Winchester Press – obit – John Douma
John Douma, a lifetime resident of the Chestervillearea, passed away suddenly at home on Fri., Oct. 24, 2008. Hewas 55.
He was born in Crysler on May 14, 1953 to Jean (nee Oldenburger)and the late Wytze Douma. He was raised on the family farm alongwith his nine brothers and sisters, and eventually he purchasedthe family farm which he and his brothers Abe and Rick operatedas Chestcreek Farms Ltd.
On July 12, 1975 he married Alice DePater, and together they wereblessed with five children; Melissa, Jason, Aaron, Thomas, andMiranda. He was also fortunate to have had one granddaughter andfour grandsons who loved to visit him on the farm and ride thesix-wheeler with their Papa.
He was an avid traveller, enjoying such areas as Holland, variousstates and provinces, but his desired destinations were usuallytropical in nature. People he met on these trips were drawn tohim due to his hearty laugh, big smile, and genuine personalitywhich was generally teasing in nature.
His love of young people was evident when he volunteered to bethe president of the Winchester Jr. “B” Hawks from 2002-07.He always encouraged the players, and everyone knew they couldcome to him for anything. John and Alice’s houme was always opento visitors, especially their friends and all of their children’sfriends.
John was well known to the community through 4-H, the fair board,Dairyfest committees, the milk marketing board, and farming. Recently,John could often be found at cow auctions, trying to find thenext good deal. He instilled good moral values into his childrenand was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone who neededit. He was a man of respect and dignity and will definitely bemissed by all who met him.
John is survived by his wife Alice, and children Melissa (Dennis)Daigle of Mississauga, Jason (Jenny) of Barrie, Aaron, Thomas,and Miranda all at home. He was the dear brother to Jeannie (John)Luimes of Oshawa, Harold (Mary) of Chesterville, Dorothea (Bob)Weirdsma of Peterborough, Oscar (Karen) of Pennsylvania, Abe (Janet)of Chesterville, JoAnna (Sim) Weirdsma of Peterborough, Rick (Ellen)of Brinston, George (Darlene) of Whitby, and Wes (Wanda) of Brinston.He is also survived by six grandchildren, 44 nieces and nephews,and 17 great-nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburgon Mon., Oct. 27. The funeral service was held at the WilliamsburgChristian Reformed Church on Tues., Oct. 28 with Rev. John Noordhofofficiating, followed by interment at New Union Cemetery in Williamsburg.The pallbearers were Paul Oosterhof, Mike Bradley, Peter Guy,Ype Vanderveen, Dave Holmes, Hugh Fawcett, Marty Gillard, andChris Johnston. The honourary pallbearers were Gord Johnson, PatLynch, Earl McBean, Paul Helmer, and Jim Bancroft.
Donations to Timothy Christian School or Winchester District MemorialHospital would be appreciated by the family.