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BOEREFYN, Johannes “Hans”

February 15, 1948 – Papekop, Netherlands
November 2, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Johannes Boerefyn, beloved husband of June of Okotoks, passed away on Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the age of 65 years, due to complications from lung cancer.

Hans was born in Papekop, Netherlands, the second child of four born to Dirk Williem and Geertruida Wilhelmina Kuijf Boerefijn. He immigrated to Canada on April 16, 1975, landing in Regina, SK. Hans later moved to Airdire in 1983, establishing Airdrie Plumbing & Heating Ltd. His association with Martin McKee and McKee Home continued for over thirty years where his colleagues respected the high standards he set for himself and his company. Hans opted for early retirement in 1999, later moving to Okotoks but continued to work on various projects until his death.

Hans and June travelled extensively to Holland and various European countries, and last year became snowbirds with their purchase of a home in Phoenix, AZ.

Hans is survived by his loving wife June; step-daughter Laura-Marie of Okotoks; step-son Dean (Rebecca) of Las Vegas; grandsons Sean and Alex of Las Vegas; sister Truus (Tom) of The Netherlands; brother Kees (Ria) of Chilliwack, BC; sister Ineke (Koos) of The Netherlands; nieces and nephews Arjan (Jen), Gea (Huib), Nanda (Mark), Martin (Jamie), Edwin, Irma (Leon); and great-nieces and great-newphews Delaney, Tristen, Eva, Sarah, Flore, Brittney, Rianne, Ethan and Brayden. Hans was a very special “Opa” to Brittyn and Austin. He was predeceased by his father in 1995; and mother in 2006.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Fish Creek Chapel (14441 Bannister Road S.E.) on Friday, November 8, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Graveside Service will be held at Fairview Cemetery, Lacombe, AB on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. Forward condolences through If friends so desire, memorial tributes can be made to the Foothills Advocacy in Motion Society, to help re-establish the office in High River devastated by flooding 2013. Box 781, Okotoks, AB, T1S 1A9, Telephone: (403) 995-0554, Special thanks to the Foothills Palliative care team Unit 47, especially Dr. Lyle Galloway for the care provided to Hans.

In living memory of Hans Boerefyn, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. Our concolances to the ones that are left behind. June we wish you strength. Our thoughts are with you and Arjan. I haven’t spent a lot time with Hans beceause of the big distance. But I remember him as a kind and friendly uncle where we were always welcome. Hopefully fine memories will soften your grief.

    Huyb, Gea, Eva, Sarah and Flore from Holland.

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  2. Koos en Ineke Koudijs-Boerefijn :

    We are very sad that Hans is past the way.
    Our condolences for you.

    Koos en Ineke Koudijs-Boerefijn.
    Edwin Koudijs
    Leon en Irma van der Voorn-Koudijs.

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  3. Koos en Ineke Koudijs-Boerefijn :

    We are very sad that Hans has past away.
    Our condolences to you.
    Ineke en Koos Koudijs-Boerefijn.
    Edwin Koudijs.
    Irma en Leon van der Voorn-Koudijs

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  4. Tom &Truus Dijkman :

    Dear June .

    We are very sad that Hans has passed away.
    Our thoughts are with you and family.

    Tom & Truus Dijkman Boerefijn .

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  5. June,on this special day, we are thinking on you.
    Greetings of the Family Koudijs

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  6. Hans (Johan Gerrit) Boerefyn :

    I am surprised and saddened to read about Hans’s passing. Particularly at an age where so much living might still have been possible. It was a real pleasure to meet my namesake face to face while he lived in Airdrie several years ago now. The Boerefyn name is rare enough and to find another Hans in Canada was a pleasant surprise. I did not have to know him long to determine that he was indeed a real gentleman. May he rest in peace.

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