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Surrounded by family, faith and love, Adrian passed away on October 31, 2016 at the age of 81 years, 10 months.

Adrian was born in Eindhoven, Netherlands on December 31, 1934, the third child of Adrian and Lamberdina Van de Mosselaer.  After completing trade school in the Netherlands and apprenticing as a carpenter, Adrian’s older twin brothers Harry and Johnny – dissatisfied with their career prospects in the dismal economy of post-war Netherlands – broached the idea of emigrating to Canada.  Rather than having the family being split up on different continents, the entire family decided to move to Canada.  On May 7, 1952 the family boarded the S.S. Waterman and departed from Rotterdam, landing in Levi, Quebec eight days later, and from there boarding a train for a cross-country journey to Winnipeg.  The Van de Mosselaer family made Winnipeg their home for the next several decades, and members of the extended Van de Mosselaer family continue to reside in Winnipeg to this day.

Upon their arrival in Manitoba, the new Canadians took a number of jobs to make ends meet, engaging primarily in farm work, and later moving into the city of Winnipeg where Adrian and his family members continued to work in a variety of jobs.  They also created a home which became an important centre for the social life of the Winnipeg Dutch community.  Adrian continued his carpentry apprenticeship in Winnipeg until he was hired by the Manitoba Telephone System in February, 1957.  He would work for the MTS for nearly 35 years, until his retirement on his 57th birthday on December 31, 1991.

In December 1956, shortly before starting his career with the MTS, Adrian would meet the love of his life Donna through the youth group at their church.   They were engaged 18 months later, and were married in June, 1960.   In the first four years of their marriage Adrian and Donna had their first three sons, and in 1965 the young family moved to Dauphin, Manitoba, where their fourth son was born, and they would raise their family and live for the next 39 years.  Summers were spent enjoying the outdoors camping at any of the many campgrounds in the area, and at the many beaches around Dauphin.  Winters were spent tobogganing, playing hockey, and playing cards – an activity which was a lifelong passion for Adrian.

Amongst his many activities and interests, Adrian was very involved in his church, with the Knights of Columbus, and singing with his Barbershop men’s chorus and quartet.  Adrian was a man of quiet strength and profound faith who was deeply committed to his family, his friends and his community.  He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years Donna (nee Haywood), and his four sons: Adrian III (wife Deborah), Randal (wife Pam), Darren (wife Rosa) and Chris (wife Brenda).  He is also survived by seven adoring grandchildren: Corey (Catherine), Adrian IV, Stefan (Bonnie), Jayme, Lucas, Quinn and Katia.  His favorite sister Cathy also survives him, along with sisters-in-law Mardie and Jeanine.  He was predeceased by his parents as well as by his brothers Harry and Johnny, his brother-in-law John, and his grandson Matthew.

Prayers will be held at St. Charles Garnier Catholic Church at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 4, 2016, and mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 5 at St. Charles Garnier Catholic Church, with Fr. Pat Monette presiding. Inurnment will be at Assumption Catholic Cemetery in Winnipeg, Manitoba at a future date to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the www.cancer.ca.

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Prayer Service
Friday, November 4th at 7:00 pm

Saturday, November 5th at 1:00 pm

St. Charles Garnier Parish

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The prayer service for VAN DE MOSSELAER, Adrian is scheduled for Friday, November 4th at 7:00 pm at located at 3645 Benvoulin Road, Kelowna, BC.

The service for VAN DE MOSSELAER, Adrian is scheduled for Saturday, November 5th at 1:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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St. Charles Garnier Parish

3645 Benvoulin Road Kelowna, BC


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  • Karen Krout and Bert Wolf says:

    We are saddened to hear of Adrian’s passing. We will miss his cheery smile. Karen and Bert

  • Anna-Marie Kulas says:

    Donna, our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Adrian was a wonderful, giving man, who was kind to all he met. Remembering him fondly from our Dauphin days. Take care, Don, Anna-Marie, Paul, Kyle and Justin

  • Maria Sauter (Vande Mosselaer) says:

    So sorry for your loss. Prayers and thoughts with you all at this sad time.

  • Laurie Barry & Terry Montague says:

    So very sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. Take care of one another through this sad time and always.
    Laurie & Terry

  • Heather Hudson says:

    Donna, Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family at this difficult time. God Bless

  • Kristilee and Blake Bolster says:

    Our most sincere condolences to Donna and the entire Van de Mosselaer family. Our thoughts are with you at this time. We send strength and love your way.
    – Blake and Kristilee

  • Fr. Mark Tarrant says:

    Dear Donna and family,

    Please know of my sincerest sympathies. Be assured of my prayers and my affection. I will remember Adrian at Mass this morning. I was always touched by his wisdom and kindness. May he rest in peace.

    Father Mark

  • Sandra, Natasha and Thando Moyo says:

    Our condolences to Donna and the entire Van de Mosselaer family. You are in our prayers and thoughts. Our family will always be Blessed to have met Adrian and shared some wonderful moments over the years. What a kind, kind soul! We will miss him dearly, however we know he is at peace in the Lord’s loving arms. Rest in peace sir!

    Sandra, Natasha & Thando

  • Chuck Martin & Family says:

    Our Deepest Sympathy & Love to you Donna and Family, our Hugs, Tears & Prayers are with You on this Very Sad day of losing a Dearly Beloved Husband, Father & Grandfather, may the Good Lord bless You All and help you through this heart ache.

  • Maureen & Guy Bird says:

    Our deepest sympathy goes out to you, Donna and the family. The sad loss of another good Capricorn and low, low Bass.

  • Julianne, Warren, Ethan, Cole & Adam Sarafinchan says:

    Sending our condolences to the entire Van de Mosselaer family. Our prayers are with you during this difficult time and we hope your memories bring you comfort and peace.



  • Donna & Ernie Mansfield says:

    Donna, we have many memories of our times together in Dauphin. Barbershopping was such a wonderful way to begin friendships that lasted through the years. Last year we lost Art Heibert and now we mourn the loss of Adrian. We offer you and your family our deepest condolences. Perhaps Psalm 34:18 will be of help to you and yours.

    Donna and Ernie Mansfield.

  • Lorraine and Bernice West says:

    Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your Husband, Adrian . Donna, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God Bless You and the Van de Mosselaer family.

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