Johannes (John) Cornelis VAN BAARSEN

VAN BAARSEN, Johannes (John) Cornelis

Jan 22, 1928 – Aug 2, 2014

After bravely trying to cope with the loss of his wife, Ali, it is with great love we announce the peaceful passing of John at the age of 86. Born in the Netherlands, John was one of 11 brothers and sisters. John married Ali in 1957 and in 1964, John, Ali and their two young sons Peter and Albert immigrated to Canada. They lived in Smithers, BC where their daughter Mari was born. In 1970 they moved to Ladner, BC.

John had a great strength of conviction and resilience; was a captivating story teller and had a clever sense of humour. He was a loving husband, father and Opa who will be greatly missed. John is survived by his children, Peter, Albert and Mari and his grandchildren, Amanda, Adam, Andrew, Katie, Sarah, and Mackenzie & Lachlan (in New Zealand) A Celebration of John’s life will be held on Friday Aug 15th at 2pm at Valley View Funeral Home Chapel, 14660 – 72nd Ave, Surrey. Donations will be gratefully acknowledged in support of your local hospice or The Irene Thomas Hospice in Ladner.