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ter Harmsel, Art “Arend”

June 24, 1931 – Kruiningen, Netherlands
May 19, 2013 – Calgary, AB

Art’s loving wife of 56 years, Joan “Tjiske” and his two cherished daughters, Corinne (Scott) Wilkinson and Joanne (Janet) have sadly lost a Husband, a Dad, and a best friend on May 19, 2013 at the age of 81 years. To the world, he may have been one person. But to us, he was our world – a man who taught compassion, respect and a keen appreciation for living life to its fullest.

Art was born in Holland where he lived as a teenager through World War II. From a family of nine children, he is survived by one brother and three sisters, as well as many nieces and nephews. When asked to help in a bakery at age nine, Art knew as soon as his hands kneaded dough, that he wanted to be a baker. But first, he had to serve his compulsory military service becoming a Green Beret and peace-keeper in Suriname. Born with a sense of adventure, Art immigrated to Canada in 1954, landing in Edmonton where he married and settled into his baking career. Soon family came along with Corinne (Snook) in 1960 and Joanne (Snookie) three years later. He worked in several bakeries, before opening his own Art’s Bake House. In 1970, a move to Calgary culminated in a baking instructor position at SAIT, teaching thousands of students who now work in and own bakeries of their own. After making a wedding cake for a friend, word of mouth started a second home business where Art made over 1,000 wedding cakes. Retiring from SAIT in 1989, Art loved nothing more than enjoying his home. An avid gardener, he built a greenhouse for his tomatoes and cucumbers. A favorite past time was building birdhouses, and watching the sparrows prepare for spring. He still baked at home, was a huge hockey fan, loved to putter with his work tools and enjoyed playing crib as he was a provincial champion. All his life, he loved sports of any kind – playing and spectating.

During the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, Art prepared food and served thousands of athletes in Olympic Village, as well as helping construct the huge Olympic cake. He was a very proud member of the Calgary Academy of Chefs, the Canadian Federation of Chefs de Cuisine, was certified as a Chef Pattisier-Confiseur and competed in the Culinary Olympics. He earned a bronze medallion in the 1975 Culinary Arts Competition. Art was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 264, serving on many committees including Remembrance Day and the Colour Party.

A Celebration of Art’s life will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2013 at the Northminster United Church (3311 Centre Street NW) at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through Friends and family who wish to make a donation in his name can do so to the Calgary Flames Foundation which will ensure a lasting impact to the Calgary community Art loved.

In living memory of Art ter Harmsel a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.

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  1. Marilynn Sander on behalf of SAIT's Alive :

    Sincere condolences to the family of Art ter Harmsel. He made a difference and will be missed by many.
    SAIT’s Alive (retired and former colleagues from SAIT)

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  2. William ter Harmsel (nephew), Fonthill, Ontario :

    Tante Tjiske, Corinne, Joanne,
    It was only a few years ago that Karen and I had the privilege to vist your house, and Oom Arend pulled our all the stops to bake croissants, buns for a great take-out lunch for our trip to Banff! It was so nice to be able to visit. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    Much love, William ter Harmsel (nephew), Fontill, Ontario

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  3. Audrey Claly :

    Just thinking of you, Joan. Our prayers are with you. With love from Audrey, Susan, Shawn, Sarah, Meishka and Amanda.

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  4. Darlene Fedoroshyn :

    Cor, Joanne and family:
    So sorry for your loss. May the memories you have of your Dad comfort you and give you strength.
    My sincere condolences,

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