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De GELDER, Peter  - The family of Peter De Gelder is saddened to announce his passing at the Lakeridge Health Hospital on September 24, 2020.

Peter passed surrounded by the love of his family in his 93rd year.

Peter was born in a small town called Hazerswoude in Holland, the year was 1928. He was the first born son of Mr. and Mrs. De Gelder who had four more sons and one daughter.

Peter, like anyone else, went to elementary school. In later years, as Peter grew up as a teenager, experienced living during the difficult years of German occupation in his town, as well as the entire country and the rest of Europe. After the war, Peter held jobs at various local nurseries.

After reaching the age of 19 he was drafted into the Dutch army. Like so many ex-soldiers, Peter wasn’t happy with the lifestyle back in Holland. By the time 1953 came around he had enough of it and decided to immigrate to Canada.

He found a job working on a farm as a farmhand. It was in a small town called Otterville in Southwestern Ontario.

As time went on, Peter learned of a good paying job at G.M. in Oshawa. He landed a job there and moved to the town of Bowmanville.

Peter will be deeply missed by all of his extended family and friends in Canada and Holland.

The families of Peter want to extend their most sincere gratitude to all of the staff at Traditions of Durham Retirement Home. All of their love, care and support towards Peter will never be forgotten.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a private family service will be held at a later date.