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Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre

1001 Ottawa Street South, Kitchener, ON

OBITUARY

Andrew Anthony Van Loon

June 21, 1932July 28, 2019

Van Loon, Andrew, jack of all trades and master of many, passed away peacefully on July 28, 2019, at the age of 87.

He will be greatly missed by his three daughters and their families, Wendy Shaw, her husband Darcy and children Andy, Casey and Megan, Karen Van Loon, her husband Marcian and children Mikaela and Matthew, and Janet van den Brink, her husband Brian and children Vanessa, Brent and Owen. Andy was predeceased by his loving wife, Mary, a son, Wayne, in infancy, and several brothers and a sister. He was born in Hooge Zwaluwe, The Netherlands, and immigrated to Canada in 1947, with his parents and eight brothers and sisters. Andy was a hard worker, starting out life in Canada as a hired hand on a farm in eastern Ontario. In time, he moved to Chatham, Ontario, where the quiet Andy was introduced to a vivacious redhead named Mary, and they married in 1959. They worked on farms in the Chatham area, until they bought their own farm in Wardsville, Ontario in 1966. In 1978 the family moved “into town,” where Andy set up a workshop and took up the hobby of carving birds. These carvings will provide many family members and friends with memories of him for years to come. In 1999, he moved with Mary to Kitchener, to be closer to his daughters and their families. Andy enjoyed 10 years in Kitchener with Mary, and although her death left a large void, he adapted again to the single life, and enjoyed looking after his house, going for walks, and of course, carving birds. He was known in the neighbourhood for keeping an eye on things from his front porch, and he loved to be outside enjoying the fresh air. He also loved his grandchildren and visits from them were always a happy time. In May, Andy moved to the Village of Winston Park, and although he was only there for a short time, he lived those days to the fullest. He said that he couldn’t think of a better place to have as his last home. Unfortunately his health deteriorated and he was transferred to Innisfree House Hospice, where the staff took exemplary care of him, and his family as well. Andy’s family will share memories with relatives and friends at the Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre, 1001 Ottawa St. S., Kitchener, (519-743-8900) on Tuesday, August 6, 2019 from 7 - 9 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at Blessed Sacrament Roman Catholic Church, 305 Laurentian Drive, Kitchener, on Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Cremation and interment will follow at Williamsburg Cemetery, Kitchener, at a later date. After Mass family and friends are invited to gather at Kelsey’s, 1440 Ottawa St. S., Kitchener for some time to reminisce. As expressions of sympathy and in lieu of flowers, donations to Innisfree House, Kitchener, would be appreciated by the family and can be arranged by contacting the funeral home. Share your memories of Andy online at www.westmountfuneralchapel.com

Services

  • Visitation Tuesday, August 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Memories

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Brenda Moffatt

August 5, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We were blessed to have a visit with Uncle Andy at Uncle Peter’s house 5 years ago when we were down visiting. I hadn’t seen many of the family since I was little and remember visits with Uncle Andy and Aunt Mary fondly. May they rest peacefully together.

Thomas Van loon

August 5, 2019

Our Sincere Sympathy to the entire Van Loon Family. We have memories as very young children going to visit Uncle Andy and Aunt Mary, Wendy, Karen and Janet in south western Ontario. Sincerely, Tom, Laura, Joseph, Katherine and Brenda, children of the late Tony Van Loon.

Anne van Loon

August 2, 2019

Wendy, Karen & Janet I was sorry to hear about Uncle Andy's death. My heartfelt sympathies and thoughts are with you and your families -Anne

Paul Voisin

August 2, 2019

Dear members of the Van Loon family,
I was sad to hear about the passing of your dear Dad and Grandfather, Andrew. When I was Pastor of St. Francis Parish he and your dear Mom, Mary, were willing and joyful volunteers in the Hospitality Ministry, welcoming parishioners and visitors to Mass. Although he was more introverted, compared to your Mom, he was faithful to his commitments, a sign of his gratitude and commitment to God. May our faith in the resurrection of Jesus bring you all consolation and peace. He was a good man, and a faithful follower of Jesus. God bless you all!

Very Rev. Paul S. Voisin, C.R.
Superior General
Congregation of the Resurrection
Rome, Italy

Donna Van Beers

August 1, 2019

Still wore the plaid shirts with suspenders, love it!
Fond memories of spending time in Wardsville . My deepest sympathies to Wendy, Karen, Janet and families. My you be comforted that he is now with Aunt Mary. Continue to treasure photos and stories, celebrating his life and sharing them with family and friends.

Henrietta and Barry MacSweyn

July 30, 2019

So sorry for your loss. I think of Uncle Andy every time I see his wooden blue jay that sits in my living room. Enjoyed visiting him with my parents the last few years after I had retired and travelled with them and my sister Annie to see relatives in southern /western Ontario.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY