Sadly our family announces the sudden and unexpected passing of our Father, Opa, Brother, and Friend, John Vanderstarren on October 20, 2008. He is survived by his 5 children; Alex (Frances), Rob (Mary), Andy (Gaby), Wendy (Terry), and John (Cheryl); grandchildren, great grandchildren; and two brothers, Andy (Mary) and Martin. He was predeceased by his wife of 53 years, Martina (2008).

John was born July 29, 1931 in The Netherlands. He came to Canada in 1956 with his new bride and young son Alex and they settled in Ontario where John started his lifelong vocation of landscape care and maintenance. The family moved to BC in 1974 and eventually settled in Abbotsford in 1979. Dad will be remembered for his passion for flowers, enduring work ethic, and his dedication to providing for his family. We loved him dearly and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Thank you to the nurses and doctors in the ICU at Abbotsford Regional Hospital for their wonderful care and attention to our father.

A Celebration of Dad’s life will be held on Friday, October 24 at 1:30 pm at the Chapel of Woodlawn Funeral Home, 2310 Clearbrook Rd, Abbotsford. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be greatly appreciated.

“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path”

Psalm 119:105



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