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It is with great sadness and sorrow that our family wish to announce the passing of Johan (Hans) Edmond Berlie, in his 71st year in Oshawa, Ontario Canada. He was predeceased by his parents Wilhelmus Berlie and Margaret Berlie (nee van Hees). Father of his beloved children: Monique Spooren (Alex), Jenny Schrurs (Maurits), Karin (deceased), Hans Snelders (Janneke Moonen) and five grandchildren Dani, Brent, Ties, Guusje and Daan. He will be sorely missed by his sister, Margaret vom Dorff (Bernd), niece Monika Borst (Mike) and great-niece Maggie, nephew, Karl vom Dorff as well as his extended family and many friends in both Canada & Europe.
Hans was born in the Netherlands and immigrated to Canada with his parents in 1952. He grew up in Canada, but moved back to the Netherlands as a young man and attained a technical career in electronics working for Philips of Eindhoven. During this period he married and started his family there.
Tragically, in his mid-thirties Hans suffered a devastating and catastrophic motor vehicle accident that left him with a permanent disability. He moved back to Canada shortly thereafter working hard to make a living. Among his many talents and jobs, he was a small business owner, DJ, major radio station host/disc jockey, welder and courier - he never let his disability get in the way and was admired for his will and determination.
Despite eventually becoming a double-amputee due to complications from the motor vehicle accident earlier in life, and suffering from systemic pain, Hans loved life, wore a smile on his face, and always had a joke up his sleeve. He brought humour to any gathering and lightened and brightened up the faces of all around him. When you asked him how he was, the answer was always ‘I’m Grrrrrreat!. He had such an admirable and positive outlook on life.
Hans will be leaving a large hole in his small Canadian family and family abroad, but we believe he is in a better place where he will suffer no more. May God bless his soul and may he rest in peace.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be no service at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Lakeridge Health Oshawa Critical Care Unit or CAMH.
Hallo Margaret, Bernd, en verdere familie ! Gecondoleerd met het overlijden van je dierbare broer Hans ! Ik hoorde dit verdrietige nieuws via Lia. Ook Hans zijn kinderen en kleinkinderen heel véél sterkte gewenst met dit grote verlies ! Hartelijke groeten van Bobby en Astrid Cobussen .
Gecondoleerd met dit enorme verlies van jullie vader .opa en man en broer veel sterkte wij leven in gedachte met jullie mee Nico en Antoinette
May the happy times that you shared growing up with your brother help ease your grief during this challenging time. Sterkte van ons allen. Met veel liefs.
Margret en verdere familie gecondoleerd met het verlies van jullie broer, pappa en opa. Heel veel sterkte in de toekomst in goede gezondheid. Groet Rudy.
Margot and family I am so sorry for your loss, I didn't know your brother, but heard you and your mom talk of him often. Thoughts and prayers are with you
Gecondoleerd met het overlijden van Hans !! Héél veel sterkte gewenst met dit grote verlies !! Hartelijke groeten uit Milsbeek ( Nederland) Liefs Lia en Wim en familie !!
A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:
A Memorial Donation has been made to the following charity:
Gecondoleerd met het verlies van jouw broer, schoonbroer, vader, schoonvader, opa, oom, familielid, vriend, oud collega en kennis. Ik hoop dat jullie met elkaar de kracht vinden om dit grote verlies te verwerken. Achter elke traan die blinkt, schuilt een fijne herinnering. Sterkte allemaal. Groet van oudste nicht uit Nederland Wout van Laake
My sincere condolences for the loss of your brother, father and family member.
Margaret and Carl so sorry for the loss of your brother and uncle may he rest in peace
Lieve familie. Gecondoleerd met dit grote verlies van jullie Hans. Hij kwam vroeger vaak bij mijn ouders in Beers .Woutje en Gerard van Laake-Berlie. Wens jullie allemaal heel veel sterkte. Liefs Dorien v Laake
Cecondoleerd met het overlijden van Hans. We wensen jullie allemaal heel veel sterkte. Henri en Ricky
Lieve Familie. Gecondoleerd met het verlies van Hans, Heb Hans in de begin jaren zeventig leren kennen in Beers bij de familie van Laake waar hij weleens logeerde en zijn opa van 104 bezocht dat is al weer lang geleden. Wens jullie heel veel sterkte met dit verlies. Lieve groet Mia van Laake-Smits.
So sorry to hear about the loss of John....John and I shared ALOT of great memories in our partner relationship ,sometimes it does not always seem to work out as planned but I truly still cared very much for John.We still carried on a friendship till the end,with phone calls up to two days before his passing and many of run inns....He always had a positive look at life....I sure do remember him always saying when asked how things are or how you doing...Great or just I'm great..Rest easy John you will forever have a big piece of my heart..Till we meet again ..Love Rose xo...My condolences to his whole family and friends
We want to show our sympathy on the loss of your father, grandfather, brother and uncle Hans. We /I have very good memories from the times we met each other in Grave. We wish you all to have strength to go further without him, but keep the memory in your hearts. Margriet, Jeffrey, Janine.
wij hebben mooie herinneringen aan hans. wim is jaren met hem naar noorwegen gegaan om te vissen. en met oud en nieuw was het altijd feest in hapert. we zijn ook twee keer bij hem geweest in canada,dat was ook heel erg leuk. dus alleen maar mooie momenten.
Van harte gecondoleerd met het overlijden van Hans. Ik heb mooie herinneringen aan de bezoekjes die Hans ons bracht in Zaandam. Heel veel sterkte en liefs van José Franse Berlie
Hello Margaret: I am sorry to hear that Hans has passed on. He truly had a good sense of humor and I know that he will be missed by you and the rest of his family. I hope that you remember all the good things that you shared with him. Sincerely. Ed
Rest in Peace dad. I love you so much, and I'm glad we talked together 2 weeks ago, on a video call. Your now an Angel. And i hope you visit me in my dreams. I will never forget you, your in my heart. Bye and someday we meet each other again. Much love from your daughter and son in law, Jenny and Maurits. Xoxoxo
So very sorry for your loss dear friends, and will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Family love is everything, and your family has an abundance of that, which will bring comfort and support to each other. Love from MaryRose & family xxoxx