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Dorrepaal, Gerrit

Feb 15, 2021

Gerrit Dorrepaal (1925 – 2021)
Gerrit Dorrepaal, aged 95, passed away peacefully at the Lachute Residence on February 12, 2021. Gerrit was born to parents Gerrit Dorrepaal and Maartje Weststeijn, on November 15, 1925 in Koudekerk aan den Rijn, the Netherlands. Predeceased by his loving wife of 49 years, Hendrika (Rika) van Bekkum as well as his eldest daughter Maartje (Marty). He leaves behind his daughters, Ellen (Michael Wilson), Nancy, Erica (Mike Dawson) and his son-in-law, Norm Bonenfant. Loving grandfather (Opa) of Shannon, Melanie (Keith), Jeremy, Phillip and Stephanie. Devoted great-grandfather (Opa Gerrit) of Olivia, Skye, Keiran, Aidan, Devon and Lucas. Also survived by his sister, Maartje Hoogeveen of the Netherlands.
Gerrit showed great interest in gardening and worked at Lekx Nurseries from the young age of eleven years old. He met Rika not long before he joined the Dutch army where he was stationed in Indonesia from 1946-1949. Shortly after his return, he married his sweetheart and in 1954 they immigrated to Canada along with their daughter. They settled in Arundel, Qc. where he worked at the flower nursery and later rented and ran the business. In 1960, Gerrit bought land in Grenville, Qc. and started his own business,
” Grenville Nurseries ” , which was his life long dream. Gerrit and Rika worked together growing the family business, for over fifty years. Gerrit raised many prize winning exotic birds and was a proud and lifelong honorary member of the Eastern Bird Breeders Association. His family wishes to express their appreciation towards the wonderful staff at the Médaillon d’Or and, more recently, the Lachute Residence for their special care and devotion. The family members will be present at the Funeral Complex, on Sunday, February 21 from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. A private ceremony for immediate family will be held at a later date. Due to the current circumstances, we must respect a number of 25 people inside the Complex. Then the measures will be respected and a register of visitors at the entrance of the Complex is mandatory for the registration of each. Arrangements entrusted to
Mozart Desforges Funeral Complex
331, Bethany Ave, Lachute
Tel: 450-562-3636 Fax: 450-562-6864
Email: [email protected]
www.complexemozartdesforges.com
Complexe Funéraire membre de la Corporation des Thanatologues du Québec.

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