Gerrit (Gerry) VanderDussen, 81, passed away peacefully on February 12, 2017 at Island Park Retirement Home in Campbellford, with his family at his side. Gerry leaves behind and will be greatly missed by his loving wife of 58 years, Marilyn (Pettit), his daughter Sharon (Steve), his sons, David (Mary) and Lorne (Diane), and twelve grandchildren: Marianne, William, Iain, Elena (Emad), Livia (Mark), Emma (Avi), Aaron, Joshua and Sarah, and three great-grandchildren: Tessa, Ammar and Ada as well as extended family members and friends. Pre-deceased by daughter Nancy. In 1949, at the age of 13, Gerry immigrated to Canada from Holland along with his parents Herman and Lena VanderDussen and three siblings, Cathy (deceased 2016), Peter and Ada. At the age of 15 he enrolled as an apprentice machinist at Bertram’s in Dundas to learn the trade that was to become his career. Gerry worked briefly at McMaster University after completing his apprenticeship; then secured a career position at Stelco in Hamilton. Gerry took pride in his work and continued to provide machining services from his garage workshop for family and acquaintances after retiring from Stelco. Additionally, many hours were spent in volunteer time to provide support services to the local Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB) workshop. Known for his gentle smile and commitment to family and community activities, Gerry lived a life of being an example to others. Visitation and a service commemorating Gerry will be held Thursday, February 16th at the Turner Family Funeral Home, 53 Main St., Dundas, ON, L9H 2P7. Friends will be received starting at 12:00; the memorial service will begin at 1:30. A social tea will follow. Interment will take place at Fairfield Church cemetery at 4:30. Donations in his memory can be made to the CNIB or to a charity of your choice would be appreciated.
Lorne, so very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Our deepest condolences to you and Diane and all your family.
Dear Marilyn and family, We send our sincere sympathy to you at this time of loss. We remember Gerry, from our years at Binkley, as a gentle man with a kind word for all.
Dear Marilyn and family. My sincere condolences on hearing of Gerry`s death. Over the years our lives have crossed paths on several occasions which have always been pleasant. My latest memories have been of the Westdale Seniors group trips organized by the VanderDussens.
So sorry for your loss. Our sincere condolences to you Marilyn and family
Dear Marilyn and Family
Please accept my most sincere sympathy regarding Gerry’s passing.
It was indeed a pleasure to know Gerry and I have fond memories of our visits, discussions and meals over these many years.
We are sending condolences on the loss of a good man. We are very glad we met on a cruise ship. Jim enjoyed talking machine shop with Gerry, nice memories to have. Please take care of you.
Jim and Jean Malmstrom
Dear Sharon, Marilyn and family, We were very sorry to read about the passing of your Dad/husband. It was always a pleasure to speak with Gerry. He had a kind, gentle manner and a good listening ear. Our thoughts and prayers are with you today. Sincerely, Rea and Chris Staples
Our deepest sympathies are with you and your family, Marilyn. We always enjoyed those times we had with you and Gerry in your home. They are special memories for us. May God comfort you and keep you always in His loving care.
Dear Sharon, I am sending my heartfelt condolences to you and your family. It’s been a long time, but I do remember meeting him and all your family during our McMaster days. We had a lot of fun times in your basement. Sending you a comforting hug and wishing you peace and the blessings of remembrance of happier times. Pat Serafini