Aged 60 years, passed away at home on May 27, 2015 in Victoria, BC. John was predeceased by his mother Johanna and brother Henry. He is survived, and greatly missed by his loving wife of 33 years. Christine (nee Bergob) Koopmans, and daughter Amanda Koopmans, both of Victoria, BC. He is also grieved by his father Jelte, sister Jeanette, Brenarda (Gary), neices Tammy (Steve), Diana (Cary), Bonnie (Rob), brother Gerald (Lillian), nephew Ben, and long time 35+ year friend and confidente Michael Bergob all of the Comox Valley.
John greeted every day with a smile, and life smiled back at him. He is best remembered for his loving kindness in bringing in to his heart and home, his other ‘daughters’ Katrina, Kate, Linds, and Amanda who were also with him in his final days. John’s passion beyond family, friends and pets, was driving – he was licensed and drove a multitude of vehicles, long-distances and short hops, hauling people and goods until his own final journey began. He enjoyed fishing, a good book and a cup of coffee with it, often accompanied by a furry friend or two and music.
There will be a Celebration of John’s Life at 4663 Valecourt Crescent, Courtenay, BC on 11th July, 2015 starting at 4pm. Dress is ‘come as you are’ casual and refreshments will be served. No flowers, please – he loved animals, and in lieu of flowers, would smile upon a gift to any animal rescue organization close to your heart.