) and took great pride in work well done. Music was a passion in John's life. He loved playing the drums with friends at their home known as "Johnny Buck's Roadhouse". He will be missed by many.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Association or a charity of your choice.
Funeral service will be held on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. at the Oakbank Baptist Church, 26033 Springfield Road in Oakbank. Interment will take place at Sunnyside Cemetery.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 04, 2019

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Our Condolences to Shelley and the family. John was a great friend to us and its sad news for all to lose him so soon. Rest in Peace brother. - Posted by: Fred van Andel/Cheryl McKenny (Friends) on: Dec 10, 2019

  • My deepest condolences Shelley, John was an amazing guy, loved by all. Hugs - Posted by: Elaine Koltalo (Friend) on: Dec 08, 2019

  • My friend, my friend, you are always my friend. I love you brother. - Posted by: marty max (kin) on: Dec 06, 2019

  • SHELLY WE WILL ALL MISS John and his friendship but please keep strong and in faith we will see him again in a paridise condition by having faith in Jehovah God and his loving son Christ Jesus Amen. - Posted by: Allan Zelinsky (Friend) on: Dec 05, 2019

  • So sorry to hear about John . He was a great guy and will be sadly missed . May he rest in peace. Sending hugs your way. Pat & Dave - Posted by: Patricia Roga (Friend) on: Dec 05, 2019

  • My deepest condolences to you Shelly . John was a fantastic guy and will be sadly missed. - Posted by: ian forsyth (Friend ) on: Dec 04, 2019

  • Danny and I offer our condolence to all the family, Rest in Peace John. Chantal and Danny - Posted by: Chantal Husson/Danny Besson (Friend) on: Dec 04, 2019

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