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Donkersloot, Tonny

Born: Mar 20, 1932

Date of Passing: Nov 30, 2020

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DONKERSLOOT: Tonny Donkersloot was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands on March 20, 1932. He was the youngest of three siblings. He is predeceased by his siblings Hans and Ans. Ton passed away from complications related to COVID 19 on November 30th, 2020. Ton grew up in a neighbourhood of Rotterdam that survived the bombardment at the beginning of WW II. Following the war, he went on to obtain an engineering degree. In 1948 he met his future wife, Catharina Kakes. Seeking new opportunities, they immigrated to Canada. They were married in Brandon, Manitoba in 1954, where they established their home and raised four children. Ton was a member of the YMCA where he was very active playing volleyball and enjoying a good steam at the "Y". He was also an avid soccer fan. Ton coached all of his sons and was a fan of the Dutch national soccer team. He worked for many years for Canadian Steel Tank in Manitoba. In 1970, he began work at Brandon University as the Director of Physical Plants and continued in this role until his retirement. Upon his retirement in 1996, Ton and Catharina moved to Sechelt where they became very involved in their community. Ton became an active board member with the Sechelt Seniors' Activity Centre, enjoying the many activities they had to offer, especially aerobics. He looked forward to the weekly fish and chip lunch. Ton volunteered with the Sechelt Hospice Society. He was passionate in his role of comforting those in time of need. Ton and Catharina were both members of St. John's United Church. Ton enjoyed his weekly men's discussion group at Pebbles Restaurant and was a frequent golfer at the Blue Ocean golf course. He continued his love of soccer and frequently went into Vancouver to attend the Whitecaps games. Ton and Catharina moved to an Independent Living facility in Burnaby in 2012. He leaves behind his wife of 66 years, Catharina, four children: Ronald (Mary Lou Viss); Paul (Deirdre Riley), Annette (Lyn Davies), and Keith (Nina Thumand); four grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

As published in Brandon Sun on Jan 16, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • While remembering Ton vividly for his dedicated service to BU and his frequent help in adjusting temperature in the study/seminar room on the top floor of the Original Bldg before its renovation, I send my heartfelt condolence to Catharina for Ton’s passing. Hope time will ease your sorrow, and the memory of his active life will give you strength to face all the challenges during the current pandemic. With my deep sympathy, May Yoh - Posted by: May Yoh (Friend & colleague) on: Jan 23, 2021

  • I’m so sorry to hear of Ton’s passing: though I’d not seen him for many years I still think of him often. I worked with Ton at the University, and had many occasions to meet with him both on work matters and for coffee. Ton was such a gentleman, conducting himself in a quiet, steady manner that inspired confidence that matters left in his hands would be effectively and efficiently dealt with. Ton was always interested in others, and it comes as no surprise that he was so active in the lives of other people. He was an extraordinary man, and I’ll always think of him fondly and be grateful to have known him. My sincerest condolences to Ton’s family. - Posted by: Paul O’Driscoll (Colleague ) on: Jan 22, 2021

  • Some of my fondest memories growing up in Brandon was skiing on the north hill with my friends. My father would drive us over to the north hill and we would ski for a couple of hours then head for home. My dad invited a young engineer who had recently emigrated from Holland to join us. That young engineer was Ton and we had some great times skiing with him. He was older than myself and my friends but he really joined in and shared our enthusiasm. Catharina I’m so sorry to hear of his passing. I hope you are doing well - Posted by: Gord Bennett ( Young friend) on: Jan 17, 2021

  • I'm sorry to hear of Ton's passing. Regards and deepest condolences to the family. - Posted by: Brian J Stirling (Friend) on: Jan 17, 2021

  • Our family, the Elliotts, lived just around the corner from the Donkersloots in Brandon. There was always a family soccer game happening in the Donkersloot’s yard, and neighbours were always welcome! Mr. Donkersloot (Ton) was always the jolly, towering coach with the booming voice in the middle of it all. Fond memories indeed. Sincere condolences to a wonderful family from Lawrence and the entire Elliott family. - Posted by: Lawrence Elliott (Brandon friends) on: Jan 17, 2021

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