Harold Kooy, 89, went home to his heavenly father on July 17, 2014. He was born to John and Katie (Geleynse) Kooy July 2, 1925 in Coalhurst, Alberta, Canada. He grew up working on a wheat farm and quit school after the ninth grade. In 1946, at 21 years old he moved to Lynden and worked for John Hoekstra as a cattle hauler and meat cutter at City Market Grocery downtown Lynden. He became an American citizen April 1951 along with his mother and brother Don. After working for Mr. Hoekstra for six years, Harold along with Carl Roosendaal bought him out in 1952 and changed the name to City Meat Market. Harold bought and converted the Oordt Brothers Hatchery building and property from his father-in-law Art Oordt and opened up Harold's IGA Foodliner in October of 1960. He was a great visionary and in 1965 the Fairway Shopping Center expanded and the IGA moved to a newly built building. Over the years as interest grew, Harold expanded the Fairway Center in stages and later was very hands on in the Dutch motif remodel. He worked in the grocery business for 32 years before he "retired" in 1978. He married Sarah Oordt in April 1949 and together worked on building the Fairway Center. They had a wonderful and loving life together and enjoyed traveling with family and friends. Harold will be deeply missed by his family. He is survived by his son Byron (Karen) Kooy; daughter Jane (Irv) Timmermans; his grandchildren Kelly (Tobey) Vos, Mike (Holly) Kooy, Leah (Marco) Mass, T.J. (Roxie) Timmermans, Dusty Timmermans and fiancé Orianne Drain, and Max Timmermans; and seven great-grandchildren and one on the way. His family include brothers, John (Dena) Kooy, and Don (Bernice) Kooy; sister-in-law Gerry Kooy; brother-in-law Herm (Jackie) Oordt; and sister-in-law Midge Timmer. He was preceded in death by his wife Sarah in 2011, his brother Ralph Kooy in 2013 and brother-in-law Garris Timmer in 2007. All those whose lives were touched by Harold will remember him as always having a smile on his face, always on the go, always moving from one project to the next, always telling a funny story or a joke or a corny one-liner, always loving life and living every day to the fullest, and always loving his family and friends. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Christian Health Care Center for the excellent love and care of their father. A graveside committal will take place at Monumenta Cemetery, on Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at 1:15 PM followed by a memorial service at North County Christ the King Church at 2:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Harold's name to Lynden Christian Schools, 417 Lyncs Drive, Lynden, WA 98264. You are invited to share your condolences and memories in the online guestbook at www.gilliesfuneralhome.com. Arrangements are entrusted to Gillies Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Lynden.
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Gillies Funeral Home
202 Front Street Lynden, WA 98264
Published in Bellingham Herald from July 20 to Aug. 18, 2014