late of Abbotsford, BC

passed away on March 5, 2011.

Today we celebrate a life well lived. The life of a man who chose not to be known for his occupation and accomplishments, but rather hisjoy for life and the family he shared it with. Peter was born June 19, 1930 in Rotterdam, Holland to Hendrik & Cornelia Vandervelden and was the second of four children. It was 1948 when Peter first came to Canada and came to settle in the Fraser Valley. In 1956 Peter married Joanne and began his family of 5 children; Henry (Carolyn), Richard (Margo), Colleen (Norman), Irene (John) and Peter (Rebekah). In 1981 Joanne succumbed to leukemia. In 1982 Peter married Stephanie and became the stepfather to a blended family; Alida (Bruce), Gordon (Betty), Herman (Renita), David (Deanna), Raymond (Renee) and Keith (Teresa). Peter leaves behind 43 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren and was predeceased by Aidyn Joelle, his great-granddaughter. Peter was known for his love of God and his family. His deep faith, generosity and passion for life are some of the many things he will be remembered for. To those who were blessed to have known him, he will be dearly missed and fondly remembered. Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of the Life of Peter Vandervelden. The service will be held at Living Hope Christian Reformed Church, 34631 Old Clayburn Road, on Friday, March 11, 2011 at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Salvation Army, an organization Peter held dear to his heart. Tributes & condolences may be left at:

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