Dirk Cornelis BIRKHOFF
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BIRKHOFF, Dirk Cornelis - Passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 16, 2012 in his 82nd year after a full and courageous life shared by so many. Born in Utrecht, Holland and predeceased by his wife Hendrika (Riek) and his brother Cornelis. Loved and cared for by his dearest friend and life partner Julia Jongsma, his sons Ralph (Vidya), Paul (Nancy), his grandchildren Jessica, Alexandra, Emily, Brian and Anne. His very close family in The Netherlands include his sisters Jany, Trudy, Pauli, Frieda and Ria, his sister- in-law Edith and his many nieces and nephews who all loved their big brother and "Oom Dick" dearly. Friends are invited to join our family on Thursday, September 20, 2012 to celebrate a great life lived and a spirit shared at a remembrance being held at The Brock House, 918 Brock Street N., Whitby, ON, from 2-5 p.m. Donations to the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine or Odette Cancer Clinic at Sunnybrook would be appreciated.

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Published in Toronto Star from Sep. 19 to Sep. 20, 2012.
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September 20, 2012
A higher being found me today on the Go Train to show me that my Uncle Dick was gone (Toronto Star on the seat beside me). What a huge and happy and larger than life influence this man was on me and my sisters as we grew up! He taught my son Brendan to fish and was so generous of spirit with us all. Much love and best wishes for peace and joy as you find Tante Riek and my mom Carla again. Ingrid Pregel
September 20, 2012
I have so many wonderful memories of this funny, extroverted, in-love-with-life human being. He taught me to waterski and I still tell some of the jokes I learned from him as a child. I have some hilarious pictures where Maya and Teljya put carrots and celery in his ears when he visited us in Washington DC. Be at peace Oom Dick and say hello to Tante Riek and to my mom. Lots of love Astrid Pregel
September 20, 2012

dick left us with good memories from the early years in Canada. During the time when Riek and I worked together at the Bell, and our sons went to the same Victoria Park School. My sincere condolences. Riet van Duyn.
September 20, 2012
Sorry to hear about Dick's passing,we go way back with fond memories.
John and Jean Vosters
September 20, 2012
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always Oom Dick. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love Sharon & Keith Samson-Vink
Sharon Vink
September 19, 2012
We are very sorry to have heard about the passing of "Oom Dick". Such wonderful memories of fun times when we were kids, whether camping, at the cottage, parties, or simply all our families getting together. He always brought so much life to any gathering. A lovely man who will be missed by many.
Jan Vink
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