February 27, 2021
It is with deep sorrow and broken hearts we announce the sudden passing away of Mr. William Stoutjesdyk on February 27 at Sunset Manor in Chilliwack. Bill is survived by his dear wife Rena of almost 62 years, beloved children, Janna (Dave) Maljaars, Mary (Jim) Maljaars, Jim (Darcey) Stoutjesdyk, Helen (Paul) Verhoef, Wilma (Case) Pronk, Dianne (Fred) Neels, Brian (Tracy) Stoutjesdyk, Peter Stoutjesdyk.
He is also survived by 61 grandchildren and 89 great grandchildren and a brother, Mr. Adrian (Annette) Stoutjesdyk and a sister Mrs. Marie Klop and a sister-in-law Mrs. Corrie Stoutjesdyk and brother-in-law Mr. Bernie (Barend) den Hertog.
He is predeceased by his beloved daughter Joanne Patricia, his parents Marie and Jacobus Stoutjesdyk, his brother-in-law Cor Klop, his brother John Stoutjesdyk, his sister-in-law Jennie den Hertog and 2 infant great grandchildren.
Our dear husband, dad, and opa will always be remembered for his passion for his kids and grandkids and great grandkids, and playing or singing as a family. Dad was always humming or singing along. He had a heart for those with special needs and broken lives.
Many foster children found love on his lap and in his arms. He was known to all as “OPA”. Dad immigrated from the Netherlands in 1953 and when he married mom they started dairy farming together on Gibson Road until he retired. After his retirement he lived in Sardis for 16 years. Dad loved to visit his children and grandchildren and great -grandchildren throughout Canada and America.
Funeral service will be held for immediate family only on March 5, 2021 at 10 am from the Bethel Netherlands Reformed Congregation on 8920 Broadway. Live streaming is available through Sermon Audio or the Church website, followed by a private graveside service. There will be a drive by opportunity for condolences on Thursday evening, March 4 at 5:30 to 7 pm. There will also be an opportunity for viewing at this time. No flowers by request of the family.
We would like to give special thanks to Dr. Paul Graham and Dr. Tammylyn Woijcik for their care for dad. Also, a special thanks to the ambulance attendants, the RCMP and the caregivers Ellen and Jessalyn for their special love and care at dad’s passing. Special thank you to Cathy from Sunset Manor for her guidance and compassion.
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