Erik Meyers passed away on January 21, 2008 at the age of 68 years in Creston, BC.
Erik was born on May 24, 1939 in Balikpapan, Borneo, Indonesia and moved to Java in 1942 where he was put into a Japanese concentration camp for two and a half years.
In 1946 his family repatriated back to the Netherlands. Erik studied at the higher Agricultural College in Durecht, Holland and graduated with a Bachelors in Agriculture.
On May 25, 1961 Erik married his teenage sweetheart Hester and they had three children. Yvonne was born in 1961, Paula in 1964 and Ron in 1967.
From 1961 until 1963, Erik was a Lieutenant in the Dutch Army and then the family immigrated to Canada in April of 1963 where he worked at various farms in the Fraser Valley.
On March 1, 1968 the family bought a farm on Yale Rd. West and established Calender Holstein Farm. Erik was known for breeding a very outstanding registered Holstein herd. He was very proud to become a Canadian citizen in the 70’s.
Erik was a member of the BCAI Board, Chilliwack Fair Board, Chilliwack Holstein Club and a referee on the Kinsmen Soccer League .
In 1992 Erik received a Lifetime Achievement Award for the Upper Fraser Valley Holstein Association and in 1993 he retired.
He remained in the Chilli–wack area and spent four years traveling back to his home country and in BC with his wife. In those travels he came across the town of Creston, BC. In 1997 Erik and his wife moved to Creston and built their retirement log home. Erik and Hester put many long and hard hours into the building of their home. Erik enjoyed his retirement, having many friends and family stopping in for visits. He liked spending time at Duck Lake with family and friends catching those big month bass.
Erik will be dearly missed by his loving wife Hester; brother, Michael Meyers; children: Yvonne (Claude) Fontaine, Paula (Ceel) Roseboom, and Ron (Francie) Meyers; as well as his 10 grandchildren: Crystal, Mark, Brian, Jean Luc, Marcel, Sammy, Erik, Cassandra, Steven and Danielle.
Our father said he was going to fight for every second and he put up a hell of a fight, never complaining about anything his whole life. When we all listened to Dixieland Jazz our thoughts will always be with him.
A private family service will be be held. Friends wishing to make a memorial contribution may do so to the Canadian Cancer Society, Box 307,
Creston, BC V0B 1G0.