of Qualicum Beach, passed away May 26th, 2010 after a courageous and 12 year long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Bert was born in 1933 in the town of Leeuwarden in The Netherlands. Bert came to Canada, trained as a blacksmith and shortly after arriving in Canada in 1957, he started his own iron works shop. White Rock Iron Products is still going strong with Bert’s sons Gordon and Harold at the helm He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Anne VanOostrum, his children Karen (Doug), Gordon (Louise), Jacki and Harold (Elizabeth). His grandchildren Jennifer, Christina, Michael, Kevin, Kyle, Tayler, Carly, Liam and Jakob will remember their Opa as a strong, vibrant man with the ability to talk to anyone and make people laugh.
The family would please ask in lieu of flowers to make a donation in Bert’s name to the Parkinson Society.