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Paul van Rheenen passed away peacefully on August 18, 2012 at the age of 77 years.
Paul was born in Holland on March 2nd, 1935; the second oldest son of seven children. After WWII, he traveled by ship to Canada and settled in Toronto. He worked at Toronto General Hospital where he was respected by physicians and patients alike. In 1968, Paul moved his family to Vancouver and then to Ladner where he lived for the remainder of his life. He enjoyed Ladner's friendliness; conversations with shop keepers who knew him by name and the kindness shown by his neighbours. Paul took pride in his work as a boat builder and foreman until his retirement. He enjoyed fishing, working on crossword puzzles and going for long walks with his wife Therese, and time spent with family and friends. He cared for Therese until her death in 2009. This loss affected him deeply.
Paul is survived by his children Susan, David (Michele), and Tony (Megan); his grandchildren Annaliese, Michael, Torin, Ailia, Trinity, and Kieran; his brothers Frits (Kularb) and Leo (Kathe) and sisters Annie (Dick) and Elly; his nieces and nephews; and dear friends.
Paul was predeceased by his wife Therese, sons Brian and Michael (Mickey), brothers Anthony (Tony) and Jan, and his parents Ana and Fritz.
Memorial Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church, 3900 Arthur Drive, Delta, on August 31, at 11:00am followed by a reception at Sacred Heart Church.
Paul's family would like to thank Dr. Cheng, Home Care staff, staff at Delta Hospital Emergency Department and the Irene Thomas Hospice for the exceptional care that he received. We would also like to thank Shirley for her wonderful friendship and support for which Paul was so grateful.
Donations may be made to the Delta Hospital Foundation.
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