Jacobus van Raalte

8/3/1928 - 7/14/2018

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Remembering Jacobus (Jake)


It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Jacobus on July 14, 2018.

Jacobus (Jake) was born on August 3, 1928 in Amsterdam, Netherlands and came to Canada in 1954 with his wife Miep, and their son Walter. Their second son Michael was born in Virden, MB.

Jake loved Canada and traveled throughout the country. He enjoyed all their family vacations and camping trips. He and his wife Miep referred to their move to Canada as just another adventure. Jake loved the outdoors. He enjoyed camping even before camping was popular. He also enjoyed fishing with his two sons. When at home he enjoyed cycling (an activity he also did a lot of before coming to Canada).

Jake will be remembered for his passion of gardening. He spent time in his garden right up until he no longer had the energy. He always loved to show off his garden to people visiting him at his home. Jake never gave up on anything easily. This trait kept him strong in his beliefs and gave him the strength to take on the challenges of starting a new life in Canada and raising a family.

After coming to Canada, Jake worked as a painter in Virden, MB. He moved to Winnipeg shortly after to work for Metropolitan Construction. Not long after, Jake decided that working for others was not for him. He set out on his own as a self-employed painter. He taught his trade to his sons and at times worked alongside them with his oldest son eventually taking over his business for a time.

Jake enjoyed his retirement, continuing his travels with his wife Miep right up to the time she passed in 2009.

Jake was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Miep; his son Walter; his brothers; and his brother-in-law John Ouendag.

He will be remembered by his son Michael (Kim); grandson Jason (Brigitte); granddaughter Cheyenne; step-grandson Andrew; and step-granddaughter Ashley (Denis). He will also be missed by his sister-in-law Dory in British Columbia; his sister-in-law Cheryl in Winnipeg; his nephews; and by all his family in the Netherlands.


Jacobus van Raalte
Posted by Pim van Raalte | 7/29/2018

Dear Co, we are grateful that we have known you and of course your dear wife Miep. You meant more than just being family to us. Thankful for your hospitality when we have been with you several times in Canada and stayed in your beautiful home in Winnipeg. The kindness and compassion are dear to us that you gave to us. The long beautiful stories that you told about the Van Raalte family and the memories of the Netherlands you had there were very pleasant to hear. The Christmas we spent together with you and the family and the holidays we spent together on Vancouver Island are such wonderful memories that we are very grateful for. Thank you very much for all that you have given us and what we have learned from you. And we are also very grateful for the long correspondences and the many gifts we received from both of you. It saddens us that you are both no longer on mother earth, but it comforts us that you are finally together again at home in the Light... For now that remains is precious memories of you two very beautiful Souls. Yes GRATEFUL that we knew BOTH OF YOU. A lot of love Pim and Henny XXX

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Posted by Jason van Raalte | 7/21/2018

Jake, you will always be remembered for being the caring, loving person that you were. Your wisdom and love will be remembered forever.

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