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deVISSER, Arie

January 23, 1933 – Hoge en Lage Zwaluwe, Holland
July 13, 2013 – Nanton, AB

Arie de Visser, beloved husband of Adriana (nee Stoop) of Nanton, passed away on Saturday, July 13, 2013 at the age of 80 years.

Arie was the third child in the family of eight children and was born on January 23, 1933. Before coming to Canada, Arie became a mechanic and continued on this path upon immigrating to Canada in 1959. Arie and Adriana settled in Picture Butte where they were married before moving to Nanton later in 1959. Arie continued his craft as a mechanic for various companies in the area until he retired in 1997.

During the early years in Nanton, Arie was a member of the Nanton Fire Department for about twelve years. Arie was always willing to lend a hand to anyone that needed it. He loved to fix things and work on projects in his workshop. Arie was always active in the community and was an avid sports fan, showing his support for not only his children and grandchildren, but many others in the community. Arie could often be found at the arena watching any games that were going on. His passion for his community will always be remembered. Arie will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Arie is survived by loving wife, Adriana; children Ronnie de Visser, Shirley (Ron) Hall, Mike (Rhonda) de Visser and Tracy (Doug) Harrison; grandchildren, Aaron and Matthew Hall, Kyle and Carla de Visser, Sean and Troy de Visser, and Alanah and Trista Harrison. Arie is also survived by many aunts, uncles, sisters, one sister-in-law, one brother-in-law, and cousins in Holland, sister Diane (Nick) Jongeling and family of Calgary, Alberta, and several nieces and nephews. Arie is also survived by Adriana’s brothers, sisters and families. He was predeceased by his parents, Dirk and Elizabeth de Visser, and brother Cees de Visser.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church (2308 19 St, Nanton, AB, Telephone: 403-646-2464) on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Alberta, 200, 119 – 14th Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2N 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 781-1978, www.heartandstroke.ca or Sports for Kids in Nanton.

In living memory of Arie deVisser, 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. Terry and Patty Atkinson :

    Dear Members of Arie’s Family,
    We were sorry to hear of Arie’s passing, and know that you will miss him very much. Terry enjoyed his years on the Nanton Fire Department with Arie, and always enjoyed their chats during brief meetings around town. I will always think of Arie’s warm smile when passing him on the street. We know that he was very proud of his family and their many accomplishments. Pride yourselves in knowing that you enriched his life as much as he did yours. You will continue to be a credit to him as you continue to be successful in your own lives. May warm and happy memories of earlier times enjoyed together soon replace the sadness that weighs upon you now. May your pain be lessened by knowing that others care.
    Sincerely,
    Terry and Patty Atkinson

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  2. Jennifer Herman :

    I have known Mr.deVisser since I was very young. I have fond memories of going to the family home with their daughter Tracy and of church on Sundays. I send the family prayers and hope you too can remember the many fond memories you hold for your dad and husband.

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