Cornelis Johannes van Dam
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Cornelis Johannes van Dam

December 26, 1934 – January 11, 2018

 

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Cornelis Johannes van Dam on January 11, 2018 after a courageous battle with lung cancer.

 

“Cor” was born on December 26, 1934 in Rotterdam, The Netherlands to parents Maria Anna Scheffel and Adrianus Hubertus van Dam where he lived his formative years and then worked for 40 years as a specialized heavy duty mechanic until he moved to Vancouver, BC.

 

“John” will be greatly missed by his companion and dear friend Colette, her family and friends in Vancouver BC and in Spain; as well as his surviving sister Marie van Dam, niece Marianne Hubregtse-Mols, sister in law Stien van Dam and other family overseas in the Netherlands.

 

John was very passionate and involved in European soccer and cars.  As an adult he enjoyed music, dancing, travelling, gardening, fitness, long walks in Steveston Dyke and Southlands and he loved all sweet desserts!

 

He will be fondly remembered by his friends at the Kerrisdale Community Centre where he regularly attended Thursday afternoon senior groups.

 

John was a strong man and bravely battled cancer since 2014.  He passed away peacefully and calmly in his home.   Cremation has taken place, there will be a private celebration of life to be held on a later date.

 

Special thanks to Dr. Barbara Melosky, Dr. Karen Goddard and all the caring staff at the BC Cancer Agency in Vancouver.

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