Jack Van Hoof

Jack Van Hoof, a resident of the Williamsburg area for the past 44 years, passed away peacefully at home on Sat., Oct. 19, 2013. He was 85.
He was born in Mariahout, The Netherlands, on Nov. 28, 1927 to his parents, Petrus and Francisca Van Hoof (nee Bekx). As a young man, Jack served in the Dutch army in Indonesia, but he didn’t like the military because he was a peaceful man – never a fighter.
Following his mandatory military service, Jack followed his childhood sweetheart, Toni Byvelds, to Canada, and on June 29, 1957 they were married at St. Mary of the Presentation Church in Chesterville. They were blessed with six children.
He was a very hard-working man, and together with his brothers-in-law,Gerry Byvelds and Tony Byvelds, they formed a company named B & H Masonry. Jack’s specialty was working with stone, and he was involved in the construction of many local homes until he retired in 1992.
In addition to being a talented mason, Jack was also very good at woodworking. His family and friends are proud owners of many wooden toys and keepsakes that Jack created.
Jack and Toni liked to travel, and took several bus trips across Canada and the U.S. He also enjoyed riding his bike and taking long walks. He liked to garden, and he was very proud of his flowers and gardens. He was a member of the Horticultural Society, and also served as a member of their executive.
He was a good man, a man of great faith, and a loyal family man. He was proud of his family, and a devoted husband to Toni for 56 years.
Jack leaves a wonderful legacy behind, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his wife, Toni, his children, Francine (Jos) Melenhorst of Winchester, Donald (Laurie) of Boucks Hill, Gary (Julie) of Morrisburg, Brian (Shanna) of Williamsburg, Paul (Donna) of Metcalfe, and Lisa (Steve) Cassidy of Addison; his siblings, Martien (Marta), Nella (Janes) Vander Hurk, Theo, Harrie (Maria), Gerard (Jeanne), Andre (Rina), and Katherine Sanders, all of Holland. He will be fondly remembered by 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister, Johanna Rooyakkers, his brother, Karel, and his granddaughter Michelle. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Mon., Oct. 21  from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Morrisburg on Tue., Oct. 22 at 11 am with Father Chisholm officiating, followed  by interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Morrisburg. The honourary pallbearers were Ted Vanderzweep and Clare Racine. The pallbearers were Pat Byvelds, Pete Byvelds, Robert Byvelds, Raymond Van Moorsel, John Byvelds, Danny Byvelds, Mike Byvelds, and Steven Byvelds.
Donations to St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, the Canadian Cancer Society, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.marsdenmclaughlin.com