Van John Geeraert – February 14, 1955 – April 6, 2011
It is with great sadness that the family of Van Geeraert announces his sudden passing. He was born in Calgary, Alberta and raised along the rivers and valleys around Terrace, British Columbia. Lovingly raised his children in Nelson; BC
His free spirit carried him around the world; he worked in Mouse Port Louisiana as a commercial diver, in Papua New Guinea building homes for CUSO, as a wrangler in Australia, a carpenter in Nelson and Port of Spain.
Van was a very special, dynamic man, his time has touched many people around the world with his pure sense of strength and honor.
Yes he was a little rough around the edges, but true and sincere in all the deeds he did. As a Father/Son/Brother/Friend you could always count on him to standby by you through thick and thin. His love was building specialty homes; he was quite often heard saying “the problem with square box houses is they’ve got no damn character”!
He will be sorrowfully missed by his wife Dianne, children; Jesse, August, Karter, Lenora, Theron; three step-children, Tricia, Russell, Shannon. Mother Lenora, Father August; Brother Graham (Charlotte), Sisters, Carol (Keith), Ora Lynne, Shireen (Roy), Cindy (Trevor); many neices and nephews, along with 2 great-neices, and one great nephew. Van was predeceased by Brother Ross, and Sister Claire.
Van was always about helping children and known to volunteer at youth centres. Because of this his family are asking that in lieu of flowers a donation to the “the Friends of Soma Society” Soma is a small town on the north east coast of Japan much like Terrace. This will greatly help the children displaced by the recent tsunami and earthquake in Japan. Donations can be sent to the Royal Bank in Terrace.