March 31, 1928 – December 4, 2019
Willem (Bill) was born on March 31, 1928 in Brekswal Oudega (w), Friesland, Netherlands.
He passed away peacefully In Eden Care Centre, Chilliwack, BC, on December 4, 2019 at the age of 91.
Bill was predeceased by his wife of 56 years Susan, September 14, 2018 and his son Marcel, April 30, 2010.
Bill is survived by daughters Rosemary (Scott) McColl of Coquitlam, BC, Elaine Hoekstra of Chilliwack, BC and son Neil (Lesley) Hoekstra of Surrey, BC, and grandchildren Tyler, Caitlin, Nicholas and Megan.
Bill immigrated to Canada and later returned to the Netherlands to marry his sports pen pal Susan. Together they moved back to Canada and settled in the Vernon/Lumby area of BC and after 2 years of working on a farm they moved to Kitimat where Bill worked at Alcan until his retirement. Settling in Chilliwack, BC, he took an active role in the Rainbow Estates where they lived as well as the Rainbow Sam’s RV Club.
Willem (Bill) Hoekstra’s Celebration of Life planned for March 28, 2020 will be postponed until further notice due to current events.
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