Bert van Donkersgoed

Bert van Donkersgoed

Tuesday, March 21st, 1933 - Saturday, July 4th, 2020
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Bert (Gijsbertus) van Donkersgoed, formerly of Listowel, passed away Saturday morning, July 4, 2020 at his home in Waterloo at the age of 87 years.

He is predeceased by his wife Grace (Geesje van Dijk) and their son Luke. He is survived by his children, Gerald and Laurie of Surrey, BC, Christine and Frank of Sherwood Park, AB and Bernie and Dan of Rochester Hills, MI as well as grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dad came to Canada in 1948 from The Netherlands and settled with his family in Brandon. MB. He soon met mom and they married in 1954. They raised 4 children, moving to Brussels, Ontario in 1972.

Dad worked hard for his family, and the school of life took over when his formal education stopped. He was an avid learner. Many life lessons and problem solving occurred with his friends at McDonalds in Listowel. Mom would have been so proud of the way dad made a conscience and intentional decision to be happy and gracious and positive after her passing 5 years ago.

The sparkle in his eye was always there, as was the willingness to sit down and have a visit. In recent months he suffered from the parallel disease of Covid – Confinement Disease. His iPad and phone kept him in touch with the world, but couldn’t replace the human contact he enjoyed so much. Special thanks to his niece and her husband – Betty and Peter Neufeld – for all the love and care they showered on dad and mom.

Visitation will be held at the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel on Tuesday from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, visitors must schedule a time by clicking on the RSVP button under "Visitation Details". No one will be permitted at the visitation without a scheduled time.

A funeral service will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, Listowel on Wednesday, July 8th at 11:00 a.m. Rev. Don McCallum officiating. Interment in Cranbrook Cemetery.

Click here to view service.

Memorial donations to the Listowel Memorial Hospital Foundation or the Terry Fox Foundation if so desired would be appreciated, and may be made through the Eaton Funeral Home, Listowel.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Tuesday, July 7th, 2020 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Eaton Funeral Home
    385 Main St. W.
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Due to COVID-19 restrictions, visitors must schedule a time by clicking on the RSVP button. No one will be permitted at the visitation without a scheduled time. The Bereavement Authority of Ontario has mandated that everyone attending must wear a mask.
  • Service

    Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, July 8th, 2020 11:00am
    Knox Presbyterian Church
    220 Livingstone Ave. N.
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    Click here to view service.
    Rev. Don McCallum
  • Interment

    Cranbrook Cemetery
    84343 McNabb Line
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Alice Turner

Posted at 10:56am
i just watched your dads funeral service i wish to each of you sincerest and loving condolences for the loss of your dad.
Alice (teBokkel) Turner

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Josie Tinholt

Posted at 08:18pm
Dear families of my dear friend Bert,
I first got to know Grace and Bert after meeting them at Knox Listowel. We spent many occasions of coffee and laughs. After I moved to Waterloo, I did not see them as often. After Grace passed away I, lost contact somewhat. But when I discovered that Bert had moved to Westhills, I looked him up and we became good friends. I went to visit him once a month, and always went to lunch with him, usually in St.Jacobs. I learned to drive his car and that’s what we used. Lunch was always on him. We got along so well. Had many deep discussions, learned all about his family. He always said I should move in with him at Westhills. Of course, we had many good laughs about that. For some reason, we could talk about anything and everything, which we did. He was quite a flatterer. And he loved to make me laugh. Last time I saw Bert was at the hospital, the first trip for him. He had called me to ask me f I would go to his apartment to get some things he needed, which I gladly did. When I delivered it, he was sittlng on the window ledge, in his underwear. After a good laugh about that, I left and wished him well. Due to covid threat I couldn’t even hug him goodbye. Those were very difficult days for Bert, but he tried very hard to make the best of it. From then on, we only had long conversations on the phone. And he’d least I made you laugh. And that he did many times. I missed seeing him due to isolation restrictions, and will never forget my friend Bert. He was a good man,who was very proud of his children and grandchildren.
Please accept my deepest and warm condolences as you too will miss him much more than I will. I will always treasure his friendship

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