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DE JONG, Gerlof (Garry)

Posted By Obits On August 31, 2017 @ 11:09 AM In Chapel Of The Bells Obituaries,Obituary | 5 Comments

DE JONG, Gerlof (Garry)
December 4, 1933 – Lemmer, Friesland, Holland
August 28, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

Garry De Jong, beloved husband of Kim De Jong (nee Sarabjit), of Calgary, Alberta, passed away on Monday, August 28, 2017 at the age of 83 years.

Garry served in the Dutch Marines while living in Holland, and transitioned into the oil and gas industry once he moved to Calgary in 1957 at the age of twenty-four. He had a passion for high level fitness and athletics, and particularly excelled in cycling and speed-skating. With specific regard to cycling, he was a member of Canada’s National Team for a number of years and participated in numerous races around the world representing Canada. In addition, he was instrumental in the initiative to build the Glenmore Velodrome in 1976. Garry also loved to travel, visiting numerous international destinations in his younger years, and subsequently enjoyed trips to Hawaii, spending winters in Arizona, and going on road trips.

Garry is survived by his loving wife, Kim De Jong; his son William De Jong (Franca); grandchildren Bill Jr. and Robert; and his sister Hanna (Palm Springs). He was predeceased by his parents Willem and Charolotta De Jong; his sister Helga (Australia); and brothers Willem, Hans and Klaas (all of Lemmer).

A special thank you to Dr. C.M. Joyce and Garry’s dedicated caregivers, Onofre Garcia, Josephine and Sleuka.

Funeral Services will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North) on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 2:00p.m. Reception to follow at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.

If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to The Alzheimer Society of Calgary, 800, 7015 MacLeod Trail S.W., Calgary, AB T2H 2K6, Telephone: (403)290-0110, www.alzheimercalgary.com.

In living memory of Garry De Jong, 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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Condolence from Danny Shannon on September 1st, 2017 12:51 PM

Hi Bill & Franca & Family,
Very sorry to learn of the loss of your father and grandfather. All the best as you progress through the next few days.

Sincerely,
Danny Shannon

Condolence from Bonnie Leach on September 1st, 2017 1:01 PM

Dear Bill, Franca & Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time of loss.

Condolence from Art and Sandy Fopma on September 2nd, 2017 1:34 PM

Bill, sorry to hear that your Dad did pass away. Our condolences to you and your family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Condolence from Francesca Marciano on September 4th, 2017 10:01 AM

I would like to express my sorrow and heartfelt condolences to you and your family. Sending you love and prayers that God grant you comfort and peace during this difficult time. Although he is departed from this earth, he leaves us with many fond memories that live in our hearts, until we shall all meet again in paradise .
Love Francesca Marciano

Condolence from Dorren / Goldfeldts on September 5th, 2017 12:33 PM

Bill, Franca and family – please know our caring thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. With love, the Dorren/Goldfeldts (Rhonda, Travis & Brice)

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