Daniel Jack Van Der Veen
1960 – 2018
This is the story of Danny Van Der Veen. Danny was a free spirit who was loving, adventurous, and courageous. He was a wonderful man that was loved, is missed and will always be cherished. He was a devoted husband, amazing father and proud grandfather.
Danny’s story starts on April 15, 1960 when his parents, Anna and Wytze Van Der Veen, brought him into this world. Danny was a twin and had six loving siblings Corri Van Der Veen, Donny (Glenna) Van Der Veen, Dede (Peter) Milne, Melisse (Larry) McMillan, Jennifer (Bill) Leclair, and Jeff Van Der Veen.
Danny spent his childhood in Winchester for the first seven years, where he was spoiled by his grandparents who lived next door. He later moved to Morewood, where he made many lifelong friends. Danny excelled academically and was hard to keep occupied. He loved playing outdoors with his brothers and sisters.
In 1980, he married the love of his life, Marjorie Morris, and became a cherished son-in-law to Carman and Marlene Morris. They spent many hardworking years north of Morewood, where they raised their two daughters Crystal (Robbie) Renaud, and Sarah (Geoff) Wright. Danny was known for his smile and humour, his drive, his work ethic, and his ability to talk and listen to all. He was a generous man, with a warm heart, willing to help everyone. Danny was a firefighter for many years in his community. Danny had many successful years driving truck and buying and selling heavy equipment. He had a passion for equipment restoration, loved working with his hands and loved seeing his visions through. He loved to gamble and loved to take risks and push things to the limits.
Danny loved being surrounded by family and playing with his grandchildren. He was a proud grandfather of Addison and Aidan Renaud. Danny’s grandchildren were his heart and soul. There’s no denying that. His grandchildren encouraged him to slow down and enjoy some of the simple things in life. He enjoyed playing card games, watching them play, and teaching them life lessons. He was also a fun-loving uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Later in life, Danny experienced a tragic accident and suffered from various incurable illnesses. He struggled to maintain his ability to do all the things he loved, and lost this battle on Thurs., Aug. 2, 2018 at his sanctuary. As the story goes, until we see you again, we love, cherish, and miss you everyday for eternity.
To celebrate Danny’s life, please join the family at the Morewood Recreation Centre on Sat., Aug. 11 from 12 to 3 pm. Everyone is encouraged to share their favourite memories of Danny.