VANDENBERG, Jake - It is with such heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Jake, on July 11, 2017. Jake fought courageously; battling cancer, surviving a lung transplant, but, at the age of 63, died peacefully, due to postsurgical complications at Toronto General Hospital, surrounded by his family.
A loving husband, dad, son and opa, he leaves behind his wife of 42 years, and best friend, Bep; his children, Dave (Rachel) and Melissa (Cody); his grandchildren, Mikayla, Kiersten, Brooklyn, Tyler, Kylie and Morgan; Mother, Tinny; Mother-in-law, Dicky, and family friend John; siblings, John(Angie), Joyce (Maynard), Martin (Darlene), Phil (Yvonne), Betty (Jeff), Annette (Phil), Kenny (Tammy), Denise (Don); Brother in law, Jim (Liz); as well as many friends, nieces and nephews.
He will be reunited with his son, Mark, his father, Tinus, and his father in law, Elbert, in heaven.
Jake was admired and loved by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. He was both dedicated and passionate in everything he did, including his work on the farm and volunteering within his church and community. Jake enjoyed conversing with all those who crossed his path. His most valued time was spent with his family and friends, he adored his wife, children, and grandchildren. His wonderful sense of humour and fun spirit will be greatly missed.
Much thanks to the phenomenal staff in the ICU and on the Transplant Team at Toronto General Hospital.
The family will receive friends at the Drayton Christian Reformed Church, 88 Main St E, Drayton on Sunday, July 16, 2017 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. A service celebrating Jake’s life will be held on Monday, July 17, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Drayton Christian Reformed Church.
As expressions of sympathy donations to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank would be appreciated by the family .