George was born in the Netherlands, in Hilversum, Holland, on February 4, 1934. He moved to Canada with his family in 1949, at the age of 15.
They settled first in Inglewood, Ontario, and then on to a dairy farm in Alberton. Here George worked alongside his dad from 6 am to 8:30 pm for five years, giving his entire income to help provide for the family.
Because they both had the same name, the farmer said to avoid confusion he would call him Jack. It stuck and to this day his family all call him Jack.
At age 21, George’s birthday gift was that he could now keep his own paychecks.
At age 23, George met and married his wife, Kathaleen. Together they had seven children, and many grandchildren. George enjoyed very much his relationship with his grandson Darian Loohuizen. They did many fun things together: hiking, biking, playing games – a joy to Grandpa’s heart.
George, along with his wife and family, attended Calvary Church from 1972, when they first moved to Kenora. They enjoyed teaching Sunday School, and George was SS Superintendent, as well as serving on the Board at times, and hosting home prayer meetings, care groups and life groups.
George enjoyed many times with his son David, hunting building David’s fireplace in his home. They had many good times on David’s property, keeping company while he worked.
Early in their marriage, George got his mechanic licence, working in garages in Peterborough and Campbellford, working his way up to service manager.
In 1972, George moved with his family to Kenora, where he took on the position of service manager of Kantola Motors, where he stayed for a few years, eventually moving on to Trio Motors, and on to Derouard Motors, where George wound up his working career due to back surgeries.
George loved reading, gardening, family times, music. He played guitar, accordion, harmonica. Over the years he wrote many poems and songs.
After retirement, he enjoyed woodworking and making many wonderful gifts for family and friends. He also started a collection of Hot Wheels and other toy cars, which gave him many hours of pleasure.
George and Kathaleen were married 62 years, until her passing in February 2020. George dearly missed his beloved wife and joined her on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9, 2021.
This obituary as well as Kathaleen’s in 2020, were lovingly prepared by her, prior to her passing.
In accordance with George's wishes and COVID restrictions, there will be a private family gathering to celebrate and remember his life. In lieu of flowers or donations, friends are encouraged to plant a tree, or sow some seeds, to remember our dad and grandfather.
George’s favourite scripture was St John 14:14.
Excerpt from George’s favourite poem, Author Unknown
The Potter and the Clay, Harden Not Your Heart:
There is a time by us unknown
A place I know not where
That marks the destiny of man
From Glory to despair.
There is a line by us unseen
Which crosses every path.
The hidden boundary between
God’s patience and his wrath…
While it is called today, repent, and harden not your heart.