January 21, 1940 — May 16, 2017
Tony, owner and operator of “Tony’s Sharp Shop” for over 20 years, passed away peacefully on May 16, 2017 at the age of 77. Tony is survived by his loving wife of 30 years Judy and their 6 children: John (Wendy) and children Julia, Gabrielle and Caroline; Corinne and son Anthony; Anthony (Debbie) and children Marc, Cameron and Jessica; Christina and son Chris; Allison Bottomley (Brad Johnson) and children Aldous and Clara; Laura Bottomley and children Sawyer and Iris. Tony is also survived by his brother John of the Netherlands, sisters, Nellie of New Zealand and Corinna of Australia, mother of his four children Julie Lacerte-Gerrie, and extended family and friends.
Tony was born in Breda, Netherlands in 1940. He immigrated to Canada to work as a farm hand in Dugald, Manitoba at the age of 19. From Manitoba, Tony made his way west to Calgary, becoming an ironworker, meeting his first wife and starting a family of 4 children. It was also in Calgary where Tony had his first work accident; told he would never recover, Tony proved everyone wrong and continued West to Kelowna with his family in 1971. It was in Kelowna where he raised his family and established the Kelowna landmark “Tony’s Sharp Shop”.
Tony and Judy were married in 1986 with friends and family present. In 1994, Tony retired and he and Judy moved to Grand Forks for a brief stay. In 2002, they returned to Kelowna to be closer to their family. In Kelowna, Tony and Judy continued to be involved in their community and active members in the Elks Lodge 52.
In the summer, Tony and Judy enjoyed camping throughout the Okanagan and beyond in their 5th wheel trailer. Tony loved to travel with Judy and together they made frequent trips back to Europe and also explored Australia and New Zealand. Tony enjoyed making wine and fancied himself a master vintner, despite popular opinion. As an avid gardener, Tony took pride in his property, fruit trees and flowers. Fortunately with his large family, he had many ‘helpers’ to maintain the gardens to perfection.
Tony will be fondly remembered for his avid storytelling, sense of humour and friendship.
A Celebration of Tony’s Life will be on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Elks and Royal Purple – Fund for Children www.elksofcanada.ca. For more about Tony’s life and to send condolences visit www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.
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The service for BASTIAANSSEN, Tony is scheduled for Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.