Survived by his beloved wife of 70 years, Janny (van Dam), and their seven children, Margaret (late Dr. Dan Offord), Dan, Glenn (Leslie), Paul (Veronique), René (Pat), Lisa, and Jennifer (Rick).
Survived by his brother Gerard (Jetty) of the Netherlands.
He leaves behind many wonderful fun-filled memories with his grandchildren Caroline (Mike), Janeen (Nathan), Sam (Emily), Christina, Rob, Schuyler, Eric, Danielle, Shane, Quinlan, Ayden, Logan, Bryce, Zachary, Joshua, Jack and Kyle, and 6 great grandchildren and 5 step grandchildren.
Fondly remembered by his former son-in-law, Paul Parkin, and many extended family and friends.
Predeceased by siblings Arnold, Cornelia, Joop, Dien, Jaap and Jeanne. Born in Gouda, the Netherlands, Izaak immigrated to Canada as a newlywed with Janny in 1948.
His father (late Johannes), was a well-known orchestra conductor and chess champion and his mother (late Margretha Brokaar) was a business woman and mother of eight. Izaak had an extraordinary zest for living and learning, with a quick wit and sense of humour, he injected fun into everything he enthusiastically took on.
He was an expert gardener but he had a long career in Canada as a skilled and talented builder and carpenter of eight custom homes, including every home his family lived in, the family cottage, fine furniture, along with significant career accomplishments such as the wooden roller coaster at Canada’s Wonderland, Sherway Gardens and many others.
He had a natural connection with his grandchildren who enjoyed spending time with him. Izaak was an outdoorsman who studied wild plants at his cottage and home in Perth.
His adventurous spirit was the inspiration of many family outings hiking, biking, skating, swimming and waterskiing into his late 70s.
The family would like to thank the staff of Chartwell Wynfield Long Term Care for their outstanding care and kindness.
Donations in his memory to the World Wildlife Fund Canada or Christie Lake Kids are gratefully appreciated.
Cremation. Arrangements entrusted to Oshawa Funeral Home.
Izaak will be laid to rest at Springcreek Cemetery in Clarkson, Ontario.