Durk (Dick) passed away peacefully on February 18, 2005 at the age of 74 after a brief but courageous struggle with lung cancer.
Dick is lovingly remembered by his wife of 22 years, Marie, and his six step-children Dick (Peggy) Wynia, John (Carol) Wynia, Ann (Darryl) Wallis, Theresa (John) Staber, Marlene (Chuck) Rudeloff and Bettyanne (Mark) Cheng; 13 step-grandchildren, three step-great grandchildren, four sisters and six brothers.
Dick was predeceased by this only child, Linda, and one step-grandson.
He was born January 22, 1931 in Bakeveen, Friesland and came to Canada in 1980 to join his parents and 10 brothers and sisters. He then met Marie and they married in 1982. Together, Dick and Marie enjoyed many trips to Sky Valley in Desert Hot Springs, California, to Holland, Hawaii, Alaska and throughout B.C. and Alberta. Dick really loved nature, walks along the river, and regular visits to Minter Gardens. He enjoyed carpet bowling and was also an avid International checker player, winning many trophies and medals in both sports, including 2001 Canadian Checker Champion. Music was another one of Dick’s passions and he was a trained, accomplished organist. Dick was a very wise, kind and caring husband, step-father, Pake, brother and uncle who will be deeply missed by us all.
A celebration of Dick’s life will be held at 11:30 a.m. on February 24 at the Friendship Centre, 7272 Morrow Road, Agassiz.
Donations in Dick’s memory to the BC Lung Association or a charity of your choice will be gratefully appreciated.