Arthur Vandekemp of Winchester passed away at Winchester District Memorial Hospital on Tues., April 12, 2016, after a long and hard fought battle with Alzheimer’s. He was 78.
He was born in Holland on Aug. 4, 1937, and moved to Canada in 1953, with his parents and siblings. Having tried his hand at several different jobs across Canada, he finally was able to follow his heart, and purchased a small farm near Ormond. It was here that he and his loving wife, Hilda, settled down and raised their family of six children. After retiring, Art and Hilda moved to Winchester in 2009. They could frequently be found with their group of friends at Tim Hortons in the afternoon. Arthur was known in the community for his genuine smile and big wave. Spending time with family, especially his grandchildren and great grandchildren, made his face light up with joy.
Arthur is survived by his loving wife, Hilda Vandekemp (nee deJonge), and his children, Mariann Sheldrick (Martin) of Mountain, Wally (Sherry) of Winchester, Carol Reaney (Chris) of Metcalfe, Nancy Blokland (Sid) of Brinston, Brenda Geurkink (Ron) of Brinston, and Stephen (Amy) of Russell. Arthur will be fondly remembered by 23 grandchildren — Carrie, Jennifer (Dale), Erika, Lauryn, Kevin, Kyle (Stephanie), Cole, Morgan, Candace, Lauren, Lesley (Nick), Cory, Karen, Tracey, Kaitlyn, Katrina, Chelsea, Alexya, Zach, and Danika; and four great-grandchildren — Tobey, Cooper, Gavin, and Abigail. Arthur was the brother of Marie Forward (Bob), Jane Turpie (late Jack), Wally (Sheila), Willie Gauthier (Bob), and Ella Campbell (Neil). He was also the brother-in-law of Ann Kramer. He was predeceased by his parents, Wouter and Marie Vandekemp, his sister, Eve Massar, and his brother, John.
Arthur’s family would like to express their gratitude to the extended family, friends, and many members of the community for their love and continued support during this difficult time. Special thanks are extended to the nursing staff of WDMH, who took care of not only Arthur, but also his family during his final days. We are very grateful for the care and support of the staff at the Cornwall Hospital, the Ottawa Civic Hospital, Garden Villa in Chesterville, and Woodlands Villa in Long Sault offered him during his brief stay with each of them. We also offer our sincere thanks to the PSW’s who made it possible for Arthur to remain at home for the last couple years as he battled with the end stages of Alzheimer’s.
Friends called at Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Fri., April 15 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service was held at Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church on Sat., April 16 at 1 pm, with Rev. John Noordhof officiating. Interment at New Union Cemetery in Williamsburg followed the service. The pallbearers were Dale Fisher; Kyle and Cole Pedersen; Kevin Vandekemp; Karen and Tracey Blokland; and Kaitlyn and Katrina Geurkink.