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Jonker, Hendrik “Henk”

Passed away on February 21, 2012 at the Hospice House surrounded by his family and friends at the age of 53.  Survived by his loving wife of 26 years Regina, son Marco, parents Dick and Mieke, and two brothers.  Sadly predeceased by one sister.  Henk worked at and was co-owner of Rutland Physiotherapy for the last 24 years.  A Celebration of Henk’s Life will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm at Coast Capri Hotel, 1171 Harvey Ave., Kelowna, BC.  Interment to follow in Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Charity of your choice, Kelowna Food Bank or Hospice House.

Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm

Coast Capri Hotel

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The service for Jonker, Hendrik “Henk” is scheduled for Saturday, February 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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Coast Capri Hotel

1171 Harvey Ave, Kelowna, BC


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  • Alison and Dan Peace says:

    We’re sorry for your loss. We are thinking of you and hope that time will help to heal your wounds sooner rather than later.

  • Carol Romanchuk says:

    My heartfelt sympathies to Regina, Marco and family. Henk was a true gentleman. I will truly miss his caring way and calm disposition. Having him as one of my longest travel clients was indeed a honor. Sincerely, Carol Romanchuk/Capri Travel

  • cherlynn stevens says:

    On wings of prayer. The best brother in law. Priviliged to have known you. Grateful for the time spent with you, Regina and Marco. Always in my heart and prayers.


  • Harley Lockhart says:

    Marco and Regina,
    I am sorry for your loss. Henk was more than a great physiotherapist. I always enjoyed our discussions during treatment. The world is missing a very honorable man.

  • Judy Burns says:

    I am truly saddened by the passing of Henk. He was a gentle, caring man who will be missed by many. He a genuine mark on his family, friends and collegues.

    Warmest wishes to Regina and Marco. We will remember Henk with fondness.



  • Vandra Bennett says:

    I am priviledged to have known you Hendrik. You were always a positive & cheerful addition to the Relaxation support group at the Cancer Clinic. I will miss you & always remember you. We had a Bell Ceremony today to honour your memory, after Relaxation.
    Hendrik, you were a kind, courageous & loving soul.God bless your family. I know you are happy with God now, for all eternity.
    Rest in peace,

  • Connie Waterman says:

    My dearest Regina,

    I’m sure you are filled with mixed emotions – grateful that his suffering is over yet so, so sad that he has left you and Marco. He had a tremendous impact on me and everyone; his spiritual character shone out like a beacon to all who knew him. Now, as a host of the company on high, he will be assisting us in our efforts to serve God.

    I’m going to miss him…

    All my love and sincere sympathy,

  • Meide and Daryl says:

    Our comforts to you Regina and family. Henk will be remembered by us as kind, generous, and compassionate. We will miss his smile, miss his passion for life, and remember how bravely he faced death. We are so sad for your loss and will keep you in our prayers.

  • reggie newkirk says:

    Dear Regina and Marco:

    Sometimes I wonder if expressions of condolences is adequate to assuage or fill that deep sense of loss a dearly loved one like father and husband “goes home”. And for your loss I express my deepest regard for your temporary separation from Henk. He is missed and, as time passes, his shining face, his sparkling eyes and his modulated and warm voice will linger in my heart and mind. That the Faithful Spirit will surround you at this time of deep sorry is my prayer for both of you as well as Henk’s soul to traverse throughout the worlds of the Supreme Being.


  • Elizabeth sheyev says:

    Dear Regina and Marco.
    Henk was always a strong, soft beacon of light. When in his presence one could not help but be lit-up and brightened. He will truly be missed here on Earth.
    Love Elizabeth and Jamie-Paul

  • Amy Macdonald says:

    Hi Regina,
    I was one of Henk’s nurses on 4B and I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I’m sure your last weeks together were special and I know you have many special memories to sustain you as you move forward. Thinking of you, as I have been since Henk left 4B.
    Amy Macdonald, RN

  • Marilyn Carey says:

    Dear Regina and Marco
    I know how much you will miss him-his smile, his steadfast faith and his delightful sense of humor.
    I so enjoyed spending time with you both at the Maxwell Music School a few years ago
    You are in my prayers

  • Deborah Pearce says:

    Meeting Henk just once was enough to see his genuine golden spirit – it lives still. Many Blessings to all connected with him.

  • Maryse & Mo Rajabally says:

    Our most sincere condolences to Regina and family for the loss of Henk. It is the Almighty’s will and may Henk rest in piece.Despite the loss,pain,and sadness, life must go on for all of you.

  • Maryse & Mo Rajabally says:

    Our most sincere condolences to you Regina, and your family for the loss of Henk.Despite the loss that only you can feel, life must go on.

  • Flore & Co Langeslag says:

    To dear Regina and Marco.
    May your heart be comforted by the fond memories you have of your beloved husband and father and the love that he left inside your heart. May it comfort you also or help ease your pain to know that others care about your sad loss.
    I will forever be thankful to Henk for the very special physiotherapy treatment and you saved me to not having a surgery. I can never repay him at all. May He rest in peace. You’re a remarkable man. Flore and Co Langeslag

  • Flore & Co Langeslag says:

    To Regina and Marco
    May your heart be comforted by the fond memories you have of your beloved husband and father and by the love he left inside your heart. May it also help to ease your pain to know that others care about your loss. I will forever be thankful for the special physiotherapy treatment I received and he saved me for not having a back surgery. Henk was a gifted, talented and remarkable caring person. With caring sympathy,
    Flore and Co Langeslag

  • Terra, Hermann and Benno Reindl says:

    From watching our boys learn to ski together mid-90’s at Crystal Mountain to weekend after weekend, sitting on the sidelines together as our boys played soccer, being in Henk’s gentle company always made the day better.

  • Patricia & George Peters says:

    Dear Regina and Marco

    We are so very sorry to hear of Henk’s passing. Prayers will be said for his journey. I will always remember his energetic ways when things needed to get done; always so ready to carry out any service where and when he was needed with enthusiasm with a cheery smile on his face. Trusting that you will both know that we will pray for you during this time of loss.

    Warmest love

    Patti and George Peters

  • Kathy Roesch says:

    Dear Regina and Marco,

    How we will miss Henk. One more pure-hearted and sincere — “the very heart of devotion” as Ruth put it — it is hard to imagine. I’m grateful to have known him and to have been witness to the radiance and reliance with which he met the ordeal of these past months. His example inspires me to go deeper and try harder.

    All my love,

  • Sam Reimer says:

    My heartfelt condolences to each family member and dear freinds. Henk was a very special person to my dad and me, and I will miss him.
    May our great God of peace bring comfort to all who are grieving Henk’s death. I am confident he is celebrating eternal life.

  • Dian America-Verheijen says:

    I’m really shocked and like to express my condolences especially to Regina, Marco and Henk’s parents. We had marvellous times together joining an eating-club during our study physical therapy and I will remember these joyfull dinners and our renewed friendship in Canada when we visited our son Koen, who happened to stay in Kelowna, and enjoyed the hospitality of Henk and Regina. I’m sad but happy that I knew this special guy Henk

  • Sheila Purves says:

    Dear Marco and Regina: from the rehabilitation doctors and therapists now working all over China, who learned from Hendrik during the time you all spent in Wuhan: our sincere thanks for your enthusiasm to help us and our good memories. You gave us a superb base: not just knowledge and skills, but a way of thinking and a way to communicate with our patients. More than twenty years on, we are still passing on these to our students. Prof Huang Xiaolin, Linda, Tongji Hospital Rehabilitation Medicine Department, Wuhan and Sheila Purves, Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation

  • Jim & Parvin Murray says:

    Henk brought so much happiness and comfort to so many people. He was always a joy to be with. Truly a radiant spirit, his love shone on all that he met. Our deepest sympathies to Regina, Marco, and all of his family. We will remember him in our prayers.

  • Zannetta Varley Anthony says:

    Dear Regina and Marco,

    How strange is this transient life and how mysterious the reason some are taken so young. The summer school of song is still in my heart and Owen and I will always remember Henk’s gentleness and radiance. He really exempified nobility and his goodness always shone through. Much love to you. “Be strong, be calm, be greatful” are the words of Abdu’l-Baha, and certainly we can all be greatful for the time when Henk walked this earth.

    Owen and Zannetta

  • Angela LINGE says:

    I only met Henk 3 times, as a patient. Nevertheless, I recognized immediately that he was an exceptional human being: a man filled with light.
    I was shocked and grieved to hear of his death. I will not forget him. “The light shines on, and the darkness will not extinguish it.”
    My prayers are with you all.

  • Leslie Johnston says:

    Dear Regina:

    I am so sorry for your loss and send you prayers and strength.
    Just to let you know I am thinking of you and Marco at this time. I know you know Henk will soar to the heights of the Abha Kingdom.
    God Bless.

  • Sheida Dashtgoli says:

    We are all going to miss Hank’s beautiful presence and remember him as the sweet, loving person that he was. Please accept my condolences and know that Hank and the family will always have a very special place in my heart.

  • Margaret Sanford says:

    Dear Regina and Marco

    What a great gift of love you have shared by choosing this particular picture of Henk to accompany his funeral notice. All who crossed his path have been blessed.

  • vera en Yolanda Vredeveld says:

    dear family, with sadness in our heart, we read the news that even so soon Henk passed away. We wish you all the strength to go on and celebrate your life and also Henk’s life in your heart. We will do that too! We had a nice youth with Henk, the Jonker family as our neighbours in Schipluiden, Holland. Much love to you all! Vera & Yolanda

  • Ross McKinnon says:

    Regina, Marco and Family,
    I am truly sorry for your loss. I had the wonderful experience of working with Henk for 5 years at Rutland Physiotherapy. Henk was a great boss, mentor and friend. I was always inspired by his quest to continue learning.

    Thinking of you,
    Ross and the McKinnon family

  • janet cundall says:

    Dear Regina and Marco and friends,
    we all miss Henk so much, so so sorry
    sending my heart full of love to you

  • Sharon Welsh says:

    Dear Regina and Marco

    I was shocked and saddened to hear of Hank’s passing. He was a beautiful man and I know he will be deeply missed by you and many others. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


  • Gerry Robbie says:

    My prayers have been, and will continue to be, with you all Regina and Marko – they will also continue to be with Henk too. “Death proffereth unto every confident believer the cup that is life indeed… It conferreth the gift of everlasting life”. Love you much

  • Ann Boyles says:

    Dear Regina and Marco,
    Henk has been in my prayers almost every day for the past months, and in the past few days, saying prayers for the progress of his soul that has flown from this world to the next, I have been meditating on the attribute of God, at the beginning of the short prayer, as a “Bestower of Gifts”. Henk was a gift to those of us who knew him in this life, but perhaps an even greater gift is the knowledge that the soul carries on, that in the next world we will not forget those with whom we’ve had a spiritual association. That thought brings me comfort, at least, as I remember Henk’s radiant smile, his warm hospitality when I was in town, and his deep commitment to his Faith. Godspeed, dear brother. Regina and Marco, I will be praying, too, for your comfort as you adjust to his “empty chair”. With much love to you both,

  • Lisa Olsen says:

    Dear Regina and Marco,

    I have such fond memories of Henk from the Sing for Joy music camp we attended in the summer of 2004. I will always remember Hen singing his heart out and Marco on the drums. Henk was always happy, encouraging and a delight to be with. It was a true blessing to have shared that time with him and Marco.

  • Phoebe Anne & Bill Lemmon says:

    Sincere condolences to Regina and the family. Although our encounters with Henk were few, we were impressed with his knowledge and his devotion to the Faith. In his final illness he demonstrated eloquently how our passing into the next world should be managed. He will be missed.

  • Regina Devlin says:

    Baha’i friends in Powell River are offering prayers for the progress of Hendrik’s soul and consolation for The hearts of Regina and other family members.

  • Michelle Henderson says:

    Dear Regina and Marco,

    My mother and I send our condolences to you. Henk was an instrument of God’s Love. God’s trust has now returned to Him. We send heartfelt prayers to you and your family.

    Thinking of you
    Michelle Henderson

  • Trevor & Roberta Rush says:

    Every once in awhile there is aperson as genuine as Henk, who has no pretense and truly connects with others. A Pure Soul some call them. I don’t know all I know is that he was a special person and though never in his actual presence for very long periods I felt we knew each other. I will always be grateful for the love and support he and Regina gave my Two Daughters (his nieces). Henk I doubt I am worthy to meet up with you on the next part of the journey but if Baha’u’llah wills it I surely hope we do.

  • Marshall & Valerie Burgess says:

    Regina and Marco, our hearts go out to you at this time. We did not know Henk was ill so hearing of his passing came as quite a shock and brought a wave of sadness. We remember him and you so fondly after the time we shared together in China. Although we have not been in touch in recent times our memories of you have always remained vivid for us. Be assured of our prayers for the family and for Henk. He is such a special soul.

  • Lenz Family says:

    Apart from so many other wonderful virtues, it is Henk’s beautiful thankfulness, that we will remember and Henk’s courage and fortitude,too! Henk is such a blessed example of how to live a spiritual life. Henk you are now ‘in the Heavenly Realm, immersed in an ocean of Light.” Remember how you sang with such gusto and spirit at Music Camp. “if you get there, before I do, comin for to cary me home! Tell all my loved one’s, I’m a comin too! Come’n for to cary me home…swing low…sweet Chariot, coming for to carry me home….swing low, sweet chariot, comin for to carry me home…..You are in the heavenly choir now Henk! You are in the Heavenly Choir!
    We are so blessed and grateful we got to share time with you, together with Regina and Marco, along the path of friendship. Oh Henk you continue to lift us up into the Heavenly Realm with that love you shine so gently and that quiet thankfulness for all circumstances that your bright Soul is such an example of.

    We will continue to pray for your journeying and for the journeying of your beloved Regina and Marco.

    “The journey of the soul is necessary. The pathway of life is the road which leads to divine knowledge and attainment. Without training and guidance the soul could never progress beyond the conditions of its lower nature, which is ignorant and defective.”
    -Abdul Baha-

    Well Bright Light Hendrick, you have journeyed, you have trained, you have guided!

    Thank you!! Thank you for your fine example and the giant footsteps you have provided, for us to follow in.

    Dear Regina and Marco, we are holding you in our heart and prayers…much love Karen, Gary, Alli and Alden LENZ

  • Lisa Michelle says:

    I LOVE yous!


  • Donna Hollenbeck says:

    Dear Regina and Marco,
    I am so sorry that Henk’s physical presence is gone from this world. His light is not gone as evidenced from the many wonderful tributes that you have received. He was a beautiful, sincere, light-filled human being working in humble service to his Lord. I have been so inspired by stories of the courage, steadfastness and radiant acquiescence with which he faced the ending of his sojourn here on earth. I remember his radiant smile lighting up a room. “That spreading ray of light” has returned to the “Sun of Truth”. May his spirit soar in the eternal realms and his love continue to sustain and inspire you. I offer my prayers to the many that are being said for the progress of his soul and for the consolation of your family. May you find comfort and peace.


  • Parvin Camphor says:

    Hank was a kind a gentle person… we wish the family the best. May you gain strength from fond memories of time spent with him. We pray for the progress of his soul in Abha Kingdom!

  • The Lawrence family says:

    Regina & Marco
    Our thoughts are with you in this time of sadness.

  • Simin Nowkhah says:

    Dear Regina : Please accept our sincere condolences ; you will be in our prayers . Simin & Mom ( fauti )

  • Evelyn Cornelissen, Glenn Kissmann and Coen says:

    Henk touched us all in profound ways, both physically and spriritually. Thank you for your care, thank you for your friendship and thank you for sharing your final journey. We appreciate every moment and miss you terribly.

    Regina and Marco, Henk spoke so fondly of you both. We can’t imagine your grief. We pray for you and wish you peace through this journey of yours.

    With love, Evelyn, Glenn and Coen

  • John Coghlan says:

    My condolences to Henk’s family

  • Felicity Enayat says:

    Dear Regina, Marco, Dick and Mieke,

    The gentle snow and rain that has been covering us this last day and today bespeaks the sympathy in our hearts for the separation felt from radiant Henk. But it also seems to say that nurture and bounties very great have come with the passing of his pure soul, and will bring to all the green beauty of abundant verdure and the glorious flowers of the spirit. At this time we are remembering Henk’s special attachment to the Hands of the Cause and his tender service to the community, especially to the children. We think too of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s great love
    for Thomas Breakwell, who like Henk hastened quickly from this world as a restless bird eager to reach its place on a tree more laden, more sweet than any other, and nearer to the Sun of Truth.

    With our sympathy, respect and love,
    Mohsen and Felicity

  • Nahrissa Rush says:

    A wonderful man has left this world in the physical sense, but his strong and amazing spirit will stay with us forever. My Uncle Henk was a wonderful, kind, compassionate and loving man. I have so many fond memories of time spent in Winfield with Henk, Regina and Marco and I am so grateful to have had that. Henk was always someone so interested in life, so interested in people and he genuinely cared for those around him. I was lucky to have felt this in my lifetime and it’s something I will cherish always. I will never forget as a little girl my Uncle Henk showing me the Northern Lights for the first time. I’ve always remembered how beautiful it was, and every time I see photographs of the Aurora Borealis, I’ve always thought of him. I know that should I ever need to call on him, all I will need to do is look up at the sky as he will be watching over us all.

  • Doug and Liz Edwards says:

    Dear Regina and Marco
    We add our loving thoughts and prayers to those many that are hoping to support you in this time of great loss. Henk was indeed an amazing man, with a smile and an inner light that could warm hearts. His strength and creativity were known to many and his uniqueness and love were palpable. May you find comfort and peace through the Lord who has enfolded Henk.

  • Debbie Anderson, RN says:

    Dear Regina and Marco,
    Henk was a remarkable man, and I will treasure the friendship we developed through our professional relationship. His joy of life, smile and genuineness will always be remembered. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Rose Pourmokhtari, and Family says:

    Keeping you and your family in our prayers, our many condolences, Henk was indeed a luminous joyful being. We will keep him forever in our memories and pray for his continued journey to the Abha Kingdom.

    Much love,
    Rose Pourmokhtari and Family

  • Esfandiar and Shahla Ghadirian says:

    Dear Regina and the family
    We would like to offer you our sicere condolences for the passing of dear Hank and pray for the progress of his soul. You and your family will be in our prayers.
    With much love,prayers and sympathy.Esfandiar and Shahala Ghadirian

  • Farrah and David Marasco says:

    Dear Regina and Marco,
    Please know our prayers have joined the supplication of many others for dear Henk’s welcome to the next life,now that his physical life has ended. It is so assuring to know that he is separated from us by only a curtain of light!
    With much love, Farrah and David Marasco

  • Marlies and Bob van Noppen says:

    Dear regina and Marco
    Condoleances for you both. Henk was our friend en he was a wonderfulle person. We loved him very much and we will mis him on his visites to Holland.
    We wish you the courage tot live on without him.

  • Melanie Wood says:

    Dear Henk’s family. I am very sorry to learn of your loss. I am an occupational therapist and I valued Henk’s skill as a physio and osteopath. I referred many of my clients to him and admired his knowledge and skills. He will be missed greatly. Melanie Wood

  • Grant Turik says:

    Dear Regina and Marco,
    I was shocked and saddened to hear of Henk’s passing. I have very fond memories of the enthusiasm and support he showed for Marco in soccer. Henk’s happy nature and kindness to others was as genuine as I have ever witnessed. I am lucky to have known him. He will be missed.
    Grant Turik

  • Dawn Taplay says:

    Dear Henk’s Family, So very sad to hear of your loss. Henk was a wonderful Physio and it was a previlge to have known and worked with him.
    May all your good memories help you today and always.
    Sincerely, Dawn Taplay BScPT

  • Michelle Marasco says:

    My prayers and positive thoughts are with you. Love you both very much. Henk was an amazing example to us all and will never be forgotten.

  • Jane Youngberg says:

    To Regina and Marco,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I have a true fondness of the memories of Henk – such an intriguing, kind and generous person, with such a physical presence. That big smile of his will last forever for me.
    My thoughts are with you both.

  • Nancy Watters says:

    Dear Regina and family,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Henk was a precious soul and a pleasure to have among us. He will be near, singing in the realms of light. I’ll pray that you are comforted. Love, Nancy

  • Carolyn Kornatz says:

    Dear Regina and Marco, With love and prayers for you and the progression of dear Henk’s soul – hoping the blessings of the month of the Fast give you a special measure of comfort and peace.

  • Shizu E. M. Futa says:

    To Regina and extended family,
    keeping you in my prayers for comfort, protection and strength.

  • Leslie & Family ( Victoria,BC) says:

    Dear Regina & Marco !
    Your loss is so great because a most wonderful man, husband, father, & friend
    has broken these earthly bonds to soar in the heavenly realm, free of all limitations.

    Our most heartfelt condolences go out to you with prayers for comfort for his soul and yours.

    From Edmonton days to BC life, then meeting up again in China, all those years ago, was such a surprise.
    Not realizing we left Canada at the same time to share our Faith, talents and friendship in China was a joy.
    Learning of your hardships there but your perseverance through it all, impacted us to stay the course
    as you two (three) were doing. Though not without its challenges and hardships, of course,
    but we each soon realized there were many who were indeed Friends at heart.

    Then finding ourselves crossing paths at Maxwell Int’l Baha’i School with our sons
    attending there and becoming friends was such a treat too !

    Henk was a spirit in this world that made others who befriended him realize that kindness, honesty,
    loving friendship & caring for one-another was attainable because that was how he lived, how your
    family lived.

    I know we are better because Henk was part of our lives.
    His counsel to me at a challenging time in my life brought a comfort that to this day I recall.
    Though I don’t remember the exact words I do “feel” the peace he brought to the turmoil
    of the situation. Such a gift to do that for another! A gift of a remarkable capacity
    to bring comfort to others that I am grateful for.

    He will remain always in our hearts as an example of someone we can aspire to be.
    Henk was a person of integrity who gave of himself to help make this tired ‘ole world a better place
    because he lived his life to his fullest, in spite of and because of his own challenges – an example for us all.

    Yes, a life gone from us at too young and age,…

    May his soul find comfort in the Abha Kingdom in the Blessed Beauty’s presence.
    A place Henk belongs.

    Warmest Regards,
    Leslie & Family
    ( Victoria,BC)

  • Kim Bowie says:

    Sending prayers and heart hugs to you Regina and Marco. The time we spent in China years ago was so special- studying with Henk,celebrating Marco’s first birthday, hearing about your day…..so precious. Henk was a wonderful man and I feel fortunate to have crossed paths with him.
    Kim Bowie

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