Words cannot express the sadness and emptiness our family and good friends are feeling at this time as we mourn the loss of a wonderful partner, Dad, Brother, Grandfather and Uncle.
Harry Van De Vosse, 67, lost his courageous battle to cancer on Friday September 18th with his kids Kelly, Dwaine, Tracy, Trudi, long-time girlfriend Nancy, sisters Joanne and Jannette beside him at Cariboo hospital in Williams Lake B.C.
Known by many as “Happy Harry” or “Harry the hook” from his years of laying guard rail along many of our provinces highways always made impressions never forgotten because of his fun sense of humour, beautiful big smile and willingness to lend a hand to anyone.
Born October 23rd, 1947 in Appledorn Holland along with siblings Henry (Carrie), Hans (Marilyn), Joanne, Jannette (Lance), Jeanne (Jim) immigrated to Canada by boat in April 1951 on (The Volendam)ending up at Newbrook Alberta. 1956 the family would arrive by train in Kelowna and in 1966 the family would make their final move to the Trinity Valley near Ashton Creek to operate the family dairy farm.
Harry was married to Bonnie from 1971-1992 raising their 4 children Dwaine, Kelly, Tracy and Trudi and held jobs at Sure crop feeds, Kal Tire and over 15 years at Cast All concrete.
In 1993 Harry moved to Kamloops and would work till retirement for Kemp Concrete, laying guard rail as he so enjoyed doing. While on the road he met Nancy, his long time partner of over 20+ years and both would retire at Sheridan Lake.
Harry will be lovingly missed by Nancy, his 4 children, 8 Grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and so many good friends. Harry was pre deceased by his oldest Brother Henry , Mother Betty and Father Hans Sr.
A celebration of life will be happen October 4th at 1pm at the Silver Creek community hall to share some good stories and memories we all had with such an amazing man taken from us far too soon.
In lieu of flowers a contribution to: “Friends of Sheridan Society” “Fish habitat” c/o Sheridan Park Resort, 7118 Boulanger Rd., Lone Butte, B.C. V0K 1X1.