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William Bill Kooyman

May 27, 1928 - December 13, 2009


On Sunday December 13, 2009, Bill Kooyman of Oliver, BC passed away peacefully at home after a yearlong battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 81 years old.
William (Bill) Kooyman was born in Isselmonde of Rotterdam, Holland on May 27, 1928.
When he was twenty-five, Bill immigrated to Canada with hopes of fulfilling his dream
to dairy farm.
Bill married Shirley Hemsing in Rolling Hills, Alberta on July 27, 1957. They were blessed with five children; Mary (Jim) Power, Casey (Vivian) Kooyman, Bernice (Jack) French, Audrey (Michael) Grieve and Dwight Kooyman;
thirteen grandchildren; Jordan, Carla, Jennifer (Jason) Holman, Holly, Lisa, Kenny, Regan, Garrett, Aiden, Braden, Cale, Simon and Leah; two great-grandchildren Jaxson and Lucy.
Bill and Shirley dairy farmed in the Evergreen district of central Alberta for thirty enjoyable years where they raised their family.
In 1988, they retired to Oliver, BC. Bill enjoyed his retirement tending his garden and yard.
Visiting with friends and family, playing cards at the Senior’s Centre, traveling and winters in Yuma, Arizona.
Bill is predeceased by his parents, Kees and Wilhelmina, six siblings and one nephew – all of Holland. He is survived by his sister Ploon (Jan) Lijsten, Brothers Kees (Jenny) Kooyman and Bert (Gisela) Kooyman.
A memorial service will take place in Oliver on May 29, 2010.
Donations in lieu of flowers gratefully accepted to a charity of one’s choice.
Special Thanks
The family wishes to thank Dr. Ruddiman and staff for the many years of care. All the palliative care nurses for their excellent care. Thank you to the friends and immediate and extended family for the loving support. A special thanks to Bert and Gisela Kooyman.
Condolences may be directed to the family by visiting
Arrangements entrusted to Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service & Crematorium, Oliver, BC


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Nunes-Pottinger Funeral Service Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Ruth and Robert Hemsing
Relation: family

Shirley, on behalf of my family, I would like to extend our heart-felt sympathies to you and all your family. At times like these, passing is such sweet sorrow. I can only imagine the reunion that Bill is now having with Dad and the others he had known who left before him, – both family and friends alike, too numerous to mention. For he was a great people-person.
Ruth and I would like you to know that we always enjoyed our times with Bill, for he was truly unique. My memories of Bill are rich and varied. I can recollect back to the times of your early married lives (for your times together before that I depend on my older siblings), when you would come back to the farm for visits. Even then, Bill had a quiet, thoughtful demeanour, as though of a man to whom wisdom had come early. This is not to say that he didn’t haven’t an opinion, or that he wouldn’t voice it, but rather that he only spoke after some quiet and thoughtful reflection. I remember also his keen interest in history, both personal and worldly; he possessed a quiet presence which alway made me think he had this confusing world fiigured out. He was an easy man to speak to, yet even easier to listen to. He was a genuine man who made a lasting impression. Memories of him will long endure.

May God bless you all,
love from ruth, Bob & family

From: Margaret Koning
Relation: friend

Dear Shirley please accept my sincere condolonces with the passing of Bill. God bless you and all your loved ones. Margaret

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