Jerome Van Walleghem


93 years old – born April 17, 1912 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Survived by wife Anita; children son Ralph (Joan) and daughter Maryann (Dr. Marc Krouse); grandchildren Joshua, Drew and Emily; brothers Mike and George and Rev. Gerard Van Walleghem S.J missionary in India.

Jerome was the oldest of 7 boys and was involved in the family business all his life. The business had been started by his father in 1902 in Manitoba after returning from the Klondike Gold rush with several other Belgian companions. At the time Jerome retired, he was President and General Manager of Cambridge Dairies, which serviced Eastern Manitoba and Western Ontario. The Van Walleghem family was honored in Winnipeg by the city naming a park and a school after them, in honor of their contributions in the early years in Winnipeg. When he retired, he and Anita moved to the warmer climate here on Vancouver Island.

He was very proud to be a veteran of WWII. He was involved in the invasion of Normandy and the liberation of Europe. His name is engraved on a plaque on Juno Beach. He was especially proud to be involved in the liberation of Flanders, which was the homeland of his mother, father, wife and forefathers.

Jerome died very peacefully at home after a lengthy illness with family present. He will be sadly missed by his family who loved him dearly. Special heartfelt thanks to Dr. R. Waite, Dr. Lacouvee, the great team of palliative and home care workers and from Hospice, especially Ray Elder. Special thanks to Knights of Columbus, Emmett Urquart, Brendan O’Keeffe, Mike Murphy and Al Walsh who visited regularly and delighted Jerome, and Fr. Josef Kobos and the communion team for their dedication and visits.

A funeral mass was held on Tuesday, April 4, 2005 at Catholic Church of the Ascension, Parksville, BC, Reverend Father Kobos SdS – Celebrant.

YATES FUNERAL SERVICE & CREMATORIUM(248-5859) in care of arrangements.

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