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APPELHOF – Harry (Harke)

May 5, 1938 – March 7, 2010

Harry Appelhof, beloved husband and best friend to Anola, adored father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, passed away after a long illness on Sunday, March 7, 2010 at the age of 71 years.
Harry was born in Zevenhuizen, Groningen, Holland, and immigrated with his family to Canada at the age of 17, settling in the Lethbridge area. It was there he met Anola Shrumm, and they married in 1962. Harry had a successful and rewarding career with CBC in both Winnipeg and Calgary that spanned 25 years. In his lifetime he enjoyed playing the guitar, curling, painting, country music and trips to the mountains.

Harry will be lovingly remembered by his wife Anola and his four children; Cheryl (Michael) Crothers, Susan (Blaine) Payne, Beverly (Darryl) Stewart and Kevin (Michaela) Appelhof. Grandpa will be sadly missed by his twelve grandchildren: Siobhan, Meghan and Evan Crothers, Tristan and Calysta Payne, Kyle and Justin Appelhof, Jessica and Kianna Stewart and Cassandra, Paige and Kirah Appelhof. He will also be lovingly remembered by his siblings, Tina (Hank) Harbers, Jake (Pauline) Appelhof, Grace (Marvin) Tolley and many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Service to celebrate Harry’s life will be held at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church (703 Heritage Drive S.W.) on Saturday, March 13, 2010 at 12:00 p.m. Graveside service to follow at Eden Brook Memorial Gardens. Forward condolences through Harry would want us to thank the staff at Care West Royal Park for their care and support over the past several years. Donations may be made in Harry’s memory, directly to the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada, #100, 2421 – 37 Avenue N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 6Y7 Telephone: (403) 250-7090, or to FRIENDS of Canadian Broadcasting
Box 200/238, 131 Bloor Street West Toronto, ON M5S 1R8.

In living memory of Harry Appelhof, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403) 243-8200.

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  1. Carole Yunker :

    I worked with Harry at CBC Calgary starting in the duplex near the main building before the station went on the air in 1975, and for several years after. He was a lovely, kind, sweet man, and also lots of fun to work with. He was always very proud of his wife and his beautiful children. He was a blessing in my life and I am sure in the lives of everyone who knew him. He was a good man. God bless you all.

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  2. Judy Erickson :

    Condolences to Grace Tolley

    Dear Grace;
    Just a short e-mail message to convey our sympathy to you regarding the death of your brother. We read about it in the paper and although we didn’t know him, he sounds like a wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Aunt Bea
    Judy & Royden
    Paul & Pam

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  3. henny scheffer :

    To all the family members of Harry
    Appelhof from Henny Scheffer

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  4. My heart felt condolences to Harry’s wife and family. I worked at the CBC for 16 years, many of those with Harry. He was a very inspirational man and always a joy to be around. A few years back I met Harry again at Royal Park where I was caregiving. He had not changed in the least, still even tempered and sweet. I know he will be missed by you all. God Bless.

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  5. Riet Scheffer :

    Dear Appelhof family, Anola, and children. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Harry, your dad, and Anola, our mom, got maried in Coaldale. On the wedding day Anola’s brother-in-law was bestman. My husband Herman was an usher. But the bestman got sick and my husband ushered first and then moved to the front of church to be bestman. Harry and Herman used to go boating and water skiiing in Park Lake. Herman has now gone to be with His Lord since 14 years ago, and now Harry is also no longer with us. I am sorry , Anol, that you have to go on by yourself, and for the family to be without their father and grandfather. I have just learned about Harry’s death, and I cannot come up to Calgary at such short notice, I am sorry about that. I am certainly thinking about you and have been since I heard about your loss. May God be with you as you go through the hard task of saying goodbye toi Harry. With love, Riet Scheffer

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  6. Ebbel Dykstra :

    We saw the obituary in the National Post. We do not know Harry Appelhof, but my parents were good friends of Harke and Jitske Appelhof of Drachten and before that in Zevenhuizen. We assume that Harry was a nephew of my parent’s friends. We sent the obituary on to my family in Holland. Please accept our condolences.
    Ebbel and Ann Dykstra, St. Catharines, ON

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  7. Chuck and Lynne (Willie Wevers) Haines :

    We are sorry for the loss of your husband, father, grandfather and friend.We knew Harry many years ago in Lethbridge. Harry’s family and my family were intertwined by friendship.
    I remember Harry as a soft spoken person.
    A fond remembrance of Harry is seeing him sit on the porch of his parent’s home on 5th Avenue South, Lethbridge (where we all grew up). He would play his guitar and ukelele.

    May God Bless you all

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  8. Menno Appelhof :

    Dear family Appelhof.
    Sorry for your loss of Harry.
    My niece Kristin Appelhof mentioned the obituary in her e-mail last night.
    As we are working on the Appelhof family tree now I copied a letter last week that my parents received from Uncle Jake and Aunt Diane back in 1984 where Harry was also mentioned.

    I wish you all the best in this difficult time and may God bless you all.

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  9. Kristin Appelhof :

    Dearest Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss of Harry.
    I am happy that I found all of you though, and I do hope that we can meet someday. Menno and I are putting together an Appelhof Family tree that was started by Gerrit Appelhof in The Netherlands in 1965. My Uncle Gilbert Appelhof subsequently began a family study in The States after he met Uncle Gilbert. I would be very happy to send you the books that both men wrote.
    Menno lives in the Netherlands, and I live in Michigan. Now distant cousins are working on finding the family together.
    I would love to hear from you whenever you have time. We would love to have your family picture and names as we are leaves of the same tree.
    Blessings to you and your family.
    Kristin Louise Appelhof

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  10. Jitske Appelhof :

    Dear family, my father, Menko Gerrit Appelhof, was also born in Zevenhuizen, he’s now 70 years old, son of Jitske Reitsma en Harke Appelhof who lived in Drachten and brother of Bartele Appelhof.
    I think Harke was my grandparents and my fathers nephew.
    Please accept my condolences.
    Jitske Appelhof

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