A resident of the Williamsburg area for the past 44 years, Jack Van Hoof passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, October 19, 2013. He was 85.
Jack was born in Mariahout, The Netherlands on November 28, 1927, to his parents Petrus and Francisca Van Hoof (nee Bekx). As a young man Jack served in the Dutch army in Indonesia, but he didn’t like the military because he was a peaceful man–never a fighter.
Following his mandatory military service, Jack followed his childhood sweetheart Toni Byvelds to Canada, and on June 29, 1957, they were married at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Chesterville. Together they were blessed with six children.
Jack was a very hard working man and with his brothers-in-law, Gerry Byvelds and Tony Byvelds they formed a company named B & H Masonry. Jack’s specialty was working with stone, and he was involved in the construction of many local homes until he retired in 1992.
In addition to being a talented mason, Jack was also very good at woodworking. His family and friends are proud owners of many wooden toys and keepsakes that Jack created.
Jack and Toni liked to travel and took several bus trips across Canada and the United States. He also enjoyed riding his bike and taking long walks.
Jack liked to garden, and he was very proud of his flowers and gardens. He was a member of the Horticultural Society and also served as a member of their executive.
Jack was a good man, a man of great faith and a loyal family man. He was proud of his family and a devoted husband to Toni for 56 years.
Jack leaves a wonderful legacy behind, and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Jack is survived by his wife Toni, his children Francine (Jos) Melenhorst of Winchester, Donald (Laurie) of Boucks Hill, Gary (Julie) of Morrisburg, Brian (Shanna) of Williamsburg, Paul (Donna) of Metcalfe and Lisa (Steve) Cassidy of Addison.
He will be sadly missed by his siblings Martien (Marta), Nella (Janes) Vander Hurk, Theo, Harrie (Maria), Gerard (Jeanne), Andre (Rina) and Katherine Sanders, all of Holland.
Jack will be fondly remembered by 17 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents Petrus and Francisca Van Hoof (nee Bekx), his sister Johanna Rooyakkers, his brother Karel and his granddaughter Michelle.
Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Monday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Morrisburg, on Tuesday, October 22nd at 11 a.m. with Father Chisholm officiating. Interment followed at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Morrisburg.
Honorary pallbearers were Ted Vanderzweep and Clare Racine. Active pallbearers were Pat Byvelds, Pete Byvelds, Robert Byvelds, Raymond Van Moorsel, John Byvelds, Danny Byvelds, Mike Byvelds and Steven Byvelds.
Donations to St. Mary’s Church, the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.