Henderson's Funeral Homes & Crematorium

45901 Victoria Ave, Chilliwack, BC


Johannes Bernadus HARMSEN

May 4, 1928March 20, 2020

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of John B Harmsen on March 20, 2020 in Chilliwack, BC. He was born on May 4, 1928 in Etten, Holland. John was a beloved son, husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother and friend. John is survived by his children, John (Gwen), Doreen (Harold), Mary (Ernie), Tony (Kathy), Ron (Donna), Mike (Gina), Ann (Gerald); 21 grandchildren; 43 great grandchildren; and 6 siblings in Holland. He is predeceased by his wife Cathy in 2017 and his son Gordon in 2015.

Dad was a long time dairy farmer and in his retirement years, enjoyed travelling with mom and golfing with friends and family. He always looked forward to the annual Harmsen Father Son Golf tournament with his sons, grandsons and great grandsons. He rarely skipped a morning walk and loved working in his garden. He had an amazing way of making people smile with his quick wit and charm, and showing kindness wherever he went.

Dad showed us what family means and how to show nothing but love to the ones around you.

"Only God can make a dad with such a loving heart, Who cares about his kids enough to guide them from the start - Believing in them always, and so proud of what they do - Thank heaven there are dads as wonderful as you!"

The family would like to thank the staff and Dad's good friends at the Lynnwood Retirement Home for making Dad's time there so enjoyable. And thank you to the nurses and care staff at Cascade Lodge for taking such good care of dad these last few months.

A private service will be held on Wednesday, March 25, 2020. Please join us in spirit as we celebrate our Dad's life.


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Johannes Bernadus HARMSEN

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Maureen Willis

March 26, 2020

My heart breaks for your family, may you take comfort in the fact that his life was well lived, full of love, and he is now reunited with your mom and brother and many other relatives and friends. When I think of your dad I always picture him with a big smile on his face! He will be missed by all that had the pleasure of knowing him. Love and peace to you all xo