Henry “Henk” Geurkink
Henry Geurkink, a resident of Brinston for the past 63 years, was called home to God on Fri., July 25, 2014. He was 79.
Henry was born in Halle, The Netherlands, on Dec. 23, 1934 to his parents, Johan and Hendrika Geurkink (nee Bosman). The family immigrated to Canada in 1949, first living in Alberta for a year, before settling in Brinston. Jessie Evers and her family also immigrated to Canada and landed in Brinston before moving to Wellandport. He married the girl next door when she returned to Brinston, and they wed on May 26, 1961.
Farming was Henry’s life, and he was good at it. He worked at the block plant in Morrisburg for many years before farming full-time. He milked about 30-35 cows; just enough to raise a family of five. The family all worked on the farm in the fields and in the barn. He had a passion for the earth, the ground, watching a seed turning into a plant. He preferred a simplified life.
Henry and Jessie were always together; Henry farmed while Jessie tended to the household and the children. Even after Henry retired from farming, they volunteered together, and visited family and friends. They loved to go out for breakfast on Saturday mornings, and watch the Lawrence Welk Show and PBS on Sunday nights. They had an incredible strength and love for each other through health and sickness.
Henry was a God-fearing, quiet man who didn’t say a lot unless he felt it was necessary. He was a man of example.
He loved the community and Brinston, and it was good to him. People stopped by regularly to help him and Jessie when they needed it. Henry was at the General Store, Tibbens, Plantes, and the Co-Op on a regular basis while farming, however, the last number of years he went to the Co-Op and the General Store, not due to equipment failure, but to visit. Memories of Henry driving his Massey Ferguson – “the putt putt” tractor – through Brinston are definitely imbedded in people’s minds.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Jessie, his children, Shirley Geurkink of Ottawa, Ron (Brenda) of Brinston, and Brenda Geurkink-Guy of Gananoque. He was the proud grandfather of Mitchell, Travis, Adrian, Kaitlyn, Katrina, and Chelsea. He was also the proud great-grandfather of Keira and Austin. He was the brother of Arie (Janny) of Iroquois, and John of Iroquois, and brother-in-law of Gerrit Westervelt of Brinston and to the Evers family. He was predeceased by his sisters, Grace Kolff (James) and Johanna Westervelt, and his sister-in-law, Coral Geurkink. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Community Christian Reformed Church in Dixons Corners on Thurs., July 31 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service was held at the church on Fri., Aug. 1 at 11 am with Rev. Brian Barr officiating, followed by interment at Spruce Haven Cemetery in Brinston. The pallbearers were Mitchell Van Ryswyk, Travis Van Ryswyk, Adrian Van Ryswyk, and Ron Geurkink.
Should you wish to make a donation, Henry would appreciate them to be to the Winchester District Memorial Hospital or Wycliffe Bible Translation.
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