Benjamin “Ben” Robert Henry Smitjes, age 85, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family on Friday, May 14, 2021 at Stratford General Hospital. Born in North Easthope Township, son of the late Robert and Adeline Smitjes. Ben was predeceased by his loving wife, Leda (Barber) Smitjes, February 19, 2013 of 54 years. Loving father of Ray (Jackie) Smitjes, Cindy Smitjes and David Smitjes. Grand father to Craig (Zabrina) Smitjes, Sarah (Dan) Scheerer, Kate Smitjes (Adam Siegfried), Rachel Smitjes (Jon Butler) and Catlen Ladouceur (Monyke Halabi). Great grandfather to Sydney, Destinee and Denver. Ben is survived by his siblings Betty (Art) Pearson, Ruby Robertson and Harold Smitjes. Ben will be fondly remembered by the Barber family and his many nieces and nephews. Besides his parents and his wife, Ben was predeceased by his siblings Dorothy, Beatrice, Walter, George and Robert. In keeping with Ben’s wishes, cremation will take place and he will be laid to rest with his wife in Robin Hill cemetery at a later date. As expressions of sympathy, memorial donation maybe made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetes Association through the W. G. Young Funeral Home, 430 Huron Street, Stratford. 519.271.7411. www.wgyoungfuneralhome.com
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