Gerrit Frans Dooge
05-Dec-1931 - 30-Oct-2020
In Loving Memory
Born: ‘s-Hertoghenbosch, The Netherlands
Gerrit passed away peacefully into his eternal life while at the Rockyview Hospital.
Gerrit was accredited as a Christian Educator and taught for 5 years in Rotterdam. In 1957 Gerrit joined his brother Jasper Dooge in Alberta. He then studied Education at Calvin College, Grand Rapids Michigan where he met and fell in love with Irene Vos. He followed Irene to a teaching position in Edmonton and they became engaged and married in 1963. They raised their children, Frank, Wendy (Greg), and Carolyn, in Calgary.
Gerrit enjoyed his career as a French specialist and elementary school teacher. He taught at Ramsey Elementary, Haddon Road Elementary, and Colonel Walker, retiring in 1994. He loved his summer vacations, hosteling and camping trips with family and friends. Irene passed in 1995 and Gerrit moved to Vancouver, where he met his companion Alice. They enjoyed many happy times and travels together.
Gerrit was a life-long scholar of languages, spirituality and meditation. Over the years he participated with the Religious Society of Friends (Quaker), and practiced Sufism, becoming a Cherag, lay priest. He became a 33rd degree Scottish Rite Mason. In 2012 Gerrit received a Doctor of Divinity diploma from an online college. Gerrit also believed in family worship and participated at First Christian Reformed Church, Grace Presbyterian Church, Unity Church of New Westminster and Calgary. He relocated to Calgary in 2008 where he enjoyed reconnecting with many old friends, being closer to his son and a central point for regular visits from his daughters.
Gerrit also leaves behind his sister in Oegstgeest, Loes de Groot-Dooge, and nieces Josine Vos-de Groot and Anneloes van der Lugt-de Groot.
The family would like to thank the staff of the Rockyview Hospital Unit 57, Silvera Westview Community, and Shalem Manor for their care and assistance.
At Gerrit’s request, a private inurnment service will take place. Friends and family are invited to spend time in meditation and worship of their choice as a way of remembering Gerrit.