Henry Hoogeveen, a resident of the Chesterville area for the past 58 years, passed away peacefully at home on Sun., May 27, 2012, at the age of 83, following a lengthy illness.
Henry was born in Wanroy, The Netherlands on Aug. 14, 1928, to his parents, Theodorus and Johanna Hoogeveen (nee Broeks). He was one of seven children, and he served as a member of the Dutch army after the Second World War.
He eventually met and married Johanna Vander Straaten, and together they ventured across the ocean to Canada with $200 in their pocket and a dream. When they first arrived in Halifax, NS in 1953, they were sponsored by Dr. Bain, and lived at his residence in Sherbrooke, Que. Henry worked as a groundskeeper at Dr. Bain’s home.
After being in Quebec for the required time, and also missing family, they longed to be closer to other Dutch people. They moved to Chesterville in 1954, where Henry worked for Blake Ball on the farm. They lived in a house on Forward Road in rural Chesterville. He also worked for some time at Berry’s Feed Store in town.
In May of 1958, they purchased the farm on County Road 7, where they lived for 22 years. In 1980, Henry and Hanna purchased the house across the road, and their son Jack and his new wife moved into the family farm house. It was at this house that Henry enjoyed his retirement years, and where you could always find him working in his vegetable garden and flower beds, which were his pride and joy.
Henry was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. He possessed an excellent sense of humour, and loved to make people smile.
He will be remembered as a devoted parishioner of St. Mary of the Presentation Catholic Church, a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 434 in Chesterville, a strong member of the Dutch community, and as the retired dairy farmer who enjoyed touring the country side on his bicycle. He was a talented dancer, especially when it came to doing the polka, and he loved soccer and hockey, so long as it wasn’t the Montreal Canadiens. He loved to travel, and did so as long as he was able to.
Henry is survived by his wife, Johanna (nee Vander Straaten) of over 59 years. He was the dear father of Ted (Denise) of Ottawa, Jack (Dianne) of Chesterville, Joanne (Greg) Seymour of Barrhaven, Mary (Bob) Dillabough of Chesterville, and Mike (Wendy) of Chesterville. He was the loving Grandpa of John, Ryan, Jaclyn, Cory, Kim, Eric, Kate, Sara, Rebecca, Mandy, Theo, Kevin, and Taryn and Great-Grandpa of Abigail, Gabriel, and Mason.
He was the dear brother of Jana (Tony) Vanderlockout, Mary Vanderligt, Jan, Cor (Corrie), Martin (Mimi), and Koos (Mary), all of Holland. He was predeceased by his parents, his younger brother, John, and his grandson, Adam. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Chesterville on Wed., May 30. A Legion service was held on Wednesday evening at 6:45 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Mary of the Presentation Catholic Church on Thurs., May 31 with Father Cosmas and Father Appelman officiating, followed by interment at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Chesterville.
The pallbearers were grandsons, John Dillabough, Ryan Seymour, Cory Dillabough, Eric Hoogeveen, Theo Hoogeveen, and Kevin Hoogeveen.
The honourary pallbearers were granddaughters, Jaclyn Hoogeveen, Kim Seymour, Kate Hoogeveen, Sara Dillabough, Rebecca Hoogeveen, Mandy Hoogeveen, and Taryn Hoogeveen.
Donations to the Winchester District Memorial Hospital Dialysis Unit or St. Mary’s church would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
Online condolences may be made at www.marsdenmclaughlin.com.