August 26, 2015
Vol.128, No. 25




Pieter van Veen

Pieter van Veen, a resident of the area for the past 37 years, passed away peacefully at the Orchard View Living Centre in Manotick on Sat., Aug. 15, 2015, following a lengthy illness. He was 74.
Pieter was born on May 2, 1941 in Siegerswoude, Friesland, The Netherlands. He was part of a family of eight children: two older brothers, one younger brother, and four sisters. His early years saw him growing up in a rural Dutch setting. One of his first jobs in his early teens involved a 3:30 am start and regular milk pick-ups for the local milk factory. 
In the late ‘50s, many families set their sights on emigration to other countries to start a new life. Pieter’s brother, Ron, decided to make the move to Canada in 1957. By 1960, when Pieter was 19, he also decided to take the journey across the ocean, and caught a flight to Canada. In those early years, as a new immigrant, he found work in the lumber business. Being a man of faith, he also regularly attended the Pembroke Christian Reformed Church. Pieter met Jitske “Jean” Veenstra in Pembroke, and they were married in April of 1963. By 1970, they had a family of four – three boys and one girl, and had moved to Southwestern Ontario. During these years, he worked at Rockwell International Steel Plant in Chatham. In the early ‘70s, he followed his farming dream, and bought a small hobby farm near Merlin. The prospect of getting a larger farm drew Pieter and the rest of the family to Eastern Ontario in 1978. It was here that Pieter was an active member of consistory at Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church serving numerous terms on council.   
Pieter always loved to travel. Over the years, he and Jean travelled throughout North America, parts of Europe, and even Israel. Besides travelling, he also felt a strong compulsion to give back through volunteering. Whether it was CRWRC rebuilding projects in the southern U.S., or giving somebody a ride to a doctor’s appointment, he was there to give his time to help others.   
Pieter left a legacy and passed along valuable life principles, and he led by example: family, commitment, treating people with respect, work ethic, honesty, responsibility, and faith in God.
Pieter will be sorely missed as a devoted husband, a caring father, a loving grandfather, and a true friend.
He is survived by his wife, Jean; his children, Peter (Cathy) of Kemptville, Andrew (Betty-Ann) of Ingleside, Terry (Donna) of Grande Prairie, Alta., and Amy Ricardo (Eufemio) of Ottawa; and his siblings, Tjalling (the late Heindrie) of The Netherlands, Ronus (Meika) of Chatham, Appie De Vries (the late Bram), Lutske Rinzema (Folkert), Tryntje Meetsma (Sieger), and Hendrik, all of The Netherlands. Pake and Grandpa will be fondly remembered by grandchildren Meagan, Nathan, Kaitlyn (Andrew), David (Katie), Gregory, Emily, Joshua, Shayne, Rebeca, and Samantha. He was predeceased by his sister, Hennie van Veen. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews. 
Friends and family called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home in Williamsburg on Tues., Aug. 18 from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 pm. The funeral service was held at Williamsburg Christian Reformed Church on Wed., Aug. 19 at 11 am with Rev. John Noordhof officiating, followed by interment at New Union Cemetery in Williamsburg. The pallbearers were Peter van Veen, Andrew van Veen, Terry van Veen, Nathan van Veen, David van Veen, Gregory van Veen, Joshua van Veen, and Shayne van Veen. The honourary pallbearers were Meagan van Veen, Kaitlyn van Veen, Rebeca Ricardo, Emily van Veen, and Samantha Ricardo.
Donations to Timothy Christian School would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.
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Anna Beth Byers
Beth Byers (nee MacNabb) of Winchester passed away peacefully at home on Thurs., Aug. 20, 2015 in her 72nd year.
She was the beloved wife of Linden Byers. She was the loving stepmother of Debbie Byers, Sheldon (Ryan) Byers, and was predeceased by Trevor Byers and Marsha Ferguson. She will be fondly remembered by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Beth was the cherished sister of Doris (Lloyd) Steven, Ian (Wendy) MacNabb, and Kenneth (Helen) MacNabb. She was the dear aunt of five nieces and nephews.
By Beth’s request, a Graveside Committal Service was held on Fri., Aug. 21 at 1 pm at Maple Ridge Cemetery in Chesterville.
By family request, donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or Winchester District Memorial Hospital. 
The arrangements were entrusted to Byers Funeral Home in South Mountain (613-989-3836). 
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Beatrice Warren
Beatrice Warren passed away peacefully at Dundas Manor Nursing Home surrounded by her loving family on Tues., Aug. 18, 2015, in her 73rd year. 
She was the beloved wife of the late Clifford Warren, and the loving mother of Elizabeth, Shannon (Todd) Halpenny, and Shelley (Scott) Gelsthorpe. She will be fondly remembered by her six grandchildren. She was the dearest sister of Jean Porteous, Bruce Kerr, and George Kerr, and was predeceased by her sister, Muriel Wilson, and her brother, Joseph Kerr.
Family and friends paid their respects at the Daniels Funeral Chapels Inc. in Winchester on Thurs., Aug. 20 and Fri., Aug. 21. The funeral service was held at Winchester United Church on Sat., Aug. 22 at 11 am, followed by a reception. Inurnment at Hainsville Cemetery will be held at a later date.  
Donations may be made to Winchester United Church, P.O. Box 65, 519 St. Lawrence St., Winchester, Ont., K0C 2K0, or ALS Canada, 3000 Steeles Ave. E., Suite 200, Markham, Ont. L3R 4T9 (
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