Mr. Jacob Etzerd Greidanus

February 12, 1929November 11, 2012

GREIDANUS, Jacob Etzerd, SC, CD 1929 – 2012 Ed passed away at Lions Gate Hospital on November 11, 2012 at the age of 83. Born in Jakarta, Indonesia on February 12, 1929 to Saakje Lawerman and Johannes Numan Greidanus, and predeceased by his twin brothers Frans and Styse. He immigrated from Holland to Canada in 1951. Captain Greidanus enjoyed 40 years of flying. He was with the Royal Dutch Airforce, the Royal Canadian Airforce, and retired from Transport Canada in 1987 as a Flight Examiner. Ed was a recipient of the Star of Courage in 1976. Ed will be greatly missed by his beloved wife Helen, his sons Etzerd (Olga), Patrick (Darlene), daughter Sheila (Jim), five grandchildren and one great grandchild, Alberta, mother of his children, many friends, and family in the Netherlands and United States. A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, November 23, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at St. David’s United Church, 1525 Taylor Way, West Vancouver. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. David’s United Church or a charity of your choice. Sincere thanks to Dr. Richard Sebba, and the loving staff at Inglewood Care Centre.


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November 30, 2012

Dear Helen, I was sorry to hear that Ed had "flown west" as the old pioneer flyers would say. I enjoyed our conversations with you and he during Air Force Officers Ass'n Dawn Patrols and RCAF dinners throughout the years. You two were always so nice to myself and my late wife, Patrice. I am presently helping my new partner, Patricia Whitehead, sell her home in Calgary and am disappointed to have missed the memorial service. I hope to see you again in the future. I will think of Ed and his generous smile often.

Wayne Ralph, AFOA past president

Unit 102, 15050 Prospect Avenue, White Rock, BC V4B 2B4

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November 23, 2012

Thinking of you this hour, my prayers are with you this day and in the days to come.
Love Melva

Joe Sheen

November 23, 2012

We have great memories celebrating Ed. The most fun & laughter will always be times with you Helen and Ed with his kindness and sense of humor. There is so much love & happiness that always brings a smile or two with fond memories. Favorite times with visits when you were in Edmonton, either downtown or coming out to our place in Sherwood Park. Take care and hope to see you soon. Joe & Jana Sheen

November 23, 2012

Dear tante Helen, Etzerd, Patrick and Sheila,
I am so sorry about your loss. I am really happy I got to know oom Etzerd and tante Helen so well. I had a great time in Vancouver in 2009-2010 visiting oom Etzerd and tante Helen many times in the weekend. In September 2010 we went on a cruise with the 3 of us. I laughed many times about oom Etzerd his Dutch humor. He was a great 'oom'! It was really nice to see tante Helen and oom Etzerd back in April, May and June this year. I will miss oom Etzerd and I thank tante Helen for the good care she always took of oom Etzerd. He was her absolute number one and she visited him every single day from 2010 till now.
I wish you all strenght for the coming time.
Aukje van Kuiken

November 23, 2012

We always looked forward to Brunch at the Salmon House when we could hear Eddie talk in his special way.
Marie, Susan & Bruce

Judy & Frank Quesnel

November 23, 2012

Dear Helen,
Our deepest condolences to you, & to Ed's family.
From my days at Transport Canada, & our years in Edmonton, you & Eddie were always the "life-of-the-party", & we hold Ed's precious smile & gleaming eyes very close to our heart.
As you honor the memory of such a cherished life, lived well, may it comfort you to know, others are thinking of you at this difficult time. God bless you, & yours! We will be thinking of you tomorrow as you celebrate his Life.

November 21, 2012

November 21, 2012

November 21, 2012

The stories Ed told us in the West Vancouver Senior Centre Stamp Club in his humorous way about his time and ordeal as an inmate in a Japanese internment camp will always be remembered. Ed had a wonderful sense of humour. Karl Jessen.

Olga Greidanus

November 21, 2012

To My Loving Etz, Pat & Sheila;

Deepest sympathy from the bottom of my heart. The passing of a dad is so very difficult. His memory will forever be a source of comfort now. And knowing that he is at peace and rest will comfort you as well.