VAN NIEUWENHOVEN, Joannes Leonardus

April 20, 1930 – January 27, 2014. Leo passed away peacefully at Christine Morrison Hospice on Monday, January 27, 2014. He was predeceased by his daughter Mary-Ann and brother Harry. He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Ann; daughter Ria (Ted); son-in-law Milton (Laurel); 8 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, 2 brothers, 3 sisters as well as many extended family members and cherished friends. Leo was born in Nederweert, Limburg, Netherlands and immigrated to Canada in 1954. Ann soon followed and they were married on September 18, 1954 in Salmon Arm, BC. They moved to Aldergrove in 1961 and in 1967 they rented their first farm in Matsqui. After 3 years, they purchased their own farm in Sumas Prairie where they farmed until 1981. He then “semi-retired” to a broiler farm on Tolmie Rd. until 1990. Leo loved to travel around in the motorhome and enjoyed bus trips to the USA & Eastern Canada. He also spent a lot of time reading, puzzling and biking around the Sumas Prairie and loved working outside in the gardens. Leo’s greatest joy were his children and grandchildren. Special thanks to the staff at Christine Morrison Hospice, his “private nurse” Linda Stewart and Dr. Donald Scamen for all the care and support we received.

Prayers Vigil will be held on Wednesday Feb 5th at 7:00pm and a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Thursday Feb 6th at 11:00 am. All services will be held at St. Anns Roman Catholic Church, 33333 Mayfair Ave. Abbotsford. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Christine Morrison Hospice in Mission, BC.

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