Schouten, Jan. With heartfelt sadness, we announce that Jan Schouten passed
away at the age of 82 on May 3, 2011. He is lovingly remembered by his family, Trudy Enns, John, Marika (Dirk) Swagerman, Renita (Wayne) Sawkins, Peter (Sandy), and Janine (Dyral) Sepp.
Opa will be deeply missed by his 17 grandchildren, Michelle (Che), Janice (Jeff), Robert (Alisha), Ken (Naomi), Paul, Kristina (Andrew), Joyce (Jeremy), Jonathan, Dirk-Jan, Constantijn (Christianne), Melinda; Jason, Rick; Amanda, Tanya, Jesse, Colton; – his 12 great grandchildren; and sisters Loes and Greet. Jan was very active in church and served as a deacon for many years. He was instrumental in the building of John Knox Christian School and the New Westminster Christian Reformed Church. He was also on the committee to re-build the Abbotsford Christian
School. Jan began his career as a carpenter and then worked for the
Greater Vancouver Water & Sewer Board as a draftsman and later became a project Engineer. Jan became a Professional Engineer in 1971, moved to Abbotsford and started his civil and
structural engineering firm Central Valley Engineering Services in 1972.
Jan’s hobbies were his vegetable garden, reading, history, watching
sports — hockey, tennis, soccer; but his favourite hobby was bee-keeping, extracting honey and giving it to friends and family. Jan was a Marine in the Dutch Marine Corps and served in Indonesia. He hosted a yearly barbecue for the Netherlands Marine Corps veterans for over 20 years. Music was a big part of his life. He loved to play the organ and played in church services, Ebenezer Home, and interklaas celebrations. He was a member of the New Westminster Choir, the Abbotsford Male Chorus, and the Vancouver Welshman’s Choir. Jan went on many concert tours, including concerts in the Royal Albert Hall in London, St. Petersburg in Russia, Holland, Germany,
Austria and the Czech Republic. Jan made many trips to Holland, had many friends, a great sense of humour and even towards the end where he could still make us laugh with his witty remarks and play on words, both in Dutch
and English. Jan lived a very active and full life; he never slowed down and lived his life the way he wanted to. He will be deeply missed by all his family and friends, although we know he loved
the Lord and is now with his Saviour.
The family would like to thank Dr. Newton and the nurses and staff at the Abbotsford Regional Hospital for the wonderful care they gave our dad.
Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 1:00pm at Trinity Christian Reformed Church at 3215 Trethewey Street. Tributes and condolences may be left at:
Henderson’s Funeral Home 604-854-5534