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van Galen – Simon

July 22, 1944 – January 31, 2011

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Simon van Galen at the age of 66 years.

Simon was the beloved husband of Wilhelmina van Galen, devoted father of Martijn (Samantha) and Paulien (Mark) and loving Opa to Elie and Joshua. He is survived by 5 siblings. Born in Enkhuizen, the Netherlands, he loved engines, especially diesels. It was a passion that started as a child admiring ships in the harbour. He channelled this enthusiasm into his job as a marine engineer which took him around the world. This journey started with Shell Tankers before immigrating with his family to Canada in 1978. He first found work pursuing his hobby as a heavy duty mechanic. Later he worked for Alberta Distillers allowing him to spend more time at home. However, he loved the sea and was soon again in the engine room with Dome Petroleum. During this time he also obtained his Canadian equivalency degrees and upgraded to become a Chief Marine Engineer. Later he sailed the Atlantic with American Gypsum and then the Great Lakes with Algoma Central Marine. He retired at 63 but not before his love of engines and the sea was captured in a song by David Francey titled “The Chief Engineer” from his 2009 album “Seaway”. Simon embraced his 3 years of retirement. He was extremely generous and would help anyone in need of his skills.  He also channelled his energy into restoring a 1946 Dodge truck. He became a member and president of the Alberta Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society (AB ATHS), member of Pioneer Acres and maintained the locomotive engine at Champion Park.  

 Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S Crowfoot Chapel (82 Crowfoot Circle N.W.), on February 7, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. You may forward condolences to

Cremation has taken place.  In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make donations in Simon’s honour can do so to Pioneer Acres (Box 58, Irricana, AB T0M 1B0) with the request that 50% go to AB ATHS.

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  1. Greg and Susan Hill :

    We were very shocked and sorry to hear the news of Simon’s death. Although we didn’t know him well we will miss seeing him walking in the park and we will miss hearing about your latest travels together. Our thoughts are with you.

    with love from Greg and Susan Hill

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  2. Tim and Liz Sutton :

    We have lost a new but real friend. I was looking forward to seeing his beloved truck and being taken on a trip to the various hostelries he told me of. We laughed together. I was and am proud to be his fellow father in law. salty tears mate. x

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  3. Samantha van Galen :

    So shocked to hear that My father in law passed away – Simon was such a sincere man and I have nothing but kind words to say of him. He will be greatly missed by us all, but I know that Simon’s love of trucks will shine through in our son Joshua. With lots of love, Samantha &Joshua xxxxx

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  4. Andrew Sutton :

    I was saddened to hear about Simon’s death. As the Uncle of Samantha (Martijn’s wife), I met Simon while he and Wilhelmina were in England visiting his Son, Grandson and Samantha. Simon clearly had a varied and full life and was excellent company. I will remember him with fondness.
    I offer his family my sincerest condolences.
    Andrew Sutton.

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  5. As a member of the Historical Truck Society, I know that I can say on behalf of all the group, that we will all miss you.
    Ted Burgman

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  6. Harry & Philippa Pampel :

    We are saddened to hear of Simon’s sudden passing.
    We were hosted by Willy in 1996 during a world Rotary Convention and have kept in touch ever since.
    Our condolences to Willy & all the family.
    Philippa & Harry Pampel – Australia

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