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November 18, 1920 – April 1, 2013

Gus Andre Van Wielingen, born on November 18, 1920, in Stockholm Sweden, passed away on April 1, 2013, in Calgary, Alberta, in the presence of his loving family.

Gus is survived by Elizabeth Van Wielingen (den Hamer), his life partner and beloved spouse of 63 years, and by his three children Margaret and spouse Greg Durst, Robert and spouse Brenda Van Wielingen (Schurman), and Mac and spouse Susan Van Wielingen (Craig), and his four grandchildren Jonathan Durst and fiancée Katrina Mclaughlin, Laura Labelle (Van Wielingen) and husband Olivier, Adam, Robert and fiancée Cat Wood, and one great grandchild Sophia Labelle.

Gus was raised in Amsterdam and attended the University of Amsterdam, where he completed a degree in Chemical Engineering. Gus’s life was interrupted and heavily impacted by the Nazi invasion and occupation of the Netherlands and the onset of WW2. Gus was active in the Dutch resistance and experienced first hand the distress and horrors associated with the war in Europe. After the war, in June of 1945, he formally entered the Royal Netherlands Forces in South Sumatra, Indonesia.

In November of 1947, in Indonesia, he joined N.V. Standard-Vacuum Petroleum as an engineer, which was the beginning of what became a long and distinguished career in the oil and gas industry.

In Indonesia, Gus met his future wife Elizabeth den Hamer, who had been raised in Indonesia, and who also endured the torment of WW2 as it affected the Dutch in Indonesia. On October 6, 1949, Gus and Elizabeth were married in Singapore.

In 1951, they immigrated to Canada, with two very young children, Margaret and Robert, and with extremely limited financial resources. They settled in Calgary where Gus foresaw great change and opportunity in the energy sector.

Gus’s first job was with Canadian Gulf Oil Company. He subsequently worked for Sproule & Associates as a reservoir engineer. In the early 1970s Gus demonstrated his own entrepreneurial passion through the creation of Sulpetro, which grew to significant prominence, and again late in his career with the creation of Nugas. In all his entrepreneurial and business activities Gus consistently demonstrated a “can do” attitude.

Gus served as the Honorary Consul of the Netherlands in Calgary from August 1985 to January 1997.

In April 1996, the Queen of the Netherlands nominated Gus Van Wielingen for the Knight in the Order of Orange-Nassau, in recognition of his service to the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Gus was multilingual, speaking English, Dutch, Indonesian, and some French and German, and he had an enduring avid interest in history and world affairs throughout his life.

A private memorial service is to be held by the family.

An open “Celebration of Life” for Gus will be held Monday, April 29, 2013 at 4:30 to 7:30 pm, at the Calgary Golf and Country Club, with formal sharing commencing at 5:30.

Condolences may be forwarded through Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the United Way of Calgary and Area, #600, 1202 Centre Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 5A5 Telephone: (403) 231-6265,

In living memory of Gus Van Wielingen, 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. Johannes Vervloed, Consul General of the Netherlands :

    Dear Family of Gus van Wielingen,
    It is with much sadness that I heard about the passing away of our former Honorary Consul. Our present Honorary Consul, Mrs. Irene Bakker, informed me about this tragic occurrence. I have not had the pleasure of knowing Mr. van Wielingen on a personal basis, but I have heard many interesting stories about the time he was our Consul. The Netherlands is grateful for what he has done for our country. This has been expressed during his life, in 1996, as is mentioned in the Obituary. He was knighted in the Order of Orange-Nassau. Please accept my condolences.
    Johannes Vervloed
    Consul General of the Netherlands for West Canada

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  2. Benta and Jay Ackerman :

    Our deepest sympathies to Betsy, Bob, Mac, Marg and Families.

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  3. Jean & Bill Buchanan :

    Betsy & Family, Being associated with Gus as his security consultant for many years I was honoured to assist in many phases of both his professional & private life. Gus was a legend in his own time! He will be sadly missed.
    Bill Buchanan Chief/Supt. RCMP (Rtd.)

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  4. Wim and Marijke Jalink :

    Dear van Wielingen family, our deepest sympathy with the passing of Gus. We have met Gus many times at activities by the Dutch community in Calgary. We worked closely under Gus’ guidance during the 1988 Winter Olympics and the State Visit to Canada in 1988 by HM Queen Beatrix and her late husband HRH Prince Claus. We will remember Gus not only in our hearts but also in our photo albums. Because we will be abroad Wim and I will not be able to attend the Celebration of Life for Gus.

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  5. Margaret & Hannes Scholz :

    Dear Betsy, Our deepest sympathy to you and your family. So sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you. May God give you comfort.
    Margaret & Hannes

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  6. Barbara Marshall :

    Dear Betsy, Marg, Bob & Mac. My most sincere condolences to you all in the loss of your beloved husband and father. I feel honoured to have met Gus when I moved him into Evergreen and so enjoyed every minute I spent in the company of both Gus and Betsy. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Warmly, Barbara Marshall

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  7. Lee & Liz Thompson :

    What many do not realize is the great supporter of the Calgary Military Community that Gus was.
    I had met Gus through the Oil Industry and thought I knew him well enough that when I became Chairman of the Military Museums I asked Gus to join the Board of Directors of the Museum. Gus served on the Board for over a decade and his contributions were invaluable. He had a genuine interest and concern for the members of Canada’s Armed Forces. His face was seldom missing at a Regimental Parade of the Calgary units. Near to my own heart Gus really supported our local Militia (Reserve Army)Units.
    He was loved and respected by all men and women in uniform, he was a great friend a great gentleman and a great Canadian.
    On behalf of the Calgary Military Community our sincere condolences to all members of the family.
    Colonel (ret’d) Lee S Thompson
    former Commander South Alberta Militia District

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  8. Claudette Shaw :

    I count myself very lucky to have worked for Sulpetro as my first foray into the Alberta Oil and Gas industry. I felt comfortable talking with Gus from the moment I stepped into his office to ask about an invoice for a new Jet. I always thought of Gus as an employees, employer. He always had not only the best interests of his company at heart but also his employees. I have always tried to emulate his caring easy going style that he showed me with my staff. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. Claudette Shaw

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  9. Tony VandenBrink :

    I have known Gus for many years, he has inspired many of us by his many accomplishments and his approach to life. He was indeed the captain of his soul. Betsy and family, please accept our condolences. Kay and Tony.

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  10. Gerald and Anna Maier :

    We extend our sincere condolences to Elizabeth Van Wielingen and all members of the family. Gus was a long term friend and an integral cog in the development and maturation of the Canadian petroleum industry. All of Canada is indebted to him.

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  11. Honourable Nick Taylor :

    I will miss him and the political arguments we used to have. Our birthdays were only one day apart but this closeness did not always pertain in our discussions.
    Rest in Peace Gus, and may heaven love thoe awful smelling Dutch cigars you loved.

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  12. Dear Betsy, Please know that our heart felt condolences go out to you and your family at this most difficult time, we all shared with Jim his joy and fond memories of many years in the company of you both. Sincerely the Burroughs Family

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  13. Kai and Margrit Mortensen :

    Our sincere condolences and our heartfelt sympathies to you Betsy and your family. Know that you are all in our thoughts and in our prayers.

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  14. Deborah Ross :

    Please accept my most heartfelt sympathies for your loss. My thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow. No words can really help to ease the loss you bear, just know that you are very close in every thought and prayer. As you grieve, please know that we are remembering you and honouring the memory of “Gus”.
    With love and hugs, Deborah Ross & the Ross Family

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  15. Michael, Lydia, Alexis, Chanel Palmer :

    Dear Van Wielingen Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
    Gus was an amazing person and was so helpful during my KLM days in Calgary. Gus was such a goodwill Ambassador for us during the mid 80s/90s. He was so proud when he become one of our VIP “Flying Dutchmen” members.
    What an incredible life! Gus, you will be missed.
    With deepest sympathy,

    Michael, Lydia, Alexis & Chanel Palmer
    Calgary, AB

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  16. Neeltje den Hamer :

    Beste Betsy,
    Als kleindochter van Jan den Hamer, broer van uw vader Andries, wil ik u alsnog condoleren met het verlies van uw man.
    Vriendelijke groet en beste wensen,
    Neeltje den Hamer
    The Netherlands

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