Born in Krabbendijke, Zeeland, the Netherlands on November 24, 1929.
At South Huron Hospital, Exeter on Friday, September 8, 2017 of Grand Bend in his 88th year. Dear son of the late Anthonie Hirdes and Sanna (nee Suzanne de Waal) Hirdes. Beloved husband of the late Anna (van Loon). Dear father and father-in-law of Tony Hirdes and partner Anne-Marie Bergeron of Stratford, Case and Lily Hirdes of Peterborough, John and Bonnie Hirdes of Elora and daughter-in-law Debbie Hirdes of Stratford. Dear grandfather of Heather and Mike, Beth and Rob, and Janel; Sarah, Shaun and Brooke, Adam and Kristina, and Samantha; and Daniel; and great-grandfather of Tess, Cole, Theo, Ethan, Sidney, Adrian, Ashton, Aden, Kian, Ryker, and Duke. Dear brother of Miep Visker of Sommelsdyk, the Netherlands. Predeceased by brother Adriaan Hirdes.
Family acknowledgement of sponsorship to Canada in 1966 by Bertrand Grenier, of Saint-Georges de Beauce (Quebec).
Friends may call at the Haskett Funeral Home, 370 William Street, (1 street west of Main) Exeter on Tuesday from 5-9 PM. The funeral service will be held at the Exeter Christian Reformed Church, 330 Huron Street West, Exeter on Wednesday, September 13th at 1 PM with Pastor Kevin teBrake officiating. Immediately following the service, there will be a lunch held in the church hall, followed by interment at Pinery Cemetery, Grand Bend.
Donations to Cystic Fibrosis Canada-London Chapter would be appreciated by the family.