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KRIST, Pieter   

April 28, 1932 – Hilversum, The Netherlands
May 28, 2018 – Airdrie, Alberta

Pieter Krist beloved husband of Ellen of Airdrie, passed away on May 28, 2018, at the age of 86 years.

Pieter was born in Hilversum to Oene Krist and Sophia Margaretha Helena Anna LeBelle, the youngest of 7 children.

Pieter is survived by his sons Christian, Peter, Johannes (Darlene), Edward, Allen and daughter Annie (Richard) Simon. He is also survived by 22 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Pieter is fondly remembered by innumerable foster children and many friends. Family and friends each recall a special moment regarding his community involvement and love of sports, ballroom dance and a good dance party.

Pieter has been predeceased by his first wife Christine Ring, son Roelof (Marge), daughter-in-law Fiona, grandson William, great-grandson Maurice, his parents and siblings.

Pieter served in Koninklijke Landmacht as Sargent and weapons instructor, receiving an honourable discharge in 1953. After obtaining both his trade and business certificates Pieter found Canada offered more opportunities than post-war Holland.

Pieter and his family immigrated to Toronto in 1954.

After working with Underwood Typewriters the family moved to Prince Albert in 1964. There he formed and operated Unitech Office Equipment. Many businesses in northern Saskatchewan benefited from his exemplary technical skills.

Pieter and Christine provided a loving home for many foster children for seven years, including advocating with city, provincial and federal governments for changes in the Child Welfare Acts.

His community involvement was known thoughout Prince Albert. As was his involvement as President with both the Prince Albert Optimist and Oakville Optimist Clubs. Pieter was awarded the Optimist Golden Circle President’s Award for his contributions to club development.

In 1972 Pieter and Ellen married and moved to Calgary in 1981.

Again, community involvement is evident in his work as Social Chairman of the Dutch Canadian Club of Calgary, and he holds the record for the highest Mars in the Schopen Negen Klaverjas Club history.

As a child in occupied Amsterdam Pieter developed the ability to maintain a zest for life and to gather people. This continued throughout his life and is best reflected in the Optimist Creed:

Promise Yourself

To be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind.
To talk health, happiness and prosperity to every person you meet.
To make all your friends feel that there is something in them.
To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true.
To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best.
To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own.
To forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future.
To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living creature you meet a smile.
To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others.
To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, too strong for fear, and too happy to permit the presence of trouble.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Paul’s Catholic Church (1305 Main Street Airdrie, AB) on Saturday, June 2 at 11:00 A.M.  Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.The family especially thanks staff at Extendicare Hillcrest and Bethany Airdrie for their caring and support during Pieter’s final years. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your local charity which supports children in need.

In living memory of Pieter Krist , a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Airdrie, 300 TOWERLANE DRIVE, AIRDRIE, AB. Telephone: 403-948-1100.

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  1. Chris Krist :

    Dad will be missed , he did so much for everyone with commitment to what he was doing. He did so much for me while he was here. Lets remember his stories he told and his vast knowledge of how to repair things.
    Pieter, Johnny, Eddy , Annie, and Allan, remember the good times.

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  2. My condolences to the family, sorry to hear about Opa’s passing. He was always full of stories, a good cook, he was always willing to help when help was needed and he was such a sweet man. He is greatly missed!

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  3. Jeffrey Krist :

    I’m sorry for the loss. My condolences goes to the whole family. Great to read about his life and how much he did for the community. May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace.

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  4. Alphonsa Schuuring :

    To all my family in Canada, I regret that I did not know the last surviving brother of my mother, I wish you strength for the coming time and hope you
    will remember him without love and cherish the good memories of him.
    Love Alphonsa.

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  5. Cynthia Paradis and Phil Paradis :

    Special condolences from Phil and Cynthia.
    It is a great loss to the living left behind but a great blessed journey for Pieter. We will you all the best in overcoming your loss.

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  6. Marge Krist :

    Dad will be greatly missed by all.
    We all have great memories.
    Marge (daughter-in law) Ron

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  7. Joyce Harris :

    Dad I will always remember your kindness and accepting me as one of your family. You were my dad when I lost my own father. I will truly miss you and regret not seeing you as much during the time you were here. I know that I will carry those memories of the time I spent with you, mom and Peter.They must be happy to see you in the spirit world…you will be missed.

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  8. Sorry for your loss

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  9. Deepest condolences from Danielle, Brad and myself. I know how much dedication you and the girls had for your dad during his years in Calgary.

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  10. alida thomas :

    We would like to express our sincere condolences to your family.
    Alida (Krist) and Alec Thomas

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  11. Johannes Krist :

    Dad will be missed by all and as he looks down on all of us who were touched by his open heart and leadership. Now he’s sitting with mom and our oldest brother Ron. I can honestly say – You may be gone Dad but never forgotten. RIP Dad give Mom & Ron a hug for me.

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  12. Brian, Grace, Lucas and Jadine Krist :

    Please accept our Deepest Sympathy for your loss.

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  13. Deanna Krist :

    Dearest Opa, I had the pleasure of knowing you only for a short time. I enjoyed our time together and I was always entertained by your jokes and stories. I always thought we would meet again so you could meet your great grandchildren. You were a special man. May you rest in peace.

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