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1939 – Harkema, Netherlands
2013 – Cochrane, Alberta

Albert beloved husband of Hiltje “Hillie” Vander Veen (nee Van der Meer) of Cochrane, AB, passed away at home on December 4, 2013 at the age of 74 years.

Albert immigrated to Canada from Holland as a young boy of 9 in 1948. His family settled and farmed in the Bottrel area. He met his love, Hillie, in Calgary and they married in 1965. Shortly after they moved to the farm, where he enjoyed a great life farming and raising their family and enjoying their grandchildren. He was an active member in the Bottrell community and had left behind many great friends and neighbours.

Albert leaves behind wonderful memories with his loving wife of 48 years, Hillie; beloved son and daughter-in-law, Henry and Michelle; beloved daughter and son-in-law, Colleen and Lyle; four wonderful grandchildren, Christoper, Jocelyn, Kesha and Kaylee, who were the joys of his life; his siblings, Ed (Gretha), Jess (Harriet), Lola (Steve), Winnie (Henk), John (Joanne), Greben (Charlene); sister-in-laws, Lee, Joanna and Corrie; Hillie’s siblings, Theunis, Frank, Marion, Darlene, Raink, Klaas, Marie, Frances, Marg, Sid and their families. He was predeceased by his brothers, Phil, Hank and Klaas; and in-laws, Hank, John, Jim, Simon and Kathy.

A Celebration of Albert’s Life held at The Cochrane Ranchehouse (101 Ranchehouse Road, Cochrane, AB T4C 2K8), on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Parkinson’s Society of Southern Alberta, #102, 5636 Burbank Crescent S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 1Z6 Telephone: (403) 243-9901,

In living memory of Albert Vander Veen, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane Funeral Home, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE. Telephone: (403) 932-4740.

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  1. Hilbrand Boschma :

    Condolances with the loss of Uncle Albert.
    Folle stertke foar de kommende tiid.

    Hilbrand and Irene

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  2. Barb Latimer and Bob McArthur :

    Hillie and family, we want you to know how much we appreciated knowing Albert. He was always friendly to us and seemed to have a gentle manner.
    From Bob: The time that I spent with Albert getting his plow to cooperate was quite meaningful to me, because I shared the farming background with him and it seemed that we had a common understanding.

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  3. Kyle Vandermeer :

    Aunty Hillie and Family,
    Condolances for your loss. Fond memories of time spent with you and uncle Albert will always be remembered.

    Kyle & Vanessa Vandermeer

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  4. Hillie, Henry, Colleen along with all the Vanderveen Family,
    Kevin and I offer our deepest condolences on the passing of you husband, father, grandfather. May all of you be filled with many great memories and love.
    Lorna, Kevin, Stephanie, Janine and Joel Hansen

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  5. Wayne Marsland :

    Hillie, Henry, and Colleen, I wanted to send my deepest sympathy to you all. Albert was a good neighbor and a great friend who was always willing to lend a helping hand without any reservations. I will miss seeing him when I am home. I will stop and see you Hillie when I get back home.
    Your friend,
    Wayne Marsland

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  6. Harry and Lucy Stienstra :

    Hillie and Family.
    Our condolences to all of you, with te loss of Albert. We fondly remember and cherisch the nice Sunday afternoon we had with you and Albert.
    Harry and Lucy Stienstra
    Surhuisterveen, The Netherlands.

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  7. Judy VanDerMeer :

    Hillie, You and your family have our deepest sympathy.
    We have many happy memories of days with you and Albert at the farm. We often talk of the
    colt that would run up to Albert and jump up with his hooves on Albert’s shoulders
    Judy and family

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  8. Our deepest sympathy to you Hillie.
    It was an honor and a pleasure to know Albert. We enjoyed chatting and working with him. He definitely enriched our lives. Our time with both of you has many great memories and we hope the wonderful life the two of you had will help ease your loss.
    Sandra and John, and Sheila

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