April 3, 1935 – October 16, 2022
Our husband, dad, grandfather and great-grandfather Bill Mulder went home to be with His Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 16, 2022.
Dad was born April 3, 1935 in Donkerbroek, Holland. He immigrated to Canada in 1953. After working on a farm in southern Alberta for 2 years, he returned to Holland to bring back his bride-to-be, Tena Kuyper. They were married on June 23, 1957, and moved to Edmonton together and raised a family of 5 children. Dad’s heart was in construction and after a few years of working for others, Dad and Mom started their own company, W. & T. Construction Ltd. Together they worked through both good and difficult times. With dad working long hours and mom caring for and raising the “kits”.
After many years of cold, snowy winters and much discussion of moving to BC they packed up the family and moved to Abbotsford in the summer of 1979. They bought a small acreage and began a raspberry farm on Mackenzie Road. They also raised veal for a few years. But dad’s heart was in construction and he started up W. & T. once again. He loved to work with his hands and once home he would often be busy in the garden. As the years passed the family grew with marriages and grandchildren. Dad loved his family and would visit them between working in construction and doing odd jobs around the house.
In his later years he spent time phoning and visiting those who were either sick or shut-in at home.
Our dad was strong and healthy until this last year when he began to have some serious health issues. Through it all his faith in our Lord remained strong.
Dad is survived by his loving wife Tena, 5 children – John (Marianne), Brian (Elaine), Anita (Ben) Arends, Ron (Janna), Ed (Hester), 30 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, 2 sisters and 2 sister-in-laws.
He was predeceased by his son-in-law Ben, 2 brothers Henry and Fred, one sister Loltje, 3 brothers-in-lawMeine, Pieter and Weird, 1 sister-in-law Annie and 1 niece Anita.
There will be a celebration of life at 1:00pm on Friday, October 21, 2022 at Living Hope CRC, 34631 Old Clayburn Road, Abbotsford.
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