With sadness, the family of Lambert Hylkema regretfully announce his peaceful passing on Monday, November 16, 2009 at Chilliwack General Hospital.

Lambert was born in Winsum, Friesland, the Netherlands on May 29, 1928. He married Shirley in 1954, and immigrated with her to Canada. They first lived in Souris, Manitoba and two years later, moved west to Langley, BC. In 1962, they made Rypster Farm on Prairie Central Rd. in Chilliwack their home; they have lived on or near the farm these past 47 years.

Lambert was a truly caring, interested and engaged father, brother, uncle and Pake, and a devoted husband to Shirley, his wife of over 55 years. He was profoundly committed to his church; his strong faith was a source of inspiration for us all. He was very active in the dairy-farming community and keenly interested in promoting the agricultural industry.

When not busy on the farm, Lambert and Shirley liked to travel; they explored Canada and the US, often visited the Netherlands and toured many other parts of the world. Lambert also spent quiet hours at home reading and gardening (and not-so-quiet hours playing cards with his grandkids and his friends). He was very aware of the richness of this country and readily shared with others less fortunate. A proud Canadian, he took his responsibilities as a citizen seriously. We are thankful for Lambert’s long life, his wisdom, his integrity, and the love he gave us all.

Lambert is survived by Shirley, their children, Catherina (Robert), Ida (Lorne), John (Sue), Margaret (Henry), Monica (David), Leo (Lucy) and Francis (Jennifer); grandchildren and great-grandchildren, brothers and sisters in the Netherlands, and many nieces and nephews. He was sadly predeceased by two brothers and a sister in childhood, and brothers, Sibbele and Wiebe and great grandson Ryland.

Prayer service was held on Thursday, November 19, 2009 at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 8909 Mary Street, Chilliwack at 7:00 pm.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, November 20, 2009 at St. Mary’s beginning at 10:30 am. Interment will take place in St. Mary’s Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes you to remember someone in need and donate to a charity that touches your heart.

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