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Van John Geeraert

February 14, 1955 - April 6, 2011


Van was a very special, dynamic man; his time has touched many people around the world with his pure sense of strength and honor, he never backed away from a problem always facing them head on and always seeing them through to the end.
Yes he was little rough around the edges, but true and sincere in all the deeds he did. As a friend you could always count on him stand by you through thick or thin

His free spirit carried him around the world he worked in Mouse Port Louisiana as a commercial diver, in Papua New Guinea building homes for CUSO, as a wrangler in Australia, a carpenter in Port of Spain, Trinidad and way too many projects to count throughout British Columbia.

His love was building specialty homes. Van didn’t like building (as he would always say) “square box houses, they’ve got to have some damn character”

He was born in Calgary Alberta and raised along the rivers and valleys around Terrace,
Climbing mountains, canoeing the wild rivers, and always exploring around the next corner.

He will be sorrowfully missed by his wife Dianne, children Jesse, August, Karter, Lenora, Theron, Tricia, Russell, Shannon, mother Lenora, father August , brother Graham (Charlotte), sisters Carol (Keith), Ora, Shireen (Roy), Cindy (Trevor), nieces, nephews, two great nieces, one great nephew, and all his friends from around the world. Van was predeceased by his brother Ross and his sister Claire.

“Up here the north wind blows and warmed his soul
The jagged cliffs and the rising streams
Stirred his heart and filled him with wandering dreams”

We must remember that
“All those that wander are not lost”

A Celebration of Van’s Life will be held on Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 2:00 PM
From the Chapel of Thompson Funeral Service Ltd. 613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC.

Van was always about the children, he loved them all dearly, because of this his family are asking that in lieu of flowers a donation to the “the Friends of Soma Society” to help the children displaced by the recent tsunami and earthquake in Japan. Soma is a small town on the north east coast of Japan much like Terrace.
Donations can be sent c/o Katherine Geeraert Transit #05440, Account #5035035 at the Royal Bank in Terrace, BC.


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From: Thompson Funeral Service Staff

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

From: Julie Berg-Duffy
Relation: cousin

Shireen, Roy and the entire Geeraert family.. please acccept my deepest sympathies. Your loss is felt even by those of us who did not know Van. Your family is a close and loving family and that will surely see you all through this sad time. You are all in my thoughts.

From: Ken and Karen Baker
Relation: Cousin

You have all been in our thoughts over this past week. We have many fond memories of Van John, he was such a unique person and his love and kindness will live on through his wonderful children.
Our love and condolences to all of you,
Ken & Karen.

From: Wayne Sheridan
Relation: Knew him when we were kids

I haven’t seen Van for a long, long time, but I always remember him being such a nice kid. So sorry to hear about this.

From: Tracey (Zant) Kutny
Relation: Uncle

I will not shed a tear for you; your are in a better place. I know you will watch over us, in the presence of God’s grace. These tears I shed, I shed for us, for our grief is very knew. Now we must live our lives without the gift of you.

From: Stephanie Waymen
Relation: Old Friend

My deepest condolences to Van John’s family, Dianne, Augie, Lenora, Graham, Carol, Oralynne, Shireen, Cindy and all their families.
Vanjohn was a world warrior, he will be greatly missed.

From: Ted and Helen McBride
Relation: Friends of Roy and Shireen

Sorry to hear of your brothers passing.Our thoughts are with you.

Ted & Helen McBride

From: Dawn and Dan Clark
Relation: friend

Our hearts are with you and the family, and are deeply saddened by the passing of Van John. We will always appreciate and remember his “down to earthiness”, adventurous soul, along with his wonderfully quirky sense of humour. Take good care of yourselves. Love always Dawn and Dan

From: Rachel Nissenbaum
Relation: friend

I was so shocked and saddened to hear of Van’s passing. I met Van in 2006 and did some bookkeeping work for him. Although I knew him a very short time, I always felt like he was an old friend. Diane, I met once at the Hume is so sweet. I was so happy that you had found each other. I was not able to make todays service, so I am sending my sincere condolences to all the family. Van was such a good man.

From: Lynn Schaefer
Relation: cousin

Van John’s passing was a real shock to me. I am so sorry that you lost this great person, son, father & brother. It’s really loosing part of yourself as well, very painful. Thank God that we are all Catholic Christians, and as such will all be re-united soon. Van is in my prayers every day, as are all of you. Much love from me and my bunch.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
April 17, 2011
Beginning at 2:00pm

Thompson Funeral Service
613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T2

613 Ward Street
Nelson, BC Canada V1L 1T2

Memorial Gifts

Donations can be sent to “The Friends of Soma”  c/o Katherine Geeraert Transit #05440, Account #5035035 at the Royal Bank in Terrace, BC. 

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