Cornelis (Kees) Vreugdenhil
On Monday Sept 23, 2019, God called home his beloved child Cornelis (Kees) Vreugdenhil, his 81 year journey ended. His wife Liz was at his side at Cambridge Memorial Hospital, where he had been for two weeks due his rapid decline after living with Parkinson Disease for twenty years.
His passing is grieved by Liz, his wife of 58 years, and their children, Nick and Yumiko, Helen, Andrew and Karen, and Corine and Stephen; grandchildren Nick and Kirsten, Stephanie and Mario, Sarah and Quentin, Eric, Max, Beth, Eden and Avery, and great-grandchildren Dominic, Kacie and Ellie. He will also be missed by his surviving siblings, Jim and Christine, and Lena, and by many nephews, nieces and cousins, members of Liz’s family and friends in Canada, the United States and the Netherlands. Kees was predeceased by his parents, his sister Frances and his brother Nick.
Kees was born in Honselersdyk, The Netherlands, the second of five children of Nicolaas and Cornelia. The family moved to Canada in 1951. In 1956 Kees began to work for Union Gas. In 1961 he married Liz Alkema and they settled in Chatham to raise their family and were part of Grace Christian Reformed Church. His retirement at 60 was closely followed by a diagnosis of Parkinson Disease, which he faced with the same determination as he had other challenges in his life. In 2006 Kees and Liz moved to Cambridge where they settled into life in a new community, joining Maranatha Christian Reformed Church.
Kees was involved in many kingdom causes. Chatham Christian Schools, South Chatham Village, Redeemer University College, the Institute for Christian Studies, the Christian Labour Association of Canada, Citizens for Public Justice, the United Way and more were blessed by his willingness to give of his time and his abilities. His faith was always an example to those who knew him, and an inspiration to his family.
At Kees’ request, cremation has taken place. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made in support of the Vreugdenhil Family Bursary fund at Redeemer University College, www.redeemer.ca/give/
Visitation 6-9 pm Thursday Sept 26, Memorial Service 1:00 pm Friday Sept 27, both at Maranatha Christian Reformed Church, 94 Elgin Street South, Cambridge, ON.
Arrangements entrusted to Corbett Funeral Home Cambridge, ON. 519-740-0669.
Friday, September 27, 2019