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Born: May 25, 1926
Date of Passing: Aug 26, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
Dad was predeceased by his wife Johanna, of 73 years.
Left to mourn his passing are his seven children, Nell O'Grady (Bob), Gerry, Dirk (Blanche), Andre (Runie), Roy (Wendy), Jeff (Liz), Marianne Bouvette (Rob); sister Gerrie Quakernaat; 17 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; as well as many dear friends and relatives.
Born in Gorinchem, Holland on May 25, 1926. Growing up as a teenager during the war Dad had a lot of interesting stories. One was how he avoided the Nazis by living with a family on a small farm with the help of the Dutch Underground.
After the war, he met the love of his life Johanna Bronk and they married in March 1947. In 1956 with three children, they emigrated to Canada, four more children would follow.
Dad worked many jobs in Winnipeg, orderly at St. Boniface Hospital, The Winnipeg Inn, Benny's Deli in the concourse were just a few.
Dad, a proud Dutchman, joined the Dutch Club and volunteered at the Dutch Pavilion singing, dancing, kleppering, puppet show, harmonica with Mom on stage were some of the things he loved to do. He also served as the Ambassador for the Dutch Pavilion with Mom for one year.
Dad's love for Holland was strong, going back many times to visit friends and family. Dad's favourite times were family gatherings when everyone was together.
Dad passed with the same strength and humour that he lived his life. Mom and Dad's ashes will be spread together.
A Celebration of Life with friends and family will be held at a later date.
E.J. Coutu & Co. Funeral Directors
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 04, 2021
Condolences & Memories (7 entries)
My sincere sympathy to Eddie's family. Eddie (as I always knew him) was such a kind and generous man. I worked with him at St. B as a newly graduated RN, and Eddie was the best teacher ever. It was such a joy to work with him. Both he and Johanna were such wonderful people. To Nell and Bob, our personal thoughts are with you at this time. Ed & Lynda - Posted by: Lynda Taylor (friend and St. B. co-worker) on: Sep 05, 2021
Opa was one of the greatest people I ever knew. When I was younger I would go for a lot of Friday night visits and just before I would leave he would go into the kitchen and come back with a little package of bacon for me because he knew I love it. He would always be sure to say "make sure you go straight home." or " go to A&W for a teen burger." I had so many great times with opa but one thing that I will never forget is one time, I think it was three or four years ago I was over at his and Omas place and everyone else was in the living room and he was still in sitting at the dining room table and I went and sat beside him and I put my hand on his hand and he just looked at me and said "sweetheart." He lived such a great life and he was always so happy and he always had great stories and jokes to share. I am so going to miss him, I already do more than I can put into words. I love you Opa - Posted by: Chloe Oakes (Great grandchild) on: Sep 05, 2021
I have many happy memories of family gatherings and vacations spent with our families. Especially New Years Eve parties, with ole bollen and apple flappen being cooked with Oma Adrie at the helm. Loved him, and Tanta Jo. Will miss them both and was happy to read that their ashes will be scattered together. Love, Joy - Posted by: joy leger (Niece) on: Sep 05, 2021
He was a great man with a huge heart that matched his love for his family. He had a great sense of humour. He will be missed. Now he is with his wife in heaven. No more lonely days for Opa. No more pain. Rest in peace with Oma❤❤ - Posted by: Julie Gauthier (Family friend) on: Sep 04, 2021
My sincere condolences on your loss. I pray that memories of happier times will see you through your time of grief! "God gave us memory so we might enjoy roses in winter." Bob - Posted by: Bob Strong (Friend) on: Sep 04, 2021
My deepest condolences to Gerry and family. - Posted by: Laurette Godard (Friend) on: Sep 04, 2021
So sorry to hear of Ed. We always enjoyed it when they entertained at Folklorama. - Posted by: Beatrix Zwiep (Friend) on: Sep 04, 2021
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