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VEEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-09-11 published
VAN DER VEEN, Geert (Sept. 19, 1939-Sept. 8, 2007)
Geert passed away suddenly at Toronto General Hospital. He was the dearly loved father of sons, Geert and Nicholas. One of four children, he is survived by his loving sister, Corey and brother, Willem. He will be greatly missed by his daughter-in-law Clare and his grand_sons, Geert and Karl and nephews, Lucas and Jack. Donations in Geert's memory may be made to the Cancer Society. Telephone condolences may be left at 416-921-3504.

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VEEN o@ca.on.york_county.toronto.globe_and_mail 2007-10-03 published
VAN DER VEEN, Arnold
Video engineer, cyclist, friend. Born December 2, 1951, in The Netherlands. Died July 11, suddenly, in Toronto, aged 55.
By Ina VAN DER VEEN, Page L6
My brother was one of those people who, with age, developed a confidence and self-assurance he did not possess when he was young.
He came to Canada in 1953 with his parents, Frank and Homiena, and his three older siblings and twin sister. They immigrated so Frank could become a farmer and not a store keeper as he had been in the Netherlands. Fulfilling their father's dream meant that the children, but especially Arnold, worked very hard.
He loved the farm and the animals, but early life was difficult for him. He suffered from painful eczema, he stuttered and he was considered "slow" by teachers.
Yet he persevered. As he grew older, the skin condition cleared, the stuttering became controllable and Arnold realized, as we did, that he was extremely intelligent and technically astute, especially with electronics.
One of his cherished possessions was a transistor radio that he bought himself. That radio led to more advanced electronics and a degree from Fanshawe College in London, Ontario
A job in Kitchener with Raytheon was followed by one in Toronto with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, in which he handled broadcast equipment high up the C.N. Tower.
He moved to Adcom Electronics and finally Videoscope, where he was manager of engineering services. Because of his reputation for excellence and reliability, he worked at the Olympics in both Sydney and Salt Lake City, preparing broadcast and studio facilities for Scandinavian television networks.
This allowed him to do what he loved best - travel, meet people and cycle.
To know Arnold was to learn that biking ruled.
Every Wednesday evening, when the weather allowed, he and his friend Jeff, joined later by Steve and Dan, did punishing rides for a couple of hours on a circuit around Toronto's High Park.
These rides were for fun and helped prepare their team for duathlons all over Ontario.
Even in Sydney, he raced informally with some of the Olympic bikers and admitted they "weren't bad."
He delighted in so much of his life: his 25-year marriage to Lee, travel, his home, and family connections all over. He grew into a charming, funny, gracious man who reached great confidence in his life. He wanted to retire soon, travel more and enjoy his garden, but on a ride in early July, just as the guys were finishing up and ready for the post-ride ritual of beer, talk and much laughter, he said to Steve that it was time to go home and then, in the blink of an eye, he was gone.
Ina VAN DER VEEN is Arnold's twin sister.

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VEENSTRA o@ca.on.grey_county.owen_sound.the_sun_times 2007-05-29 published
BARRETT, Robert Thomas " Bob"
Peacefully at his home surrounded by the love of his family, on Sunday afternoon, May 27th, 2007. Robert Thomas BARRETT, of Owen Sound, passed away in his 71st year after a courageous battle with cancer. Dearly beloved husband of June BARRETT (née BELL.) Loving father of Deborah LATHAM and her husband, Paul and Doctor Jeffrey BARRETT and his wife, Janice, both of Owen Sound. Loving Papa of William and Julia LATHAM and Liam and Sam BARRETT. Dear brother of Alf BARRETT and his wife, Marion, of Owen Sound and Gloria CHITTICK and her husband, Dave, of Hanover. Dear uncle of Kevin, Heather, Brian, Steven and their families. Predeceased by his parents, George and Daisy BARRETT. Bob retired from the Air Force in 1979 and from P.P.G. in 2002. Bob will always be remembered for his devotion towards his family and for his courage in the face of illness. He had a wonderful sense of humour and enjoyed being with others. His laugh will be dearly missed. Special thanks to Doctor Fred VEENSTRA and the many health care workers who provided exemplary care. Friends may call at the Brian E. Wood Funeral Home, 250 - 14th Street West, Owen Sound (519-376-7492) on Tuesday from 2: 00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. A Funeral Service for Bob BARRETT will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel on Wednesday, May 30th, 2007 at 11: 00 a.m. with Rev. Scott SINCLAIR officiating. Interment in Greenwood Cemetery. If so desired, the family would appreciate donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Children's Wish Foundation as your expression of sympathy. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #6, Owen Sound will hold a Memorial Service at the Funeral Home on Tuesday evening at 6: 45 p.m.

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VEENSTRA o@ca.on.simcoe_county.nottawasaga.stayner.stayner_sun 2007-10-17 published
NOORDEGRAAF, Leendert
Passed away peacefully at the Roberta Place Nursing Home on Tuesday, October 9th, 2007. Leendert NOORDEGRAAF in his 86th year. Beloved husband of Margje (née WINTERS) of Roberta Place and formerly of Minesing. Dear father of Maria CORNELISSE (Cory,) Lena KLOOSTERMAN (Wayne,) Wilhelmina HARRIS (George,) Klaas NOORDEGRAAF (Margje,) Mary VEENSTRA (Casey,) Leonard NOORDEGRAAF (Gerry,) Elizabeth McNABB (Robert), Harry NOORDEGRAAF (Marlene), Lucille BARRETT (Michael) and Robert NOORDEGRAAF (Louise.) Loving grandfather of 40 grandchildren, one pre-deceased and 48 great-grandchildren. Survived by his brother Hank of Holland and by his numerous nieces and nephews. Pre-deceased by his brothers Adrian and Pete of Holland and Jan of Brazil and by his sisters Mog and Riek of Holland and Annie of Kincardine. Friends called at the Jennett Chapel of the McClelland and Slessor Funeral Home, 152 Bradford Street in Barrie on Thursday from 7-9 p.m. Services were held at the First Christian Reformed Church, 33 Shirley Avenue in Barrie on Friday, October 12th at 11: 00 a.m. with visitation in the church one hour prior. Interment Minesing Union Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society or to Timothy Christian School as your expression of sympathy. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family at leendertnoordegraaf@ funeralhome.on.ca
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