Winchester Press – obit – Gerrit Luimes
Gerrit Luimes, a resident of the Bayfield ManorNursing Home in Kemptville for the past 12 years, passed awayon Mon., June 30, 2008. He was 75.
He was born in Aalten, The Netherlands, on July 30, 1932 Rudolfand Hendrika Luimes (nee Sellink). At the age of 18 he emmigratedby himself to Ontario with the responsibility of evaluating thearea for potential immigration for the rest of the family. Hisfamily eventually emmigrated to Canada in 1953.
He worked from Kingston to Ottawa doing farm labour and factorywork, and was valued for his amazing mechanical aptitude and preciseworkmanship. Soon after being chosen out of a crowd of availableyoung men by a beautiful young immigrant named Willemina van Galen,the couple moved to Grand Rapids, MI so that Gerrit could studyat Calvin College. After a couple of years Gerrit left schooland returned to work throughout southeastern Ontario.
In spite of nearly a life-long battle with schizophrenia, Gerritcontinually strived to provide what he could for his wife, family,and church community.
He is survived by his wife, his children Ralph (Debra) of Caledonia,Henry (Pythia) of Hanesville, Rita (Barry) Bergsma of Brinston,John (Sue) of Morewood, Steve (Jane) of Hudsonville, MI, Tim (Cynthia)of St. Thomas, Wilma (Rick) Kirk of Chico, CA, Gerald (Jody) ofCardinal; and his siblings Sena Reitsma of Kingston, Albert (Alice)of Canterbury, NB, Hank (Anne) of Wasaga Beach, Linda (Cy) Minnemaof Brampton, Dianne Moll of Kingston, and Rita (Gerrit) Hiemstraof Navan. Gerrit will be fondly remembered by 17 grandchildrenand five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parentsand his brother John. He is also survived by nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburgon July 4, and on July 5 at Williamsburg Christian Reformed Churchuntil the time of the funeral service with Rev. John Noordhofofficiating. Interment followed at New Union Cemetery in Williamsburg.The pallbearers were sons Ralph, Henry, John, Steve, Tim, andGerald.
Donations to Timothy Christian School or the Williamsburg ChristianReformed Church would be appreciated by the family.