It is with great sadness, we announce the peaceful passing of Henricus “Harry” Van Boxmeer on Wednesday, January 18, 2023 of Ilderton , at the age of 92. Beloved husband of Tina (Van Bussel) Van Boxmeer for 64 great years. Proud father of Harry (Dawna), Gary (Arlene), Frances (Doug), Joe (Rebecca), Chris (Michelle), and Tina-Marie. Adored Opa of Patrick (Mikayla) and Cameron; Olivia, Scott (Kelley), Jen, Jocelyn, and Leanne; Samantha (Marc), Tristen and Emily; Chloe and Jacqueline; Jacob and Eve and Great-Opa of Brody and an expected great grandson. Dear brother and brother-in-law of Richard and Truus Willems, Gerard and Francine Van Boxmeer, Louis and Lucy Van Boxmeer, from London Ontario, and also Lina Van Den Tillart (Thieu), Marietje and Jas Van Kessel, Ann and Jan Van Burgen, Jan and Joe Van Boxmeer, Theo (Maria) Van Boxmeer, Mien and Harrie Raalijmakers, Piet and Nelly Van Boxmeer, and Joe and Riek Van Boxmeer, all from Holland. Harry will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, the Van Bussel families and many friends.
Harry immigrated to Canada in 1954 with his brother Louis when he was 24 years old. He came to Canada with next to nothing, but quickly settled into his new homeland and started his own business with Louis. Van Boxmeer Construction remains today as a thriving company with the third generation of Van Boxmeer’s easing into the ownership role. It was here in Canada he met his lovely wife Tina Van Bussel and together they raised a wonderful family and taught each of their children the value of hard work. Harry and Tina travelled to various places later in life, including back home to The Netherlands, Alaska, and Australia. Harry was an avid flyer, owning and flying a small private plane through a flying club with Harry Wraith and others, that is still in operation today. Opa’s smart wit, smiles and warm heart will be dearly missed.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Oakcrossing for their care and compassion over the years.
“Tot we elkaar weer ontmoeten”
Visitation will be held at Haskett Funeral Home, 223 Main Street, LUCAN on Tuesday from 2 – 4 and 7 – 9 PM. Registration is required and appreciated. To register, please click “Register Now” below.
Harry’s Funeral Mass will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, 32922 Richmond Street, LUCAN on Wednesday, January 25th at 11 AM with Father Steve Wlusek presiding. Interment St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Lucan.
For those unable to join in person, the family invites you to join with them from the comfort of your home. Stream the service live or at your convenience by visiting www.facebook.com/haskettfh.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer Society Southwest Partners would be appreciated by the family.
Harry, Dawna and family,
I’m so sorry to hear of your father’s passing.
My thoughts are with you during this difficult time
Frances and family.
My sympathy is with you as you remember the uncountable contributions of your father to your life and his community.
Paul & Faye Van Oss.
To the Van Boxmeer Families.
So sorry to hear about Harry’s passing.
Always enjoyed a chat with Harry when I seen him at Huron Tractor.
We always chatted about various things and sometimes about our backgrounds in Holland.
Harry was a really good tradesman and a very fair man to deal with.
Our sincere condolences.
Paul and Faye Van Oss.
The entire Van Boxmeer Family,
Thinking of you during this sad time, the power of faith and family will carry each of you through to smiles and happy memories.
Sandy and Tim
Mike & Rosie Flanagan
Our sympathies on the loss of a great husband, father and grandfather! Remember all those special times you shared with Harry! His legacy lives on through all of you!
Cheryl Ann Letheren
To the Van Boxmeer family:
Harry was an incredible human! He had an amazing life and his legacy lives with his great family. Even at his last visit at my office, Harry still had a twinkle in his eye. I am so sorry for your loss.
Dave & Linda Barr
Our condolences to Tina & family. I got to know Harry both because of my good friend Jeff Roestenberg and also as a competitor in the construction industry. He always had a sharp pencil and we never regretted losing a project to his company. We at least knew it would be built well and with integrity. Now the younger generations will carry on in his footsteps.
Lois and John Bernasconi
Harry always had a twinkle in his eye and a smile on his face.
He was an excellent carpenter who designed and built the hearth around our fireplace.
He will be missed.
To the Van Boxmeer Families
Harry was a good worker when building Huron Tractor. He also would stop and have a little chat and say hello. God Bless your families
Fred and Nellie Swart
Tante Tiny and Family
We want to send our sincere condolence for the loss of Ome Harrie. There are so many memories of an uncle who always wanted to tease. We go back a long ways, to when he lost his fingers, drove us to school in that red truck, when he lived with us, the delicious raisin buns on his wedding day. Helping my mom out after my father his brother Richard passed. The good Lord will find a place in his mansion for him, may God rest his soul.
wilhelmien de Koning
To all of the Van Boxmeer family please accept our sincere condolences on this big loss .
from : Tante Anneke Verbruggen van Boxmeer
Wilhelmien en Martien de Koning
Condolences to the Van Boxmeer family. Our thoughts are with you.
Mia Groenewegen and family
To all of the Van Boxmeer family please accept my sincere condolences on your loss .
Bruce & Carolyn Pollock & Family
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to Everyone in the VanBoxmeef Family. You’re in our thoughts and prayers .
Oud condoleance with the passing of our Uncle Harry, your husband, father, father in law, grand- and great grandfather.
We will remember him as a great, proud man.
Helma en Tonny Vonk- van Boxmeer
(From Uncle Piet&aunt Nelly)
Helen Timmermans MacEvoy
Tina & family
I speak for my family in expressing condolences to you all for the loss of Harry. We have known him for many decades as a friend, loyal customer and an excellent builder/businessman and have many fond memories of him. He was a wonderful man and the world is a darker place with his passing.
The Timmermans Family
Condolence to the VanBoxmeer family
James and Tami Mitchell
We are sorry for your loss. We have many fond memories of Harry Sr throughout the years. Always smiling and happy to see us. Sorry we can’t be with you. Our thoughts are with you and we know you have great memories to hold on to,
Tinie and family my condolences with the passing of your husband ,father,grandfather and great grandchildren,May Harry truly Rest In Peace
Henry en Saskia van Boxmeer
Beste tante Tiny, kinderen, kleinkinderen, familie en vrienden,
Onze oprechte medeleven met het overlijden van ome Harry en in de wetenschap dat jullie de voorbije laatste jaren een zware verzorgende taak hebben gehad. Fijn dat wij elkaar vorige januari nog hebben ontmoet. We koesteren warme herinneringen aan ome Harry en aan jullie als gezin. Ook omgekeerd koesterde ome Harry warme herinneringen aan het kleine dorpje Zijtaart in NoordBrabant waar hij opgroeide in het grote warme gezin van opa Heintje & Mina. Wat waren die trots dat het jullie was gelukt een goed bestaan op te bouwen aan de andere kant van de wereld en nog wel in dezelfde business als opa’s business! Ome Harry’s warm hart ging in Zijtaart altijd uit naar het Bouwbedrijf, het Gilde en de Fanfare. Daarbij niet te vergeten de families die hier waren gebleven of weer waren teruggekeerd naar Holland toen opa dat vroeg om te komen helpen in Bouwbedrijf Van Boxmeer, dat inmiddels overigens 100jr bestaat en daarbij een koninklijk predicaat heeft gekregen. Ome Louis zal als bedrijfscompagnon vast ook mooie herinneringen koesteren aan het bedrijf waar ook hun broer ome Gerard decennia lang zijn bijdrage aan heeft kunnen leveren. Natuurlijk en niet te vergeten gesteund door alle drie de tantes. Canada, vroeger bijna onbereikbaar. Sterkte met het verlies van ome Harry en koester de mooie herinneringen aan hem!
Ook namens ons pap Jan+ van Boxmeer en ons mam Joke van Boxmeer- van Nunen en kinderen.
Jos van Boxmeer
Our condolance with the passing of your husband, father, father in law, grand and great grandfather from
Ome Piet en tante Nelly
Jos en Rianne
Kylie, Giel en dochter Liz
Pat & Cora Ryan
Sending our sincere condolences to the Van Boxmeer family.
Sending my heartfelt condolences to Tina and family. I enjoyed all my time with Harry and enjoyed our walks, bird watching on the back deck, tea and cookies ,listening to him play the drum and sing his happy tune, his love for air planes and everytime one went over us he stopped and looked up and said I did that” . May he rest in peace. You will forever be remembered Harry 💙 Brenda Hutton PSW
Paul & Mary Lou Malone
Tina and all the Van Boxmeer Family
We are so sorry for your loss . Our thoughts and prayers are with you
Paul & Mary Lou Malone
Chris van kasteren
Thinking of you and your family during these tough times. He was a great man, who raised great men, and left an amazing legacy taking care of generations to come. Love you all, and sending my love
Tina Marie and family
My sincerest condolences on the loss of your Dad and Opa. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Jacqueline and family,
I was so sorry to hear of your Opa’s passing. Thinking of you at this time.💕
Shawn, Bev Dayman
Willie & Bill Gilmartin
Tante Tiny and family:
I am so sorry to hear about Ome Harry!! I have truly missed his jovial jolly personality. I’m sure he is amusing his family and friends in the heavens. Wishing you lots of pleasant memories.
I offer my condolences to Tina and all of the family in the loss of Harry. He was a wonderful carpenter while our houses were being built here in Vintage Green, mine included.
Always a smile for anyone he met.
My sincere condolences to the Van Boxmeer Family.
Brenda and Fred Smith
So sorry for your loss
I remember him doing many jobs for the LCBOSTORE264 always loved having a chat with him
Jean & Jeff Van Steensel and Family
We are so sorry for your loss. Our most sincere condolences to you and your family.
We were so sorry to hear about the passing of “Opa” as we knew him. We are sending lots of love to the entire family and know that we are thinking of you during this difficult time and in all the days to come.
Michelle and Bryce Bumstead
Dear Pat & Mikayla
So sorry to read you have lost your beloved Opa.
We know the love and support OPA’s have for their Grandchildren and show it.
Enjoy the stories and memories that are shared as you gather and celebrate Opa’s life with your family and friends.
Our sincere sympathy
Aunt Janice & Uncle Craig
Pete and Pat Van Geleuken
To Joe & Rebecca & the Van Boxmeer Family, Pete & I extend our deepest condolences for your loss.
Dear Pat & Mikayla,
Sending warm hugs your way as you say good-bye to your loved Opa. Your family has shared a small portion of Opa’s life story on this page . A life filled with adventure, hard work and family. We know you share some of his passion for all of those qualities. Hold all of those memories close . In the days ahead there will be more stories to hear and to share. They are treasured gifts. I extend my Sincere Sympathy to your family.
With Love Aunt Margaret
Teresa & Jeff Young
Tiny and the Van Boxmeer Family:
Our thoughts and prayers go to you and the family for the loss of a kind, wonderful may.
Ray and Jette Collins
So very sad to see this today ..great former neighbour…condolences to your whole family…
Cliff and Elaine Webber
Pat and Mikayla,
Sending warm and gentle hugs your way. Treasure all your own memories of your adored Opa and the stories and memories from family, friends, and neighbours that you are bound to hear over the next few days. Our deepest sympathy to all your family Pat.
Aunt Elaine and Uncle Cliff
Tina & family,
I was so sad to read of Harry’s passing. I am sending you my deepest condolences and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.
Van Boxmeer Family
So very sorry for your loss. Harry was a great neighbour down the road when I was growing up, and a true family man. May he rest in peace.
Jane and Paul Van Bilsen
To Tina & Family,
I was so sorry to hear of Harry’s passing. I can remember delivering milk to your house for many years and having good conversations with Tina. You have my deepest condolences!
Anne and Bert Langendyk
To all of the Van Boxmeer Family we are holding you up in prayers and sending you our heartfelt condolences .