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Johannes Stephanus Van Den Heuvel

February 7, 1956 - October 21, 2012


Van Den Heuvel:  Johannes Stephanus – the family wishes to announce the tragic passing of Hans on October 21, 2012.  Born in Oss, Netherlands on February 7, 1956.  Predeceased by his father Leonardus.  Lovingly remembered by his family: wife Jean and her children Andrew, Erin and Matthew; mother Wilhelmina; siblings Yvonne, twin brother Leo, Rob and his wife Marie-Claire and their family; Jean’s parents Stan and Mary Oakes as well as numerous other family and his friends from the Royal Canadian Legion in Lake Cowichan and from the Duncan Dart League.

A Celebration of Han’s life will be celebrated in the Centennial Hall, 309 South Shore Road in Lake Cowichan on Saturday November 10, 2012 from 1 to 4 pm.  Reverend Vikki Marrs officiating.  Flowers gratefully declined.  If so desired, memorial remembrances may be made in the form of a donation to the Charity of ones choice.


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From: H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff

H.W. Wallace Cremation and Burial Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Jill Oakes and Rick Riewe
Relation: Cousin

Dearest Jean, our thoughts are with you as you gather the strength needed to endure this most tragic loss of your loving Hans….the twinkle in Hans’ eye when he greeted us with a big smile and warmest hug, talking together in your beautiful garden, watching Hans serve up another most scrumptious roast at a family diner, hearing the adventures of you both travelling to Holland to visit family, listening to Hans tell the Oss ‘Bull’ story, Hans made the daily pattern of every-day-life special, we so looked forward to dropping in to the shop for a visit and seeing him walk in your home ready for lunch or a good story – including “The Bikers” dropped by for a visit …we will deeply miss and forever treasure the precious relationship we had with Hans. We send you our love and deepest sympathy and look forward to being there for you in December.
Cuz Jill n Rick

From: Leo van den Heuvel
Relation: His twin brother

Dear Jean and the community of Lake Cowichan,
Needless tosay,that you ‘ve all lost a fantastic husband,butcher,friend and very kind human being.Keep his memory alive, close him into your heart.Never forget his kindness,his smiling and fun he brought to you.
Keep talking about him,so you won’t forget him.

From: Jennifer and Lars
Relation: cousin

Dear Jean, We are deeply saddened by your terrible loss – our love and heart is with you. Treasuring the memories – discussions of lutefisk and other delicacies, good hearty laughter and lovely gentle smiles. Much love to you and the family.

From: Annake Mckay
Relation: cousin

My prayers and thoughts go out to Jean and her family at this great time of loss.Hans was such a happy man.Always smiling and had a laugh that came from so deep down from his heart.He will be greatly missed.Take comfort in your memories, he may be gone from this place earth but he will always be in your heart.♥

From: Jim and Betty Rae
Relation: cousin

To the family in this tragic loss. My most fondest memory would be as a young teenager visiting Holland and hanging out with Hans. He was always thoughful and kind and yes that very beautiful smile he always had was very genuine. Rest in Peace cousin. Betty

From: Pat and Kelley Heslop
Relation: friends

Hans, We miss you. Your infectious, cheerful smile and positive outlook, greeted us every time we saw you. I wonder if you even realized how many people admired you? We certainly did. There are not many individuals on this planet who have the ability to leave people feeling better and happy about themselves after a long day. You had that ability, that bright spark and natural inner kindness that touched our hearts. The void left in our community is immense without you in it. Our thoughts are with you, your wife and your family. I remember joking with you about putting the Golden Bull on your house. Everytime we drive passed your home now we think of you. You are so saddley missed.

From: John And Judith Savage
Relation: friend

When ever we walked into Hans’ shop there was always wonderful music playing from the radio. We asked Hans the name of the station and tuned it into our car radio. From then on it became known as the ‘Butcher’s Station’. When we listen to the station we will always think of our friend and neighbour. We will truly miss him. Our thoughts are with dear Jean and his family.

From: Paul and Jane Manning
Relation: We are frequent customers.

We were stunned and saddened to read of Han’s passing. For the past 15 years we have enjoyed purchasing so many delicious items from his shop.Not only did we enjoy the food but his suggestions were helpful and often put into practice. No one can provide a better ham!
We will also miss his welcoming “Hello” and gentle smile.

From: Albert and Audrey Wilson
Relation: Friend

To Hans, my wife and I were so saddened to hear of your passing, simply put; shockingly heartbreaking.
To Hans’ family; We knew Hans from his time on Quadra Island. He was a stellar member of our Legion here and a wonderful teammate on our dart team.
Hans and a few friends came to our home just prior to Christmas one year for cheers and general merrymaking. Our drink of choice was rum and eggnog, that is until Hans asked for another “egg and rumnog”.
Each Christmas from here on, I will raise my glass of egg and rumnog and remember my friend.
Hans will never leave this earth until there are no more people to carry him in memory. Peace and love to those closest to him. Our prayers are with you.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
November 10, 2012
Beginning at 1:00pm

Centennial Hall
309 South Shore Road
Lake Cowichan, BC Canada

309 South Shore Road
Lake Cowichan, BC Canada

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