On May 29, 2021, Hendrik Willem "Bill" Kegel, loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, went to be with the Lord at the age of 87. Bill was born on November 20, 1933 in Berkel en Rodenrijs, Holland. At a young age, Bill was touched by the kindness of Canadian soldiers during WWII and this influenced his decision to come to Canada at the age of 18. He began working for Sheridan Nurseries in Toronto and did so until he and his young family moved to Orangeville. He and his wife built Dufferin Garden Centre in 1974 and resided there until after their three girls were married. Bill is survived by his wife of almost 55 years, Geraldine (née Grit), his daughters and sons-in-law, Marie and Andrew Kieft of Guelph ON, Valerie and Arnold Sikkema of Langley BC, and Lisa and Brian Vanderhout of Hamilton ON. He will be dearly missed by his grandchildren and great grandchildren, Rachel and Jonathan Van Tol (Clara and Lillian), Evan, Renee, and Corinna Kieft; William and Ashley Sikkema, Kristin and Paul Robinson (Dorothea and Dominic Willem), Nadine Sikkema; Laura and Andrew Bosscher, (Jaimee), Marlaina and Scott Post (Maizie and Josie), Bradley Vanderhout and Ashley Nienhuis. Predeceased by his parents, Jan Pieter Kegel (d1983), Cornelia Kaiser (d1938), Step-Mother Cornelia Maryke Kruithof (d2000) and six siblings, and an infant grandson, Alan Kieft (1992). Survived by six brothers and sisters. Bill will also be missed by his brothers- and sisters-in-law and nieces and nephews. Bill was well known for his love of God's creation. His passion for horticulture carried on into retirement as he cared for and enjoyed the many beautiful gardens at Evergreen Terrace in Grimsby. He always had a smile on his face and a belly laugh was never far behind! He enjoyed many hours with a great-grandchild on his lap reading books. His love for scripture and his Heavenly Father provided a legacy to be carried on! Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, June 1 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. at COVENANT CANADIAN REFORMED CHURCH, 480 Woolverton Road, Grimsby where the Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, June 3, 2021 at 10 a.m., Rev. John Louwerse officiating. Interment to follow at Greenwood Cemetery, Orangeville at 1 p.m. Due to the pandemic restrictions please register for a visiting time using the SignUp app on the website obituary or call the funeral home at 905-689-4852. The Funeral and Interment Service are restricted on-site to the immediate family and everyone else is invited to attend using the livestream links available under Events on the website obituary. In lieu of flowers, donations would be gratefully accepted by Anchor Home https://anchor-association.com/donations/
Special thank you to Dr. Harlock and Dr. Szalay at the Hamilton General for their expert and compassionate care over the past decade, and the emergency and ICU staff at West Lincoln Memorial in his last hours.
"The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever." Isaiah 40:8
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