With grateful hearts for a life well lived, we say goodbye to a loving husband, Dad, father-in-law, Opa, and Great Opa. Peter Henry Bokkers passed away peacefully at home with his family by his side on April 27, 2021.
He was born in Nijkerk, The Netherlands on March 17th, 1927. Peter grew up and lived on the home farm with his parents and seven siblings. Life was not always easy, especially having to live through the Second World War. Peter dreamed of farming however land was not available, especially for the youngest boy of a large family. Peter graduated from a local Dutch agricultural college on the 29th March 1949.
Peter emigrated to Canada with his number one goal to be able to purchase a farm. He boarded the cruise ship Volerdam which set sail on the 16th of May 1950 from Rotterdam. He arrived in Halifax at Pier 21 and then boarded a train to a farm of his sponsor in southern Quebec. While working at this farm, in downtimes he also took a job at the local mine to make extra cash to save for his dreams and number one goal.
Peter learned that the Boersen family had also emigrated to Southern Ontario. He pulled up stakes and decided to make his way to Stratford area to see if he could spark up a relationship with the young lady he met a couple of times near his hometown in Holland. They dated, however he always kept his number one goal in mind and was able to gain employment by working underground at the Sir Adam Beck generating project in Niagara Falls. He then secured a job at the General Motors plant in Oshawa.
It was during this time, his number one goal shifted to second place in seeking marriage to the love of his life, Annie Boersen. Annie and Peter were married at St. Joseph’s Parish, Stratford on November 10th, 1956. Peter continued to work at General Motors and provide for his growing family.
They were proud to be granted their Canadian citizenship together on April 3, 1957. He was a proud Canadian then, and for life. They purchased a farm near Kinkora in the fall of 1959 and moved to the farm in spring of 1960. He was always proud of his improvements to the farm, starting with a few cows, then additionally then built a barn for sows. Later he changed the sow barn to house heifers in order to increase the dairy herd size. He was even more proud of his family of five children.
Peter and Annie purchased their retirement home in Sebringville in 1989. He semi-retired to their dream home in 1991 until full retirement from his farm life in 1998.
His hobbies included gardening, tending to his beloved fishpond, reading, and most especially riding his bike. He loved biking so much, he achieved a 100,000 Km milestone on his bike in 2017. He relished having family over from Holland and Australia. He enjoyed the fellowship of family and friends dropping by for coffee (always 3 spoons sugar!) and playing cards.
He enjoyed watching his grandchildren (and great grandchildren) stop by to run and play in the park like back yard he created at home. He especially enjoyed watching the children be intrigued by the fish, frogs and lily pads.
Peter leaves behind his cherished wife Annie, his children Tony and Sandi, Gary and Pauline, Ron and Connie, Nancy and JD, Pete and Debbie. Additionally, his grandchildren, Brad, Nathan, Brent, Tyler, Kaitlyn and Courtney. Calvin, Angela, Brandon. Korey, Deanna. Michael. Also including the grandchildren’s respective families and twelve great grandchildren.
Peter was the treasured brother and brother-in-law of:
Corry and Arie Kooloos – Bokkers
Rikus and Jo Bokkers
Piet and Dien Bokkers
Gijs and Gré Bokkers
Mia and Ton Beurskens – Bokkers
Jan and Gré Bokkers
Theo and Truus Bokkers
Dora and Adrian Olsthoorn
Betty and Andre Gras
John and Judy Boersen
Ted and Martina Boersen
Tony and Ann Boersen
Bert and Liz Boersen
Gerry and Renelda Boersen
Henk and Emma Boersen
Pete and Joan Oud
Johan and Viola Boersen
Alieda and Joe Vlasman
He leaves behind many nieces and nephews that call him Uncle Peter. Those in Holland called him Ome Peel.
Due to Covid Protocols, there will be no visitation.
A private family Mass of Christian burial will take place at St, Josephs Roman Catholic Church Saturday May 1st at 11:00a.m. Those who wish to join the family from their home can do so by clicking view livestream under Peter’s obituary on the funeral home website. In lieu of flowers and as expressions of sympathy, memorial donations may be made St. Joseph’s Church (Livestream Project) or St. Joseph’s Church Restoration Fund or the charity of one’s choice through the W.G. Young Funeral Home,430 Huron Street, Stratford. 519.271.7411 www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com
Your cheque can be mailed to:
W.G. Young Funeral Home
430 Huron Street
Stratford, Ontario N5A 5T7
Please make cheque payable to the charity you have selected