VAN ASTEN, William Johannes - It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a dear husband, father and grandfather on Sunday, November 11, 2012. Bill passed away peacefully at Headwaters Health Care Centre surrounded by his loving family. Born in 1929 in S'Hertogenbosch, Holland he immigrated to Canada in 1969. He was a lifelong Bata man, having spent 48 years with the company and family he adored. He enjoyed 18 years of retirement spending time with his grandchildren in Wasaga Beach, nurturing them as they grew up. Bill will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 53 years Betty, his son Barry and daughter Katharina. A celebration of his life will take place on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at Dods & MCNair Funeral Home & Chapel located at 21 First St., Orangeville. Visitation will be at 1 o'clock, funeral at 2 with reception to follow. A tree will be planted in memory of Bill in the Dods & MCNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. A dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 2:30 p.m. (Condolences may be offered to the family at www.dodsandmcnair.com)
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Published in the Toronto Star on Nov. 14, 2012