Following a courageous battle with cancer, Al Koopmans was called home to be with his Lord and Saviour on June 28, 2016. Albert was born to Tjitte Koopmans and Pietje Bakker on October 20, 1932 in de Hommerts, in the province of Friesland (The Netherlands) as the second-youngest of eight children. Following the turbulent times of WWII he accompanied other family members in an immigration to Canada where the following years were spent as a farm laborer and working in the lumber industry. On July 6, 1956 he was married to Evelyn Jaarsma, his partner for nearly 60 years. Together they established a dairy farm near Tyee Lake, which became home to six children. Albert is remembered as a creative and hardworking man who loved his growing family, devoted much time to volunteering with Faith Reformed Church, and enjoyed the friendships of many through the senior’s club where he thoroughly enjoyed playing horseshoes and carpet bowling.
Al Koopmans is survived by his devoted wife Evelyn and their children, Alan and Dorothy Koopmans, William and Louise Koopmans, Dorothy and Stan Kuperis, George and Emily Koopmans, Don Koopmans, Kevin and Jen Koopmans. He was a loving Grandad and Great Grandad of Travis and Laura Koopmans (Teagan, Anna, Ian), Kara and James Bisschop (Elias, Kylie, Emma), Arlyn and Maria Koopmans (Kate), Rhonda and Greg Dyxhoorn; Tina and Mike Hutchinson (Aliya), Karissa and Albert Postma (Lydia, Jayda, Micah, Joella), Amy Koopmans, Rachel and Robert Minto, Janelle Koopmans, Julie and David Klomps; Karlene Kuperis [deceased], Kameron Kuperis, Janessa Kuperis, Jayden Kuperis, Riley Kuperis; Jessica Koopmans, Courtney Koopmans, Mackenzie Koopmans, Sydney Koopmans; Tyson Koopmans, Olivia Koopmans, Jayda Koopmans. Al was predeceased by one brother (George) and is survived by sisters Afke, Agnes and Jenny as well as brothers John, Lambert and Ike.
A Memorial Service is planned to be held in the Faith Reformed Church in Telkwa, on July 5, 2016 at 2:00 PM, Rev. Dr. William T. Koopmans and Rev. S. George Koopmans officiating. Psalm 18:16 “He sent from on high, he took me; he drew me out of many waters.”
The family expresses sincerest appreciation for the kind support of our many relatives, the Faith Reformed Church members, Dr. Scholtz, and representatives of Homecare and Hospice. Those wishing to make memorial donations in Albert’s name may do so to the Bulkley Valley Hospice Society, Box 8, Smithers, BC V0J 2N0.