Obituary of Albert Postma
On Thursday, January 26, our Dad, Albert Postma was called home to rest, just a few days short of his 97th birthday. He was predeceased by his wife Gerda in 2015. Left to miss and mourn him are his three daughters Margaret & Marinus Bakker of Auburn, Helen & Fred Gnuechtel of Round Rock, Texas and Janet & Ray Beldman of Dorchester. He will also be missed by 10 grandchildren: Karen (Mike) Stephens, Ruth Anne (Mike) Brown, Mike (Courtney) Bakker, Krystina (Matthew) Cornforth, Mary Ann (Scott) Parris, Kyle (Christina) Gnuechtel, Will (Melissa) Beldman, Andrew Beldman, Jocelyn (Omari) Stevens, Mark Beldman and 12 great-grandchildren. He also leaves his three sisters, Ielk & Jaap in New Zealand, Griet and Lies in the Netherlands. Also left to mourn is his dear sister-in-law Janny Postma of Clinton He was predeceased by 8 brothers and sisters. He also leaves many nieces and nephews that he thought so much of and loved them all. Anyone who met him would always comment on his hands, coal shovels is what he always called them. His hands were just a sign of how big his heart was. He, with his brother Wiebe, immigrated to Canada from Holland, to find a better way of life in 1950 and arrived in Saskatchewan in the middle of an April blizzard. One year later, his fiancé joined him and they married and settled in Portage La Prairie Manitoba. Their family expanded to include 3 daughters. This was followed by a move to Ontario in 1960, to have his own farm, which included his special girls (his beloved Jersey cows) in the Varna area and farmed until retirement in 1992. They moved to London where they were able to spend more time with their grandchildren and fulfill their dreams of travelling. When they travelled, Dad would make it a point to wash his hands in a river, ocean, creek, lake or any body of water he could find. The trip was not complete until "evenje handenwassen" in whatever country they were in. He was proud to visit almost every province in Canada and state in the USA. Dad spent the last few years at Henley Place being cared for by the most wonderful people in the world. The staff, on the Fanshawe wing, have angel’s wings hidden under their uniforms. We thank you for all you did for Dad. He loved you so much. A celebration of a life well lived, will be held at Evans Funeral Home (648 Hamilton Road) on Tuesday, January 31, 2023. Visitation with the family will be from 11 to 12:45 followed by a service at 1 pm. Pastor David Waldner, Chaplain of Henley Place will officiate. Albert's celebration of life will be live-streamed. Please CLICK HERE to register. Spring Interment in Baird Cemetery. Donations to Habitat for Humanity would be appreciated by the family. Dad volunteered there for many years driving the truck to working in the shop until he was 92. Online condolences can be expressed at www.evansfh.ca It is a cause close to his heart. Take off your gloves and put them down No more sweat and worry for you now Your labour is done, your home is now in heaven; No more must you wait, Your legacy lives on, your love of the land, And we will close the gate. Services: Service Date Tuesday, January 31, 2023 Service Time 1:00 p.m. Service Location Evans Funeral Home, 648 Hamilton Road, London, Ontario Visitation Tuesday, January 31, 2023 Visitation Time 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Visitation Location Evans Funeral Home, 648 Hamilton Road, London, Ontario Burial Date Spring of 2023 Burial Location Baird Cemetery Requested Charity Habitat for Humanity
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