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Bill van Herk
December 8, 1941 - February 20, 2014
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<div itemprop="description"><br />van Herk, Margriethus Willem &quot;Bill&quot; <br />December 8, 1941 - February 20, 2014 <br />Margriethus Willem (Bill) van Herk was born on December 8, 1941 in Wierden Overijssel Netherlands to the parents of Willem and Marretje van Herk. He immigrated to Canada with his parents in 1949 to where became a Canadian Citizen on May 17, 1955 in Wetaskiwin. In 1956 he moved to Edberg, Alberta, until his career with the Canadian National Railway brought him into Edmonton, Alberta where he married Janje (Jenny) van der Haak on February 16, 1962. <br /> <br /> <br />Our father, grandfather, uncle, brother, and friend departed this Earth at the age of 72 years on November 20, 2014 leaving behind his wife of 52 years, Jenny van Herk (nee van der Haak), and three children, Andrew van Herk (Nicole), Diane Gelinas (Aaron) and Melinda van Herk. He also leaves behind his five grandchildren: Joshuah Gelinas, Meaghan Gelinas, Sydney van Herk, Jenna van Herk and William van Herk&hellip;predeceased by his granddaughter, Amanda Gelinas, and niece, Miranda van Herk. He will also be remembered dearly by his brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, as well as, relatives in the Netherlands and friends in Canada. Bill came from a big family and he set out early to leave his mark on this world. He was a very proud man who loved his entire family more than anything that life had to offer him. For Bill, the act of living was all about being selfless and kind-hearted. <br /> <br /> <br />In all that he has accomplished on this earth, he specifically requested to express his heartfelt gratitude towards the Province of Alberta for granting his family that new beginning in Canada all those years ago, as well as The Canadian National Railway for valuing his respective career of 35 years. <br /> <br /> <br />You are, and forever will be, appreciated Dad. May you rest in peace &hellip; <br /></div>