Rev. Jacob (Jack) VAN HOLST

Rev. Jacob (Jack) VAN HOLST


It is with great sadness that on the afternoon of Saturday, March 22, we lost a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

Jack will be greatly missed by his loving wife Jean of 57 years, daughter Joanne (Michael) Devaughn, grandchildren, Thomas, Tabitha and Tristah; daughter Jacqueline (Graham) Briggs, grandchildren Miranda, Benjamin, Samuel & Alexander; sisters Betty, Toni (Bill), Francina (Guy), brothers Bert (Jane), Art (Sally), and sister-in-law Della. He also leaves behind many cherished friends.

Jacob was born in Poeldijk, Netherlands on July 26, 1935. The family immigrated to Canada in 1951.

Jack was predeceased by his father Leenoert, mother Maartje, and brother Leo. He was ordained in 1972 and served in the United Church until 1988. Jack is the founding Pastor of Arbutus Grove Church, and pastored there for the last 25 years. He was also Padre of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 49.

A Celebration of Jack’s life will be held at Arbutus Grove Church on 170 West Hirst St., Parksville on Friday, March 28 at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please consider honoring Jack’s memory with a donation to Arbutus Grove Church or the Canadian Cancer Society.

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