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George Grypma

February 1, 1926 - August 9, 2012


n Loving Memory of Sjoerd (George) Pieter Grypma (February 2, 1926-August 9, 2012)

George Grypma was born in Winseradeel, Holland, 1 of 6 children, and grew up in several cities. He lost his mother at the young age of 6. Dad grew up in a religious family that had a strong faith in God. He continued to be a Christian and practiced his faith in God all his life. As a young man he served his country after World War II for 4 years in Indonesia.
After returning to Holland he met and fell in love with his wife of 56 years, Anna Adriana Maria Groot. After having two children, a daughter Marianna and a son Case, the young family moved to Canada and settled in Calgary; soon afterwards, a son Simon was born followed by George Jr., a daughter Wilma, and finally David to make the family complete. After the birth of David the family again picked up their roots and moved to Nelson, BC where they bought a farm in Taghum. Here George began his true love of growing plants, shrubs and trees for others to enjoy.
He soon established a growing family business and called it Georama, meaning a beautiful vision of the earth. The dream George had was growing quickly and all his children grew up in the business of growing plants with Dad and Mom. Dad had an incredible set of technical skills from pipe fitting to welding to wood working to electrical and mechanical abilities that he passed on to his 6 children. After working in the business for 20 years Dad stepped aside to retire in 1990 and sons Case and George took over the reins and carried on Dad’s tradition of growing and setting up the garden center along with Case’s wife, Imelda.
During the early years of Dad’s retirement he enjoyed many holiday adventures with mom traveling to Holland, New Zealand, England, the United States, and Spain. Some of these trips were shared with his older brother Simon and his wife Helen. Along with the overseas trips Dad and Mom spent many wonderful camping trips with their 13 grandchildren sitting around the campfire telling stories and fishing with the kids. Dad also found a second love of his life which was wood working. He soon mastered the craft of wood turning and made many a beautiful candle stick holder and wood bowls, while mom knitted sweaters for the grand kids.
In his later years, at age 76 Dad was starting to notice his memory was slipping and he did mention to us he did need to make notes as he was forgetting more and more. This condition caused a great deal of stress and depression for the first few years as his condition seemed to worsen. Gradually Dad began to accept the fact that he was facing some form of Alzheimer’s and he did his best to move forward with grace and dignity. He always was able to keep a sense of humor, and shrug off his depression with support for mom and his kids.
He continued to work in his shop and his notes kept him on track. Eventually he lost his freedom when he had to give up his driver’s license. During this difficult time he stood fast in his faith in God and accepted the fact he needed to have a higher level of care and was moved to Mountain Lake Seniors where he became a welcome member to his new home and family. Mom and all his kids also accepted dad’s fate and we all enjoyed the special events, such as birthdays, celebrated at his new home.
Two years after moving into his new home his loving wife passed away. Again Dad accepted the circumstance and continued to be a wonderful person. He was always glad to see his children and grandchildren visiting. In his final year Dad’s memory faded quickly and he became weaker until on August 9, 2012, Dad said goodbye to us and left for his new home in Heaven where his loving wife and family members welcomed him to the house of God.
Dad was a generous and loving husband and father. He put his family before himself and gave himself freely to help all of us succeed in life. He taught us many lessons and we will never forget the man that had steel blue eyes, big hands, and an even bigger heart to go around for all of us.
Dad was active in our community, his generosity helped many people succeed. In business he was ready to accept and train many a young person that needed a break, and even though some years were financially challenged, he kept his staff working and receiving a paycheck. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and an active member of the Cathedral of Mary Immaculate where he practiced his faith. He was always ready to donate the flowers that dressed up the church for all occasions. He was always ready to answer questions form the public about plants and trees, even when they were bought somewhere else. Most of all, Dad always had the time to patiently watch over his family as we needed his guidance, his help, and his training.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff

Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: S. & H. Davidson
Relation: Gardener

My garden will continue to thrive as your memory lives in the heart of your family.

From: Molly Hufty's Family
Relation: Friend

Cottage D won’t be the same.
We send our heartfelt sympathy to all of Georges’s family.
Molly Hufty’s Family

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
August 17, 2012
Beginning at 10:00am

Cathedral of Mary Immaculate
813 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada

813 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada


Date & Time:
August 16, 2012
Beginning at 7:00pm

Cathedral of Mary Immaculate
813 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada

813 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:

Alzheimer Society of BC                                                         West Kootenays                                                                        809 Davies Street                                                                   Nelson, bc                                                                                V1L 3T6                                                                                    250-352-9552

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2870 Georama Rd, Nelson, BC V1L 6Y7
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