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John WESTERTERP

John Westerterp, a resident of St. Thomas and formerly of Crossley Hunter Line, Belmont, passed away peacefully in his residence on Tuesday, August 22, 2023, in his 88th year. He is survived by his loving wife, Cynthia (Vanderwal) Westerterp. John was a devoted father to Jennifer Annen, Teresa Card, Lori Runciman, John Westerterp Jr., and Kim Phillips. He was a cherished grandfather to Kayla, Tyler, Zach, Sarah, Adam, Nicole, Chris, Jamie, Sean, Joshua, Liam, Hannah, and Morgan, as well as a great-grandfather and Papa to Lorelai, Sydney, Kade, Vaida, Hunter, Jayce, Lily, Jansenn, Robert Jr., Maverick, Atlis, and the late AuroraBelle. John leaves behind siblings Ben Westerterp, Agnes De Groot, Thea Ewald, and Peter Westerterp, along with sisters-in-law Elanor Westerterp and Lou Barnes. He was predeceased by his brother Dick Westerterp, and sisters Bertha Barnes and Ann DeKraker.

Born on April 7, 1936, in Koudekerk, The Netherlands, John made Canada his home in 1952. Over the years, he honed his carpentry skills, building homes and leaving his mark on the local region. Whether constructing or renovating a house, barn, or drive-shed, John’s handiwork showcased his dedication and craftsmanship. Additionally, he served as the Building Inspector for South Dorchester Township.

Visitation for John Westerterp will take place at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home in Aylmer on Thursday from 5:00-8:00 p.m. The funeral service will be held at Redemption Bible Chapel in St. Thomas on Friday, August 25, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. Cremation-burial will follow at Aylmer Cemetery. Donations in John’s memory to ChildCan would be greatly appreciated. Memories and condolences can be shared at kebbelfuneralhome.com.

John Westerterp, a beloved member of the St. Thomas and Belmont communities, passed away in his 88th year on August 22, 2023. He will be forever remembered as the devoted husband of Cynthia Westerterp and loving father of Jennifer Annen, Teresa Card, Lori Runciman, John Westerterp Jr., and Kim Phillips. John’s qualities as a caring and supportive grandfather were highlighted through his relationships with Kayla, Tyler, Zach, Sarah, Adam, Nicole, Chris, Jamie, Sean, Joshua, Liam, Hannah, and Morgan. He also had the joy of being a great-grandfather and Papa to Lorelai, Sydney, Kade, Vaida, Hunter, Jayce, Lily, Jansenn, Robert Jr., Maverick, Atlis, and late AuroraBelle. John’s memory will live on through his siblings Ben Westerterp, Agnes De Groot, Thea Ewald, and Peter Westerterp, as well as his sisters-in-law Elanor Westerterp and Lou Barnes. He was predeceased by his brother Dick Westerterp, sisters Bertha Barnes and Ann DeKraker, and brother-in-law Bob Dekraker.

Originally from Koudekerk, The Netherlands, John immigrated to Canada in 1952. There, he dedicated himself to perfecting his carpentry skills, leaving a lasting impact on the local area. His commitment and craftsmanship were evident in every project he undertook, whether it was constructing or renovating homes, barns, or drive-sheds. Notably, John served as the Building Inspector for South Dorchester Township, showcasing his diligent work ethic.

Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at the H.A. Kebbel Funeral Home in Aylmer on Thursday. The visitation hours are scheduled from 5:00-8:00 p.m. A funeral service will follow on Friday, August 25, 2023, at Redemption Bible Chapel in St. Thomas at 11:00 a.m. The Aylmer Cemetery will be the final resting place following the cremation-burial. Those who wish to honor John’s memory can make donations to ChildCan. Messages of tribute and condolences can be shared at kebbelfuneralhome.com.

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