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Frans "Frank" Viveen

May 15, 1931November 15, 2020

With great sadness, his family announces that Frank passed away peacefully, at Freeport Hospital, on Sunday, November 15, 2020 in his 90th year.

Beloved husband and best friend of Nel for more than 70 years. Loving father of Gerda (Al) Smith, Annet (Gerry Smith) Viveen, John Viveen, and Peter (Vera) Viveen. Proud and loving Opa to Coree (King Laurin) Smith, Matthew Viveen, Steven Viveen, and Brielle Viveen. He will also be lovingly remembered by his extended family and friends in Canada and Holland.

Frank served in the Dutch Army as a driver from 1951-1953. The family emigrated to Canada in 1960, first to Strathroy and then to Cambridge. He was very proud of his Tool and Die trade, working for various companies in the area and retiring in 1990 from Bundy Manufacturing Canada.

Frank and Nel both enjoyed travelling, they went all over the United States, Canada, and Europe and took various cruises. Hockey and soccer were both games that he enjoyed watching and playing in his younger years. He was very proud of the 'house on the hill' that he built but the most important thing that he loved and was proud of was his family.

In accordance with his wishes, cremation has taken place.

As expressions of sympathy, donations in Frank's memory to Cambridge Memorial Hospital would be appreciated by his family.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


Frans "Frank" Viveen

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Hank Den Hartog

November 22, 2020

My Uncle Frank. Although by the true meaning of "uncle" you were a kid you were my uncle ., and later in my adult years even.. you were still my uncle... you were and always will be my uncle Frank.
I loved our chats at my parents.. usually about hockey and how great my hawks were doing that particular year (ok maybe that was a stretch).
You will be missed Uncle Frank. RIP.

Tim Koerber

November 19, 2020

Dear Nell, Gerda, Annett, John, Pete and Families,

Our deepest sympathies at your time of loss. We all have fond memories of Frank. He would come to "visit" me at the store every once and a while and I loved to talk to him.
I remember when he built the "house on the hill" and I remember the cows, Annette's horse, "Jennie" the bike rides, so many fond memories. Thank you Frank and family for the fond memories.
Tim, Vel, Sandy, Corey and families.

Henry Weinhardt

November 19, 2020

Dear Viveen Family,

I am very sorry for your loss. Growing up on Royal Oak Road i had many great times with your family and your Dad. Peter and I did a lot together and I was always very welcomed by your Mom and Dad. They even took me on a camping trip with the family when I was about 12 years old.
Later on it was through Frank's career with Bundy, my brother Dan and I learned about them closing in Cambridge and he was instrumental in connecting us (our fledgling business, CMP) with the Bundy Corporation. Now for 32 year we have had a great business, building the same machines Frank made in his career.

My condolences and thoughts are with you,
Henry & Joanna Weinhardt and Family

Dan and Lydia Weinhardt

November 19, 2020

Dear John, Pete, Nell and Family,
We were very sorry to hear about the passing of Frank. We have many great memories growing up next to you all, many visits, and Frank always having a welcoming smile. Frank and I always had a great connection with our work as machinists and machine builders. Frank was very instrumental in Henry and I, as new business owners over 30 years ago, getting involved in tube bending when Bundy in Cambridge closed, which is still a major part of of our business today. Those connections would not have happened without Frank. To which we are grateful. You are all in our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss. Kind Regards, Dan and Lydia Weinhardt

Alice and Pete Denhartog

November 18, 2020

To add a memory about Frank is not easy, because there are so many. It actually started in Strathroy, when there was no work there-Frank and I(Pete) decided to go to Kitchener for work. At the unemployment office they said ok, but first you have to help the post office at X-Mas time. we pretty near froze-we where not dressed for it. Eventually we got a job. Alice and I could almost write a book, we spend a lot of time together and always had fun shooting the bull. We will miss him very much!
Rest in peace FRANK

Theresa and Rick Lynk

November 18, 2020

Rick and I always enjoyed seeing Frank and Nell at the Den Hartog's home
There was always good conversation and lots of laughs
Condolences to the family

Sharon Corbiere Mc Intyre

November 17, 2020

Always loved Frank’s Story Telling🥰
He was an Amszing Man💝

Matthew Viveen

November 17, 2020

Opa was there for most of my childhood, I have many warm memories from when he took us for walks down to the riverside so me and Steven could play (or pester each-other) near the water. He always had something interesting to say about life, and as an adult I enjoyed listening to the stories he told from his past. Most were from when he grew up during the war, and when he came to Canada. His stories helped me appreciate what we have now. Opa lived a full life, and I am happy to have grown up with him there for us, I will miss him dearly.


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