March 12, 1925 – January 22, 2015
With deep love and sorrow, we announce the passing of our beloved Len on Thursday, January 22, while in the caring hands of Vernon Hospice staff and his daughters Joanna and Wendy.
Len was born the oldest of 3 children in Rotterdam, Netherlands in 1925. He was 23 years old when he traveled to Indonesia to join the Dutch Marine Corp. There he married the love of his life, Joanna (Anke) Alida Nederlof in 1955. Later, his international trades career took Len & Joanna to Vancouver, B.C. where they made a family and home until moving to Hollister California in 1984. They finally retired to beautiful Vernon BC in 1993. Len is remembered for his love of family and work, and for his fondness of sardine sandwiches and back scratches from anyone who would give them. He strived to be a gentleman around the ladies, and his underlying mischievous sense of humour was always present. Even in his final days, Len was truly a pinnacle of strength, honour, and courage.
Len was predeceased by his son Martin , his wife of 56 years, Joanna, half sister, Beeb Hoogendijk, and his son-in-law, Rod Cornford, Cherishing his memory are daughters Joanna and Wendy, sister Wanda, brother Kees (Connie) , grandchildren Stephanie, Nichole, Alysha, Taylar, Adam, and Megan, and great-grandson, Sawyer, as well as numerous family and friends stretching across all corners of the globe.
A remembrance celebration will be held at Canterbury Court on Sunday, February 8th from 2-4 pm.
Donations to Vernon’s Hospice House would be gratefully accepted in lieu of flowers.