It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Johannes Cornelis (John) De Dood in Salmon Arm, BC, on Friday, February 27, 2015, at the age of 71. Johan was surrounded by his loving family to his last breath.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Seniors’ 5th Avenue Activity Centre on Wednesday, March 4, at 1:00 p.m. Tributes and memories will be shared by family and friends. A reception will follow allowing for a “toast” to Johan and sharing of stories.
Johan’s close friends were chosen to be Honourary Pall-bearers: Cam Henton, Dave Brien, Ole Cummings, Ralph Ellison and Ken Trabant.
Johan was born in Holland on May 2, 1943. Johan immigrated to Canada, and made a home in Salmon Arm in 1953 with his parents, brothers and sisters. After leaving high school, Johan embarked on a variety of work in several locations in the province. He returned to Salmon Arm to begin his long career in the lumber industry, and started up Lakeside Timber in 1979. Johan began to diversify his business interests to include real estate ventures, developments and multiple business holdings. While his work kept him a busy man, Johan always had time for his family and friends.
Johan had a number of interests and hobbies that filled many days. He enjoyed raising birds, finding any excuse to use his John Deere tractor (not always good ones) and having a nice cold beer on a sunny day. Johan and Judy spent many afternoons together in Vernon. You could find Johan watching Hockey Night in Canada every Saturday without fail. But more than all these things, he loved spending time with his wonderful grandkids.
Johan was predeceased by his parents, Johannes and Catrina, his brother Cor De Dood, his sisters Ann Reid and Sylvia De Dood, and his twin sister Willie Bustin.
Johan is survived by Judy, his loving wife of 40 years and his children, Tanya (Tom) Jorgensen, Loretta De Dood (Rick Waldman), both of Salmon Arm, Christina (Todd) Butchart of Edmonton, James De Dood of Salmon Arm, Cory (Crystal) De Dood of Williams Lake. Papa will be dearly missed by his grandchildren, Mikaela, Austin, Aiden, Celina, Ethan, J.C., Eli, Grayson, and Miles. He also leaves behind his brothers and sisters, John (Jeanette) De Dood, Jane Kerssens, Riek van Lieshout, Ria Kerssens, Tina Horsthuis, Johanna Coates, Nellie (John) Rasmussen, Peter De Dood and numerous nieces and nephews.
On line condolences may be sent to Johan’s obituary at www.bowersfuneralservice.com
Funeral arrangements are in the care of Bowers Funeral Home and Crematorium, Salmon Arm.