Renze Pier "Peter" Poortinga

October 11, 1934January 27, 2021

October 11, 1934-January 27, 2021

Peter has slipped peacefully into his Saviour’s loving arms to go home’ at the Greater Niagara General Hospital in Niagara Falls, Ontario on Jan. 27, 2021 at the age of 86. Predeceased by his loving wife Anna (nee Haveman) (July11, 1990) and his second wife Virginia (nee Meyer) (Sept 30, 2019). Sadly missed by his children; Yvonne (Phil) Allison, Monica (Mike) Smelko, James Poortinga, Jason (Paula) Poortinga, and Paul Poortinga. Also missed by his step-children Mike (Bianca) Clark, Jimmy (Maria) Clark, Randy Clark and the late Chris Clark (March 10, 2006). Beloved Opa to Michael Smelko, Madison Smelko (Mason), and Ella Poortinga. Peter will be missed by many nieces, nephews, 6 brothers and sisters and step grandchildren. Peter was born in Middelstum Groningen, Netherlands to parents; Iekje (nee Renkema) and Pieter Poortinga. Peter worked as a fork lift mechanic and owned Niagara Lift Truck Services that served the Niagara Region for many years, he also has a passion for gardening and enjoyed nothing more than his outdoor puttering and making sure his neighbours were well taken care of. Peter’s unfailing faith to the risen Lord was a joy he loved to share with everyone and gave him both peace and purpose. He will be incredibly missed. Donations to Canadian Cancer Society would be appreciated. In keeping with Peter’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a celebration of his life will be held at a later date.


  • Celebration of Peter's life to be held at a later date


Renze Pier "Peter" Poortinga

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liz phillips

January 31, 2021

On behalf of the Phillips Family please accept our deepest condolences on the loss of such a "Loved Dutch Uncle" to our family, He told us he was "Our Adopted Dutch Uncle" we were truly blessed to have him as our mothers friend, guardian, & superintendant! He was only a call away if we were concerned about our mom! Peter was there the day my mom had her heart attack, & I will be forever gratefull for the strength & love he showed me on that day, & in the last 5 months to help us thru the apt clean up, My bro Mark always looked forward to a morning coffee & chat with Peter, He will be truly miss. Our deepest sympathy to all of you, You are all in our thoughts & prayers. The Phillips, Lily, Mark, Elizabeth,Joan & family

Geertruida Steenhuis

January 30, 2021

Dear family Poortinga,

How very sad to hear your husband, dad, grandfather, passed away. My condoleances and wishing all of you strength for the next future. May our Lord be with you.

My name is Geertruida Steenhuis, my dad was a brother of your mother in law, Lies Poortinga-Steenhuis.