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OTJES, Gerrit Albertus Johannes (Harry)

December 29, 1922 – Amsterdam, The Netherlands
October 22, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Harry Otjes passed away peacefully at the Dr. Fanning Centre on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at the age of 90 years.

Born in Amsterdam, Harry immigrated to Calgary in 1948. He started as a shop mechanic and due to his strong work ethic soon owned several businesses. He was President of the Multicultural Center and founder of the Multicultural Choir.

Harry is survived by his loving wife Alida of sixty-five years; sons Robert (Lise), Tom (Karen), Bruce (Kathy); six grand daughters, three great-grandsons and many nieces and nephews in Canada and Holland. He is also survived by his sister Mary (Jan) and brother Joop (Atie).

A Memorial Service will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Park Memorial Elboya Chapel (5008 Elbow Drive S.W. Calgary, AB) on Monday, October 28, 2013 at 3:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Carewest Dr. Vernon Fanning Centre, 722 16 Avenue NE, Calgary, Alberta, T2E 6V7, Telephone: 403-230-6900 or to the Kidney Foundation of Canada, 6007 – 1A Street S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 0G5 Telephone: (403) 255-6108, www.kidney.ca.

In living memory of Harry Otjes, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Our intimate involvement with this loss, Heidi and Karl Hofman

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  2. Marge and Gab Aubin :

    Our sympathy to you and your family Tom

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  3. Always near you

    May you find strength
    in the love of your family
    in the warm embrace
    of friends who walk beside you
    unseen, unheard, but always near.

    On behalf of the Hofman family in Holland our sincere condolences. We wish you a lot of strength in this difficult time.

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  4. Mike and Tina Foster :

    We are very sorry to hear about Uncle Harry. I am glad I got to see him last week with Mary and Jan and the rest of the Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

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  5. Ali and Family,
    My sincere condolences on the passing of Harry. We met both of you on 3West at the Fanning. Harry and Mac were good buddies until Harry moved to another floor.
    May he rest in peace and you look after yourself. If you would like to meet and talk, please email me as I understand what you are going through.
    Best Wishes.

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  6. Sylvia and Dustin :

    “What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.” Helen Keller

    Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

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  7. It was my pleasure to drive Harry back and forth from Fanning. I was glad to help him spend a fair bit of the time of his last days in his home with his family. Thank you for having me drive him. All the best to Mrs. Otjes, Bob, Bruce, and all other members of the Otjes family for the future.

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