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John Van Dyke Kinsella

March 25, 2012 - August 4, 2012


John Van Dyke Kinsella
March 25, 1946 – August 4, 2012
It is with deep sadness we announce the passing of John Van Dyke Kinsella after a brief and courageous battle with cancer.
Survived by his beloved wife, Anna, of 46 years and their five children Lee Anne (Luigi), Dawn, Nick (Emma), Kyle (Lacy) and Jodi; grandchildren Amber, Josiah, Sierra, Imajica, Giuliana, Aidan, Lorenzo and numerous nieces and nephews. Also survived by his two sisters Marilyn Kinsella, Canmore, AB and Judy (Don) McCaffery of Kanata, ON. He will be sadly missed by his close friends Erle and Sandy, Joyce and John.
Van was born in Montreal, QB and was the youngest and only son of Nicolas and Ida Leona Kinsella. He met and married Anna in Montreal in 1966 where LeeAnne and Dawn were born. They moved to Kitimat, BC in 1970 where they had Nick and Kyle and then packed up and moved to Duncan, BC in 1973 where Jodi was born.
Van started his career as a lab technician in the aero space industry, worked for Alcan in Kitimat and moved on to his 36 year career as a bleach plant operator at the Crofton Mill where he retired in 2010.
He was very involved in his children”s lives, coaching or umpiring all of their ball teams. He loved to entertain and cook for his family and friends. He had a passion for music and fine wine and will always be remembered for his extensive hot sauce collection and love for spicy food.
His greatest love was his grandchildren. He was always there when they needed him. Each one held a special place in his heart. You could find him at school plays, on the beach, at the movies, dance recitals and often picking them up from school and taking them out for a treat.
The family wishes to thank Dr. Tom Rimmer and Dr. Stacey MacDonald for their exceptional care and support as well as the nursing staff on 2 South at Cowichan District Hospital. They would also like to thank Justin at Festubert Pharmacy, the Catholic Women”s League, Father Alfredo of St. Edwards Parish and the Cowichan Valley Hospice who stood by our family during this difficult time.
A mass will be held at St. Edward”s Church, 2085 Maple Bay Rd., on Monday, August 13th, 1:00 pm. Reverend Alfredo Montacelli Celebrant.
In lieu of flowers a donation to the Cowichan Valley Hospice would be greatly appreciated.
To a wonderful husband, dad and grandpa, we will miss you.
Thank you for being a big part of our lives. You will live forever in our hearts.


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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: Stephanie Paddle (Witzaney)
Relation: I know Leanne & Luigi

Hi Leanne and Family; I’m so sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. I remember him cooking the family dinner before your wedding; he was such a great host and so happy. Cherish the happy memories; you’re in my thoughts and prayers.
Love Stephanie

From: Guy & Kelly Copley
Relation: ex inlaws

We just wanted to say how sorry we are to hear of the passing of Van.
Our thoughts are with your family.

From: Lynda vanHell-Everts
Relation: family friend

Anna,Leanne ,Dawn.Nick,Kyle,Jodie

My heart goes out to all of you
Van was a amazing husband ,father ,grandfather and friend
He was soon proud of his family
I have many fond memories as a teenage hanging out at the Kinsella,s house
Thank you Van for being a part of my life

From: Terry & Elaine Evans
Relation: Friend & neighbour

Anna and family
Our thoughts are with you all.
Terry, Elaine and family

From: Jeannette and Michele Galavan
Relation: It began with dancing.

Anna and family, Michele and l are so sorry to hear of Van’s passing. I have many fond memories of Van. Special memories are of Van’s 50th birthday, Michele and Jody dancing together and of course ” La Boeme.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

From: Brett Walker
Relation: Friend

Dear Mrs. K, LeeAnne, Dawn, Nick, Kyle & Jodi,

Given the time that has lapsed, I’ve no expectation that this note will ever be read but I felt compelled to write and offer my sincerest and most heartfelt condolences at the passing of Van. Having only recently becoming aware, I was struck by the strength of my emotional response and just how vivid are my memories of him. Please know that to this very day, his humour, kindness to me, and seemingly endless generosity of spirit loom large in my life; Van was wonderful.



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