April 7, 1934 – Oct. 17, 2006


To have lived well,

laughed often and loved much;

to have gained the respect

of intelligent men

and the love of children;

to have filled a niche

and accomplished a task;

to have left the world better –

whether by an improved poppy,

a perfect poem or a rescued soul;

to have appreciated earth’s beauty

and not failed to express it;

to have looked for the best in others,

and to have given the best of yourself.

That is Achievement!

from Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Achievement”

John leaves an indelible mark on all who knew him and now lives on in our hearts and memories which gives us the strength to continue life’s journey. Survived by his loving wife, life partner, teacher and best friend Grace whom he adored, godson Patrick Britton, loving sisters Fay and Shirley and families, stepmother Jacoba Sinnema, step sister Margaret and family, cousins and their families in the Netherlands, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law and their families, a wide network of friends, co-workers and caring neighbours. He was predeceased by his parents Klazina and Albert Sinnema. A manager, an inspiration to his co-workers and colleagues in the creative and challenging construction industry, a mentor to the new generation of skilled workers, John’s career culminated in establishing and ownership of Innovative Enterprises Ltd., a General Contracting Company. His life was marked with high achievement, success through his radiant energy and joy of work, always giving the best of himself, respectful of ­others and dominated by his unique sense of humour.

A ‘Service of Memories’ will be held on Thursday, November 2 at 11:00 am at Henderson Fraser Valley Funeral Home, 34537 Marshall Road, Abbotsford.

Henderson’s Funeral Home


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