Neels, Joost

With sorrow we announce the passing away out of this life of Joost Neels, beloved husband, Dad and Opa, on February 6, 2015, at the age of 87 years. He is survived by his wife Maria, of 65 years; his children John Neels, Mattie (Ben) Bisschop, Martin (Pauline) Neels, Wim (Wilma) Neels, Pete (Wilma) Neels, Lena (Chris) Adams, Joe (Tami) Neels, Mike (Freda) Neels, Jim Neels, Dave Neels and their families; brothers Ko (Johanna) Neels and Chris (Marie) Neels and sisters Maria Defouw, Willy (Ed) Guliker and Ina (John) Lagemaat. Dad was predeceased by one grandson, Kenny Lindhout (1995), one granddaughter Ashley Neels (2008), his sister Leuna and his brothers Jan, Wim, Frans, John and Gerard. Dad was born on December 10, 1927 in Hoek, the Netherlands. In 1953 he and Mom immigrated to Canada. Dad held a number of jobs, mostly in farming and construction, but his first love was the service of the Lord. He served for many years in the Port Alberni and the Chilliwack NRC Churches. Dad worked hard for as long as he was able. He enjoyed gardening and he loved birds, including raising canaries and watching hummingbirds. Most of us also benefited from his woodworking – bookcases, windmills and flower boxes. Our Dad was a humble man who loved and was loved by all of us. We will miss him. Viewing and condolences will be held on Wednesday, February 11, 2015 from 7 – 8:30 pm at Bethel NRC Activity Rm. The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, February 12, at 10:00 am at Bethel NRC Church, 8920 Broadway St, Chilliwack; Rev. P. van Ruitenburg officiating.

Flowers graciously declined, if so desired, a donation may be made to the Sunset Manor Care Home. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the staff of Sunset Manor Care Home for their loving care, to Dr. Cambridge and to the staff on the 3rd floor for their compassion and care shown to Dad after his strokes. Online condolences may be offered at

Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home, 604-793-4555

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