Auks (Al) Vanderschoot


Auks (Al)

Passed away courageously but peacefully on Friday, 18 January 2008 in his 98th year. Predeceased by his beloved wife Antonia (1984) and brother Peter (Myrtle) and sisters Hiltje and Wijke. Father of Jim (Margaret) and Jan (Trygve) Jenssen, Union Bay, BC. Dear Opa of Agnes and Christine Vanderschoot, and Sonya, Kevin and Monica Jenssen. Also survived by sister-in-law Lammie de Boer in the Netherlands. Favourite uncle of Gerald and Elske in the Netherlands.

Born in Rotsterhaule (Friesland), The Netherlands. Al and his family came to Canada in 1949. After the war he received a commendation from the Allied Forces for “service rendered to Allied personnel”. The familyh lived in Eastern Ontario for two years before moving to the Falls where Al worked at Stanford race track until it closed. He then had a fruit farm in St. Davids, and also worked in the construction of the Hydro tunnel. Al also farmed in Milton until 1956, when he returned to the Falls to manage the Mount Carmel Farm for nine great years. From 1985, Al worked as a custodian for the Niagara South School Board which he loved, and retired from in 1975.

Numerous people in Niagara Falls then benefited from Al’s volunteerism in subsequent years – He drove “elderly people” to doctor and hospital appointments, kept score for the blind bowlers, was active at Coronation Centre (his second home), took numerous bus trips as he enjoyed travel, raised funds and donated to many charities. Al’s many friends will best remember him as a stand-up comedian, for he loved to play cards and to tell jokes, especially at his birthday parties. He will also be sadly missed by his best friends Ron Coates and Victor Betts (the boys), with whom he enjoyed dinner every Friday night at Basell’s for the last ten years or so.

Funeral service entrusted to NIAGARA FUNERAL HOME, 5647 Main Street, Niagara Falls, Ontario. Private interment at Pleasentview Cemetery in Fonthill, Ontario.

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