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Gerard Zandee

April 20, 1931 - March 26, 2014

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On March 26, 2014, our Lord called our Dad and Opa , Gerard Zandee, home into his loving arms and to be re-united with Corrie. He passed away at 8:25 pm surrounded by family and friends after courageously fighting kidney failure for over 7 years.
He will be lovingly remembered by his family including his daughter, Lia (Bob) Pinske; granddaughters Kimberly (Licinio) & Bryenna. Son Robert (Tracy) Zandee, grandson Gavin. One brother Jan in Holland, and many nieces and nephews in Holland and Dick (Lynn) Zandee in Sooke , B.C.
Gerard was born in Biezelinge , Holland on April 20/1931 to Dignus & Cornelia Zandee. After a 3 year sojourn in the Dutch army, he and Corrie were married and in 1958 came to Canada with 14 month old Lia. On arrival they went to work on the Albert Murphy orchard, 6 miles south of Oliver. In 1962 he worked for Rotheisler Equipment and one year later he began a partnership with Tom Snoek, forming T & Z Imperial Motors where the rental centre is now. In 1973 he and Corrie formed Gerard's Equipment Ltd. He worked there until his kidneys required dialysis and his strength waned.
Gerard was very active in Valley Congregational Church, helping to build the actual building. He participated in Bible Studies, Building committee and Maintenance committee as well as being a member of the Choir. He together with Corrie started the first Home Shows here in Oliver. He travelled extensively through Canada, United States and Europe.
He loved to talk to anyone who would listen especially his customers. His memory will live in our hearts and everyone who knew him forever. A celebration of life will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 2/2014, 1:30 pm, at Valley Congregational Church on Black Sage Road. A reception hosted by the ladies will follow the service. Burial will follow the reception at the Oliver Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations are gratefully accepted to the Desert Valley Hospice Society, PO Box 1261, Oliver, BC, V0H 1T0
Condolences may be directed to the family by visiting www.nunes-pottinger.com

Opa: We will carry on your wonderful legacy of generosity. Until me meet again. WE love you and miss you!!

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From: Brandy
Relation: Friends with Lia since age 5

Heartfelt shared sadness on the passing of your beloved father and grandfather. Gerard was a special and inspirational man. I will always remember him and Corrie with warm reflections from my childhood. Those beautiful gardens that he was so proud of!!

Please be kind and gentle with yourselves during these difficult days.

From: John and Darlene Chapman
Relation: Friends

Our hearts and prayers are with you all.

From: Allan & Marilyn Mathieson
Relation: friendof the family

We wish to send our sincerest condolences to the Zandee family for the lost of their dear father.

From: Ken and Janice Clarke
Relation: Pastor and friend

When we first arrived in the South Okanagan, Corrie and Gerard were one of the first to welcome us. Now both these friends are with the Lord and in this we rejoice. We will miss our friend Gerard…until we meet again!

From: Jim MacNaughton
Relation: friend

Dear Lia and Rob, Gerard was much more than our local farm dealer, he was a friend to nearly all of us and without him and his wisdom, many of the farmers of our day would not have survived. He could and would fix anything. He passed a lot of those skills on to you as you carried on the business over the last number of years. He and Corrie were people you could always turn to when any kind of trouble came to any of us and for all of that we are all truly grateful and thankful that Gerard was a part of our lives.. with great respect… Jim

From: Mike & Therese O'Connor
Relation: Friend of Rob

Rob, please accept our sympathies in the loss of you father. We will say a prayer for him and your family.
Mike & Therese O’Connor

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
April 2, 2014
Beginning at 1:30pm

Location:
Valley Congregational Christian Church
4312 Black Sage Road
Oliver, BC Canada

A funeral service will be officiated by Pastor Ken Clarke at 1:30 P.M. Wednesday April 2, 2014 at Valley Congregational Christian Church.

4312 Black Sage Road
Oliver, BC Canada

Memorial Gifts

Memorial donations will be gratefully accepted to:
the Desert Valley Hospice Society, PO Box 1261, Oliver, BC, V0H 1T0

 

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