Teunis VanLaar passed away peacefully at his home near Yarrow to be with his Saviour on January 5, 2012, aged 93.
He was born on a small farm near Schoonrewoerd, Holland in May of 1918. At age fifteen he began to work as an apprentice stonemason in the city of Utrecht. In 1946 he married his local sweetheart, Florida DeLeeuw, after courting her through the tense war years. With two young sons they immigrated to Canada in 1950, a land of freedom and opportunity. After working on various farms in Alberta they moved to the Fraser Valley and eventually bought their own dairy farm in Sumas Prairie, a dream come true. There he farmed with his sons until he retired. We are thankful for the love and dedication he showed to his family, leading us in service to God. He leaves behind his wife of sixty five years of marriage, Florida, his children: Jake (Liz), John (Rita), Wilf (Yvonne), Arnold (Marian), and Nell (Dick), 28 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 January 10th in the Canadian Reformed Church in Yarrow.
“Everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life.” John 6:40