Gerardus “George” Johannes Van Den Tempel, age 90, passed away peacefully at Stratford General Hospital on Saturday, July 11, 2020. He has been reunited with the love of his life Wilhelmina Avezaat (married June 8, 1954), who he missed deeply and spoke tenderly of since her passing in January 2016. He resided at Chartwell Anne Hathaway residence, Stratford where he was cared for in the last 2 years of his life as dementia and declining health took a deeper hold of him. Beloved father and father-in-law to Andy (Sharon), Ted (Liz), Joanne (Mark) Wraith and Geraldine (Ron) Seyler. Cherished grandpa of Cory (Christina), Stew (Amy), David (Lauren), Darryl (deceased Aug 7, 2008), Thea (Josh), Sofia (Rebecca), Derek (Lisa), Ben, Trevor (LeeAnne), Jessica (Carlyle), Jason (Amber) and James (Megan). Great grandpa to Michaela, Logan, Zakkary, Anika, Kase, Ryker, Brock, Lincoln, Nathan, Jane, Evelyn, Elsa, Hendrik, Emmett and Lonnie. Dad was the 4th child born of 12 in his family. Survived by his brothers, sister and in-laws in The Netherlands. Jan (Annie), Arie, Hennie (Joke), Wim, Corrie (Henk) and Nel Van Den Tempel. Predeceased by his brothers, sisters and in-laws, Truus (in Infancy), Truus (Joe) Sterkenburg, Bep (Bart) Sterkenburg (St. Marys Canada), Joop, Annie (Kees) Koot, Kees, Sjaan Van Den Tempel and Riet Van Den Tempel. Also survived by brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law of the Avezaat family in The Netherlands, Hans, Theo, Bert, Rudy, Frans, Joke, Liesbeth and their families. Predeceased by brothers-in-law Henk and Kees Avezaat and sisters-in-law Theodora (Antonius) and Tineka. He will be fondly remembered by many nieces and nephews both in Canada and The Netherlands. Two weeks after Dad and Mom were married, they sailed across the Atlantic to start a new life in Canada. Though they had a dairy farm on lot 12, concession 3 of Ellice Township for 42 years, Dad had a real love for horses. He was proud of his horses and loved to share his passion with family, friends and visitors alike. You would often find him in the barn tending to them, whether it be feeding, cleaning or shoeing them. Dad lived his values of hard work, honesty and generosity. He was a great man and friend. There will always be a spot in our hearts filled with memories of Dad. Due to the CO-VID pandemic, there will be a private family visitation and funeral Mass on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. In lieu of flowers and as expressions of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society through the W. G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford. 519.271.7411.
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