With heartfelt sadness the family of Ywe Looper announce his passing on September 25th 2006 in Calgary.
Ywe, the son of Jan and Bontje, was born in Leek, the Netherlands, on July 24th 1940 and immigrated to Canada in 1950. Ywe graduated from the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario, as a civil engineer in 1963. He served his country for 35 years in the Middle East, Europe, and North America, finishing his career as the Base Commander of CFB Chilliwack in British Columbia. Following his career in the military Ywe continued his profession with BED Engineering and had leadership roles on the Chilliwack School Board, Rotary, and Cancer Campaign. Ywe and Barbara moved to Qualicum Beach in 2004 and enjoyed the nature of the area, hosting friends and family, and participating in the Parksville Fellowship Baptist Church. In addition to Barbara, his loving wife of almost 40 years, left to cherish Ywe’s memory are his mother Bontje, daughter Heidi (Sylvain) Coderre, sons Ywe (Julie) and Karl (Lisa), 8 grandchildren Samuel, Paul, Camille, Marcus, Alison, Gabriela, Jessica, and Eva, and three brothers John (Pat), Jenne (Jackie), and Albert (Liz). Also in our hearts we cherish the memory of Ywe’s father Jan and sister Aafka. Ywe was a man of strong principle and admirable moral character. He will be remembered for his devotion to family, contributions to the community, and Christian beliefs. His courage and tenacity throughout his battle with pulmonary fibrosis and subsequent lung transplant will remain an inspiration to all who knew him.
A celebration of life will be held at the Parksville Fellowship Baptist Church, 550 Pym, Parksville, BC, at 2:00pm on October 6th 2006.
Ywe’s hope for the future was to improve organ donation throughout Canada. To honour his wishes, please consider becoming an organ donor. Charitable donations may be made to the BC Lung Association.