John Martin VAN EMMERIK

John Martin VAN EMMERIK

VAN EMMERIK, John Martin Aug. 2, 1943 – Jan. 27, 2010 Died peacefully at home in Okanagan Falls with his wife Christine at his side, after a valiant battle with cancer. John was born in Holland and at 6 years of age, emigrated to Canada with his parents, John and Bertha; brother, Cornelius and sister, Johanna. He worked for GM dealerships as parts man and Parts Manager for over 40 years. He has been retired for the past 2 years and thoroughly enjoyed working on small gas engines and woodworking. He made many beautiful pieces of furniture and took pride in doing a good job. He loved animals and always had a dog. He loved country music, played guitar and enjoyed good comedy and a good laugh. He met and married Christine (nee Thorlakson) in 1965. They lived in Newton, BC for many years and moved with their four boys to the Okanagan in 1976. John is survived by his loving wife Christine; sons, Jim (Anet) and their children, Alexandra and Samantha, Gary and Matt. His Mother Bertha Van Emmerik; sisters, Johnanna Nedoborski, Betty (Bob) Justason, and Mimi Van Emmerik; Mother-in-law, Gwen Thorlakson; brothers-in-law, Steve (Kathy) Thorlakson, Carl (Jan Sweeny) Thorlakson as well as many nieces and nephews. He was sadly predeceased by his son Daniel Van Emmerik in 2005; father, John Sr.; brother, Cornelius (Corny); granddaughter, Georgia Van Emmerik and father-in-law, Harold Thorlakson. Donations may be made in John’s memory to Okanagan Cancer Car Project (2251 Abbott St., Kelowna, BC, V1Y1E2). No Service by request. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.everdenrust.com


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