John Bosman died suddenly at home in Brinston on Nov. 19, 2002. He was 81.
He is survived by his wife Marie Bosman (nee Vink), whom he married in Renfrew on Nov. 25, 1950.
He was born in Dinxperlo, the Netherlands, on April 15, 1921 to Johan Bosman and Hendrieka (nee Lammaers). Raised in Holland,in 1948 he immigrated to Canada and settled in Renfrew.
In 1950 he moved to Brinston where he resided for the past 42 years. He was a dairy farmer for most of his life, but also worked on the St. Lawrence Seaway for three years during the 1950s. He attended the Brockville Christian Reformed Church when he first moved to Brinston, and was one of the people who helped form the Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church in 1952.
Mr. Bosman is survived by children Rita (Harry) Jeninga of St. Marys, John (Debbie) of Ingleside, and Henry (Susan) of Cardinal. Also surviving is brother Evert (Dora) of Holland, as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by sisters Hendrika Geurkink and Hanna Seesink; and brothers Hendrik and Gerrit.
He will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Rodney, Katie, Shawn, Chrissy, Mindy, Chelsea and John; and great-grandson Skyler.
He was well known in the area for doing custom farm work. In his earlier years, he enjoyed playing sports, especially softball with his children. In more recent years, he maintained an interest in sports and enjoyed watching sports on TV, especially hockey with his children and grandchildren. He also loved to read.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Nov. 21, and the Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church on Nov. 22 where the funeral was held, officiated by Rev. George Rowaan. Interment was at New Union Cemetery in Williamsburg.
Donations to Timothy Christian School or Winchester District MemorialHospital would be appreciated by the family.
Pallbearers were Gordon Cooper, John Francis, John Vreman, FloydThompson, Mike Perry and Ben Albers.