A lifetime resident of the Brinston area, Gerald John Westervelt, passed away at home on Wednesday, April 4, 2012, following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 50 years old.
Gerald was born in Winchester on July 24, 1961, to his parents Gerrit and Johanna Westervelt (nee Geurkink). He attended Timothy Christian School in Williamsburg and Seaway District High School. Following high school, he worked for his dad on the family farm.
In 1994, Gerald and his brother John purchased the farm from their father.
On April 4, 1986, he married Pamela Wind and together they had five children: Rebecca, Kimberly, Christopher, Larissa and Jillian.
Gerald was a devoted husband and father. Gerald loved farming. He was a lifetime member of the Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church. He also enjoyed photography.
He was passionate about helping others in need and had the farm participate for many years in the Canadian Foodgrains project.
Gerald was a humble man, with a good sense of humour, always friendly and smiling. He will always be remembered as being a courageous fighter, and an honourable man, who touched many people’s lives.
Gerald is survived by his wife Pamela, his children Rebecca, Kimberly, Christopher, Jillian and Larissa; his father, Gerrit Westervelt of Brinston; his siblings Evelyn (Gerald) Van-Starkenburg of Pembroke, Margaret Westervelt of Brinston, John (Jana) of Brinston, Martin (Trudy) of Brinston and Calvin (Sheila) of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is also survived by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Gerald was predeceased by his mother, Johanna.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Friday, April 6, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m.
Funeral service was held at the Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church on Saturday, April 7, at 11 a.m., with Rev. John Noordhof officiating. Interment followed at Spruce Haven Cemetery, Brinston.
Pallbearers were Bert Smail, Rob Smail, Albert Zandbergen, Ralph Tibben, Allan Freeland and Harry Van’tFoort.
Donations to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank or the Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdensmclaughlin.com.