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Terry VAN HOUTTE

Terry Van Houtte of London passed away peacefully at Parkwood Institute on Sunday, July 23, 2023, at the age of 62. He was the beloved husband of Emily Van Houtte for 42 years and the loving father of Douglas and Allison Van Houtte. Terry was also a proud grandfather to Madelyn and Liam. He is survived by his siblings Dan and Sandra, Simon, Stefan and Yana, Sam and Kyle, Adelaide, Bob and Ethel, Dr. Elizabeth Van Houtte and Dennis Rizzo, Ariana and Zoe, Ron, and Garrett and Alexis. Terry was the Godson of Mrs. Betty Van Houtte and the late Uncle George. He was predeceased by his parents Gerard and Donna. Terry led an extraordinary life, starting his career in Waterford, ON, working on local farms. He later pursued various vocations including dairy farming on the Ward Farm in Arva and Limousin cattle farming on the Duffin Farm in Thorndale. After a successful farming career, Terry went back to school to become a Farm Equipment Technician at Case IH. He further pursued his education, becoming a Truck Technician for Mowat Express. Terry’s passion for teaching led him to enroll in Althouse College of Education at Western University, where he obtained his teaching diploma. He inspired and mentored his students, especially encouraging them to pursue careers in the trades. Terry taught at various high schools in Tillsonburg and Sir Wilfrid Laurier High School before his medical leave due to pancreatic cancer. Despite his battle with the disease, Terry remained resilient and determined, even relearning to walk after an amputation. Friends and family are invited to attend a Celebration of Life at Westminster Trails Golf Club in London, Ontario, on Sunday, October 8, 2023, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Donations in Terry’s memory can be made to Parkwood Institute, Palliative Care, the Amputee Rehabilitation Program at Parkwood Hospital, or a charity of choice. The arrangements are in the care of McFarlane & Roberts Funeral Home, Lambeth. The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to Dr. John Lenehan, Nurse Nancy Gregg, the Healthcare teams at London Regional Cancer Centre and Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, and the Amputee Rehabilitation Program team at Terry’s hospital, especially Dr. M. Payne, Nurse Barb, Shirley, and Joe from Hamilton Prosthetics & Orthotics, as well as the compassionate Nursing Angels in Palliative care, led by Dr. B. Achtar at Parkwood Hospital.

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