It is with heavy sadness that we announce the passing of John Vyge, the love of my life, married for 57 years and together since we were young teenagers in Holland. A quiet private funeral service was held on Friday, September 23, 2016 for John who died peacefully surrounded by his family on Thursday evening, September 22, 2016 at the age of 83. Proud and great loving father, Opa, father-in-law and friend of our three children Michele (Brien Fraser), Robert (Pamela McKay-Vyge), John (Sandy Milne-Vyge) and 7 grandchildren, Adam and Caroline Fraser, Kerri, Olivia and Charlotte Vyge and Trinity and Whitney Vyge. We came to Canada in 1959 and decided to stay. Eventually we moved to Stratford for the culture, the beauty and small city values where our 3 children grew up. John was a passionate Dutch Canadian, a devoted husband, father, Opa and friend, an excellent tennis player, a voracious reader and a true entrepreneur and businessman, which most recently included the last 36 years in his successful career in selling commercial real estate in Ontario. Most importantly to John, however, was that he strived to go out of his way to be courteous and kind to all people, a value that he truly believed was a moral to live by. He passed on his devotion for his family and his passion for life to me, our 3 exceptional children and our 7 wonderful grandchildren. He taught us the value of reading, helping the less fortunate, to be kind and not critical, to love sports, music and the arts and to live life with passion and compassion. Try to Remember the Days of September sung by Harry Belafonte and What a Wonderful World sung by Louis Armstrong were two of Johns favorite songs. He encouraged us to reach for the stars and to accept all people for who they are. Thank you Schat for loving us so much, for showing us how to love unconditionally, for all of your encouragement and for telling us to be who we wanted to be. You were the best! We will never forget you, we will love you always and you will always live in our hearts. My family would like to publicly thank the extraordinary nurses and doctors at Stratford General Hospital for treating John with such compassionate care, dignity and professionalism. We would also like to publicly thank the outstanding Oncology team of doctors and nurses at the London Health Sciences Centre for their exceptional efforts, knowledge and meaningful support which gave John the dignity of choice.  A tribute gathering in Johns honour is being planned for a later date. Johns wishes were that, if asked, any expressions of sympathy be made to Doctors Without Borders, an organization that he quietly supported, through the funeral home. I will love you always Schattebout and I will miss you every moment of every day. ~ Annette Vyge. Funeral arrangements entrusted to the W. G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford. 519.271.7411 www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com
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