SONKE, Christiaan (Chris)


It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our loved father suddenly at his home on Sunday, November 15, 2015, at the age of 84.

Loving and devoted husband of the late Rita with whom he shared 53 amazing years. Predeceased by his parents Bastiaan and Catharina Sonke. Much loved and sadly missed father of Ron (Sheree), Wilma (Mike), Bill (Patti) and Les (Anita). Proud grandpa of Christopher (Karri), Katie (Nathan), Athena (Tim), Brittany (Matt), Tayler and Conner. Opa of Olivia, Kaylin, Morgan and Ellie and soon, a great grandson. Brother of Catharina Dekker (late Jan), Suzanna Tolhoek (late Marinus), Jan Sonke (Martina), Cornelia Goud (Jacobus) and predeceased by Johanna Van Stel (late Hendrik), Cornelis Sonke (late Maria) and Jacob Sonke (Nelltje).

Dad loved his family and his vegetable garden. He was proud of his Dutch heritage but even prouder to be a Canadian. Pilgrim Chris was a lifetime member of the Loyal Order of Moose and was recognized for his many accomplishments.

As he would say, “Well, I guess it’s time to head home.”

Friends are invited to attend a Memorial service at Westminster Presbyterian Church on Thursday, November 19, 2015, at 1 p.m. Rev. John Wilson officiating. Please join us in a Celebration of Dad’s life beginning at 4 p.m. at the home of Bill and Patti (68 Atlas Street).

Memorial contributions to Westminster Presbyterian Church would be appreciated.

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