It is with great sadness, yet joy, that we announce the sudden passing of our husband, dad, grandfather & friend, Tony (Teunis) VandenBrink. It is joyous as he went to be with his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ peacefully in his sleep September 7 in McBride, B.C.
Born in Holland his family immigrated to southern Alberta in 1955. He came up to northern B.C. in the late 1960’s eventually settling in Houston. He met the love of his life in Burns Lake and they were married there in March 1968. In October 1970 he started working at Bulkley Valley Forest Industries which is now Canfor for 32 ½ years retiring in May 2003.
Upon his retirement you could see him at A&W with any number of fellow retirees trying as he put it “to solve the world’s problems” or just getting together. If he wasn’t there he was either driving vehicles for Sullivan Motor Products to many different destinations or spending time with family.
In his last 15 years he had some fairly serious medical issues such as diabetes and open heart surgery, but he rarely complained. He was a wonderful family man who will be sorely missed.
Left here on earth to remember him are: his loving wife of 45 years, Mary Ann, his 3 sons; Jonathan(Erica), Mark (Christine) both of Houston and Randy (Sarah) of Decker Lake and their families which include 9 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. Also left are 2 sisters and one brother in Alberta and one brother in Kelowna along with many nieces and nephews. A Celebration of Life was held on Saturday September 14th.
What a blessed community we live in. May God bless each and every one of you.