OBITUARY

Gerardus "Gorgeous George" Jacobus Kuyer

27 January , 192519 June , 2019
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Gerardus (George) Jacobus Kuyer, passed away in the early morning of Wednesday June 19, at Peace Arch Hospital Hospice, at the age of 94, after a valiant struggle with cancer. He is pre-deceased by his wife of 61 years, Gerardina (Dianne) Kuyer and survived by his devoted partner of 7 years, Gladys Landsiedel, his 5 children Jack (Diana), Joyce (Jerry), Marion (Ed), Wayne (Susan) and Donna (Randy), his 15 grand children and 16 great-grandchildren, as well as extended family in Holland. In his last days he was surrounded by his family and loved ones.

George was born January 27, 1925, in Amsterdam Holland, the middle of 3 children. He began an apprenticeship as a baker at the tender age of 13. He met his wife Dianne, and they married in Amsterdam on September 24, 1947. In 1954 they immigrated to Canada. Within a few years of moving to Canada, George opened the first of several bakeries. The Valley Bakery is well known in the Vancouver area and continues to be operated by his son Jack.

George had a huge personality, with a great sense of humour. He loved to laugh, and people were drawn to his zest for life.

He will be missed, but his legacy carries on.

His Celebration of Life Service will be held on Tuesday June 25, at 11:00 am at Victory Memorial Park Funeral Centre, 14831 – 28th Avenue, Surrey, B.C. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Peace Arch Hospice Society, 15435 16A Ave, Surrey, BC V4A 1T2 , The Canadian Cancer Society, 565 W 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 4J4 or The Vancouver Children’s Hospital, 4480 Oak Street, Vancouver .

Services

  • Memorial Service Tuesday, 25 June , 2019
  • Reception Tuesday, 25 June , 2019

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Betty Birkett

27 June 2019

George’s life was filled with love laughter and family. What a beautiful video tribute 💕

Diane Frew

25 June 2019

I feel so grateful to have known George. I will miss our many interesting conversations and that infectious laugh. My deepest sympathies to Gladys and the Kuyer family.

Belinda Harris

22 June 2019

We met George at Mother's Day gatherings with Gladys. He was kind and jovial. I remember saying each time I met him, "I can't believe his age." He was energetic and fun.

George's family and partner Gladys, I know he will be dearly missed but he will forever remain in your hearts.

Condolences,
Belinda and Ian Harris
(sister of Elaine and sister in-law of Trevor)

Elaine & Trevor Landsiedel

21 June 2019

To George’s family. Thank you for sharing your dad, grandpa, and great-grandpa with us.

G is for genuine, gregarious, gentle, goodhearted, gallant, good-humoured, giggly, and a gentleman. George, you found your “G” match in Gladys. We are so grateful to be part of your life. You will be in our hearts forever. Love Elaine, Trevor, Courtenay, Spencer, & Rebecca

FROM THE FAMILY

Gerardus (George) Jacobus Kuyer was born on January 27, 1925 in Amsterdam Holland. He was the middle of 3 children.

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With his father at 20 months.

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Dutch boy on his wheels!

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Mom and Dad met at a dance. It was love at first sight.

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Hanging at the beach with Dianne and her sisters.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Gerardus (George) Jacobus Kuyer was born on January 27, 1925 in Amsterdam Holland. He was the middle of 3 children.

FROM THE FAMILY

With his father at 20 months.

FROM THE FAMILY

Dutch boy on his wheels!

FROM THE FAMILY

Mom and Dad met at a dance. It was love at first sight.

FROM THE FAMILY

Hanging at the beach with Dianne and her sisters.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

Mom and Dad with Oma Kuyer.

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Mom and Dad got married on September 24, 1948.

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Celebrating their marriage with family and friends.

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After they were married, they moved into the apartment above Dianne’s parents place at 25 Meirhuizen Straat.