May 26, 1926 – November 12, 2018
It was an early autumn evening when Elizabeth, Max’s forever caring wife of 66 years and his seven children held hands, sang and prayed together while Max (92), passed peacefully.
Max was born in S’Heeren Bergh, Netherlands, attended boarding school and had his teenage years dictated by war efforts. At 18, the Dutch army promoted Max to Sergeant Major during 4.5 years of service in Indonesia.
At the age 25, Max immigrated to Canada, landing first in Ganders, Newfoundland before settling in Vancouver, beginning a new life and a new family which became 47 strong and still growing.
Max will be lovingly remembered by his spouse Elizabeth; sister Wera in Holland; two daughters Yvonne and Marilyn; and five sons: Raymond, Robert, Perry, Jeffrey and the youngest son, Max. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grand children, including 3 by marriage. Max is predeceased by his youngest sister Betty, two daughters-in-law, Susan and Moira, and son-in-law, Gary.
Before retiring in 1990 to Kelowna, Max, throughout his successful business career, welcomed Dutch immigrants with room and board, was an active volunteer of the Lions Club and Catholic Netherlands Association, Knights of Columbus choir member and life long contributor to the Church.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, December 1st, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Alzheimer Society of Canada, www.alzheimer.ca Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com.
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