OBITUARY

Albert VanderVeen

July 10, 1958November 20, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Albert VanderVeen announces his sudden passing on Friday, November 20, 2020 at the age of 62.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 41 years, Sharon, and his children Brandon (Jeongeun), Audrey (Brian), and James (Katie). He was the beloved grandfather to Cohen, Layla, Elliette, Lorelai, Raquel, Logan and Claire. He is fondly remembered by his siblings Diana Jongbloed, Henry (Brenda), Allan (Jeannette), Daniel, and Henrietta (Al) Geddes. Albert is predeceased by his parents Engel and Jane, brother Eddie, and brother-in-law Dewey Jongbloed.

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Dave & Cheryl Balzer

December 2, 2020

We got to know Albert & Sharon a number of years ago by regularly sitting in the same "section" at church. Eventually we began visiting over the pew which then turned into volunteering in the church kitchen together and attending the same bible study.

We really appreciated that when Albert arrived (by the way he and Sharon were never late) for kitchen duty he was ready for action, enthusiastic and willing to do any job assigned to him even if he had never done it before. He never missed an opportunity to be a taste tester and provided his studied opinion.

We also appreciated his strong faith and his confidence that God was in charge and all things would work out according to his plans.

Our deepest sympathy to Sharon and family. We pray that God's peace and comfort will be ever present.

We will miss Albert.

Dave & Cheryl Balzer

Gary Cook

November 30, 2020

We are grateful for the time we knew and served with Albert and Sharon at Northview. I would like to echo all the other comments, but also add a little of what I knew of Albert's work.

He was involved as a senior programmer for many years, and developed some of the code for the banking and telecom industry, working in assembler language (super nerdy! Eg: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Assembly_language#/media/File:Motorola_6800_Assembly_Language.png )

Even IBM used some of his code for their mainframes. He was well respected, and later took on roles as an advisor to large organizations setting up their data centers. One of his most recent projects involved leading a team of people to help UBC/SFU and other universities set up their labs online so students could continue their courses this fall. Recently, he decided to learn Python (a more modern computer language) just for fun.

He also loved his work at EcoDairy doing landscaping. He was an allround super talented guy, with great character. We are going to miss him, and our love and prayers go out to Sharon and the family.

Nicolette Barker

November 30, 2020

Albert Vanderveen.......a kind, God fearing man, always willing to share his wisdom and love too so many.

Paul and I, including our children have witnessed this first hand in our life with Albert, Sharon, Brandon, Audrey and James being such wonderful neighbours for so many years on 272B St in Aldergrove.

We will miss seeing Albert at church (Northview), his smile, and his warm welcome serving heart! Albert adored his wife, children and grandchildren......his pride and joy!

Our deepest condolences, thoughts and prayers to you all! May our Heavenly Father grant you comfort and peace during this time <3


Paul Barker

November 30, 2020

Having lived beside the Vanderveen's for years , I have many fond memories of Albert. I remember sharing books, we had the same interest in authors, many candid discussions he shared with me about his time at ISM. He had a genuine concern for ones well being, our conversations often led to life events, raising children and our everyday walk with the Lord. He was such devote family man. After the Vanderveen family moved from our neighbourhood we saw Albert at church serving as an usher, always smiling with a warm greeting! Albert has touch my life deeply, I will miss him! My condolences to Sharon, Brandon, Audrey and James and your families........You too will always be in my memories and prayers.

Arnold & Michelle Braun

November 30, 2020

Albert was a true "Gentleman". He was kind, generous, soft spoken, and had a winning smile. But make no mistake he was firm in his beliefs and his Faith was his number one priority on this earth. We feel privileged to have known Albert, he was a good neighbour, friend, and a true role model for us all.

Laura Vanderveen

November 29, 2020

Family Memory :)

Corrine Funk

November 29, 2020

We were completely shocked and stunned to hear the news of Albert’s sudden passing.

Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy goes out to you Sharon and to your family. Indeed, we sorrow with you.

Ron and I have greatly valued, and truly retain such good memories of the years we spent with Albert and you in
Bible Study. We very much enjoyed our friendship with you both and the myriad of discussions and topics that we engaged in
together as a group. We look back on those times of
community and fellowship with much gratitude.

We trust Sharon, that you will be lifted and sustained by the prayers of all those that love and care for you.

In friendship,
Corrine and Ron

Ed, Kim, Diana, Mark & Laura Vanderveen

November 29, 2020

Our uncle Albert was our dads older brother.
Albert was so calm, which we didn’t know a Vanderveen could be (dad), he was also so kind and caring.
We always remember his place in Aldergrove which the yard was so spick and span. The landscaping was to the tee with everything nicely trimmed and cut.
We also didn’t quite knew what our uncle did for a living. Every time it was ask we heard a lot of bigger words and terms so the smile and nod method worked all the time :) Albert was always known as the very smart uncle!!
The love Albert had for his family was amazing. He also took such good care of his parents and especially at the end of their life he was there at their side through it all!
Albert was so strong in faith showing his love for our God and Saviour. We have so much comfort knowing his is with his Lord!
He will be greatly missed!!

Cynthia Cook

November 28, 2020

This is a poem, often recited by my Dad, which came to mind this week and I would like to share with you.

THE LOOM OF TIME

Man’s life is laid in the loom of time
To a pattern he does not see,
While the weavers work and the shuttles fly
Till the dawn of eternity.

Some shuttles are filled with silver threads
And some with threads of gold,
While often but the darker hues
Are all that they may hold.

But the weaver watches with skillful eye
Each shuttle fly to and fro,
And sees the pattern so deftly wrought
As the loom moves sure and slow.

God surely planned the pattern:
Each thread, the dark and fair,
Is chosen by His master skill
And placed in the web with care.

He only knows its beauty,
And guides the shuttles which hold
The threads so unattractive,
As well as the threads of gold.

Not till each loom is silent,
And the shuttles cease to fly,
Shall God reveal the pattern
And explain the reason why

The dark threads were as needful
In the weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
For the pattern which He planned.

Author Unknown –

Cynthia and Gary Cook

November 28, 2020

We met Albert a number of years ago as we served with him and Sharon in the kitchen at church serving weekly meals with a marvelous team of people, some of whom we were privileged to join in a weekly bible study. This was the beginning of a very wonderful friendship. Albert was a very intelligent man, a deep thinker and well read, and it was always a pleasure to visit with him and hear his thoughts on the latest in technology, or current events, but mostly, we so enjoyed when our conversation would turn to the Word which Albert read and studied daily. We will miss the richness of those times reading and studying the Bible with Albert because what he had to share stemmed from a deep reverence for the Word of God and from his certainty of the faithfulness of God and the absolute sovereignty of God. His words were always chosen carefully and he strove to honour the Lord and bring encouragement, understanding and value in everything he did and said. He was a true example of a man of God and was a dear brother in the Lord. We are so grateful to God for the privilege to know Albert as a friend and for the good times we had together. Sharon and family, we share in your sorrow and will be praying for the peace of God to overshadow you and carry you through these hard times.

FROM THE FAMILY

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