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Passed away peacefully on June 1, 2015 at the age of 91. Leo was born on August 28th, 1923 in Wieport Zoeterwoude, Netherlands in the midst of a lightning and thunderstorm.  He was the sixth oldest of 13 children.  He is survived by his loving wife of 29 years, Rita and will be missed by his immediate family:  Margaret (Gene) Beaudoin, Ann-Marie (Dan) Reimer, Joe (Liz), Cecilia (Rob) Vaile, Tom.  Predeceased by his brother Nick (1984) and Freddy (1970).  OPA to Allison (Adam), Jayden (Alyssa), Tanis (Jesse), Corina (Shane), Jarrod, Andrea (Justin), Curtis, Dylan (Cassandra), Brett, Jaryn, and Kirstie.  GREAT OPA to Annalie, Nicholas, Thomas, Johnny, Lennon and Olivia.  Survived by Sister Gre Van Wieringen and numerous relatives in Holland, New Zealand and Canada.  Leo immigrated to Canada in 1950 as a farm worker, then went on to work on the CPR and Dawson & Wade Highway Construction.  He was passionate about farming and purchased the Conroy dairy farm in the Ellison District, which was one of the last remaining dairy farms in the area.  He and his immediate family resided there for 40 years.  We wish to thank the staff at Village at Mill Creek and Kelowna General Hospital for their excellent care.  A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, June 6th at 10:00 am at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the BC Heart & Stroke Foundation, #4 – 1551 Sutherland Ave., Kelowna, BC V1Y 9M9.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”


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Saturday, June 6th at 10:00 am

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The service for HEEMSKERK, Leo is scheduled for Saturday, June 6th at 10:00 am . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Carol Romanchuk says:

    Dear Rita and family. I wish to send you my deepest condolences on the loss of Leo. I have only the fondest of memories of him when you came to see me to book your trips. My sincerest regards, Carol Romanchuk (nee Hoffman) – Capri Travel


    My deepest condolences to you Tom and your family.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you

    Darren McClelland

  • Gabriel Beaudoin says:

    Lost of a father is never an happy moment. Luckily you have my dear nephew is at your side. Place accepte my condolence and hoping to meet you in a near future .bye Gaby andthe Beaudoin’s family

  • Marlene (Jeckel) Saukarookoff` says:

    Hi Liz and Joe

    Sorry to hear about your Uncle’s passing. Hope all else is we;;


  • Fam. Vollebregt Biddinghuizen says:

    Bij deze willen wij jullie heel veel sterkte wensen met het verlies van Leo.

    Veel liefs Toos Vollebregt.
    Hans & Yvonne en kids

  • Bert, Jacqueline and Patrick Heemskerk says:

    Dear Aunt Rika and cousins,

    Our condolances to you all. It is always sad to loose someone, even when he has reached such a high age. We still have lots of good memories of oncle Leo and of our visit to you in Canada, years ago. All the best.

    Bert, Jacqueline and Patrick Heemskerk, Boskoop, the Netherlands

  • Irene,Debbie&Gail Rieger and Karen Bond says:

    Dear Rita and Family,
    We are thinking of all of you in this trying time. I remember coming over to the house having the best French toast from fresh milk Also standing in front of the milk tanks and Leo just smiling at us kids being silly. Loved being around your house. He was such a kind man. And we will miss him. Take care of yourselves

  • Family Leito-Dorand Curacao(moeder v May says:

    Lieve Tante Rika Margaret(Gene)Ann-Marie(Dan)Joe(Liz)Cecilia(Rob)Tom & Family, Namens mijn moeder en family uit Curacao condoleren we jullie met het overlijden van Ome Leo. Laten we ons troosten bij de gedachten dat waar hij nu is geen pijn of verdriet bestaat om zo samen dit groot verlies te verwerken. We zijn in gebed en gedachten bij jullie. Love & greetings May van Fred

  • Ernst en Marian says:

    Lieve Tante Rika, neven en nichten,
    Wij condoleren jullie met dit verlies van zo’n geweldige man, wij zijn blij dat wij toch nog bij jullie geweest zijn(10 jaar geleden)
    sterket in de klomende tijd, groeten Ernst en Marian

  • Fred Heemskerk (van ome Piet) says:

    Dear relatives, wish you all strength in these difficult days. Proud to be a Heemskerk with such a very very special uncle Leo.

  • Jim & Janine Vollebregt says:

    Tante Rika & families. Deepest sympathies to you all with the passing of Leo. We have great memories of staying with you 25 yrs ago at this very time. Leo – a great husband, father, uncle, farmer will be sorely missed. Please accept condolences on behalf on Mary (Riet)Vollebregt also.
    Much love
    Jim & Janine

  • Kees en Corrie Vollebregt says:

    Our deepest condolences to you tante Rita and family. We still have good memories of our visit from three years ago.
    Veel sterkte.

  • Debi & Brian Milloy says:

    Rita,Margie & Gene
    Are thoughts are with you on this sad days.Leo was a very special person who gave you lots of beautiful memories. He will be missed.

  • Teresa and Kevin Smith says:

    Tante Rika and family, we are saddened to hear of Leo’s passing. What a lovely man he was. I can still picture him picking fruit in the hot sun in Kelowna when I visited in 1986.
    Our thoughts and love are with you, kiwi Teresa and Kevin

  • Corine de Groot. says:

    Dear Rika and Family,

    This celebration of Leo’s life was very beautifully done. It showed a lot of Family connection and love!
    We will cary these memories in our hearts. We will think of you all in the days and weeks ahead. And keep in touch…Ton and Corine

  • Ton Vollebregt says:

    Dear Family,
    Our deepest condolances. We have good memories of him. With great enthousiasm and proudness Leo and Tante Rika showed us the area of Kelowna 4 years ago. We felt a very warm welcome in your house Tante Rika and will never forget your fantastic birthdayparty in Margret’s house with Leo and the whole family singing songs in the basement.
    Warm greetings from Ton, Tineke, Marieke and Janneke Vollebregt, Heerde, Holland.

  • Jac van Tillo says:

    Our deepest condolences to you Rika and family.

  • Hans & Rosemarie van Tillo says:

    Our deepest condolences to you Rika and family.

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