Gus VAN WIELINGEN

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VAN WIELINGEN, Gus Andre
November 18, 1920 - April 1, 2013
Gus Andre Van Wielingen, born on November 18, 1920, in Stockholm Sweden, passed away on April 1, 2013, in Calgary, Alberta, in the presence of his loving family. Gus is survived by Elizabeth Van Wielingen (den Hamer), his life partner and beloved spouse of 63 years, and by his three children Margaret and spouse Greg Durst, Robert and spouse Brenda Van Wielingen (Schurman), and Mac and spouse Susan Van Wielingen (Craig), and his four grandchildren Jonathan Durst and fiancée Katrina Mclaughlin, Laura Labelle (Van Wielingen) and husband Olivier, Adam, Robert and fiancée Cat Wood, and one great- grandchild Sophia Labelle. Gus was raised in Amsterdam and attended the University of Amsterdam, where he completed a degree in Chemical Engineering. Gus's life was interrupted and heavily impacted by the Nazi invasion and occupation of the Netherlands and the onset of WWII. Gus was active in the Dutch resistance and experienced first hand the distress and horrors associated with the war in Europe. After the war, in June of 1945, he formally entered the Royal Netherlands Forces in South Sumatra, Indonesia. In November of 1947, in Indonesia, he joined N.V. Standard-Vacuum Petroleum as an engineer, which was the beginning of what became a long and distinguished career in the oil and gas industry. In Indonesia, Gus met his future wife Elizabeth den Hamer, who had been raised in Indonesia, and who also endured the torment of WWII as it affected the Dutch in Indonesia. On October 6, 1949, Gus and Elizabeth were married in Singapore. In 1951, they immigrated to Canada, with two very young children, Margaret and Robert, and with extremely limited financial resources. They settled in Calgary where Gus foresaw great change and opportunity in the energy sector. Gus's first job was with Canadian Gulf Oil Company. He subsequently worked for Sproule & Associates as a reservoir engineer. In the early 1970s, Gus demonstrated his own entrepreneurial passion through the creation of Sulpetro, which grew to significant prominence, and again late in his career with the creation of Nugas. In all his entrepreneurial and business activities Gus consistently demonstrated a "can do" attitude. Gus served as the Honorary Consul of the Netherlands in Calgary from August 1985 to January 1997. In April 1996, the Queen of the Netherlands nominated Gus Van Wielingen for the Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau, in recognition of his service to the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Gus was multilingual, speaking English, Dutch, Indonesian, and some French and German, and he had an enduring avid interest in history and world affairs throughout his life. A Private Memorial Service is to be held by the family. An open "Celebration of Life" for Gus will be held Monday, April 29, 2013 at 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., at the Calgary Golf and Country Club, with formal sharing commencing at 5:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the United Way of Calgary and Area, No. 600, 1202 Centre Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 5A5 (Telephone 403-231-6265, www.calgaryunitedway.org). In living memory of Gus Van Wielingen, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.


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Published in The Calgary Herald from Apr. 3 to Apr. 6, 2013
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