We Remember

VAN DER WERF, Feike “Fred” Franciscus

June 13, 1939 — August 30, 2023

Born on June 13, 1939 in Huizum, Netherlands, Fred Van Der Werf passed away unexpectedly on August 30, 2023, in West Kelowna, BC, at the age of 84 years.

He will be missed by family and friends.


“Let’s GO!”, might be his say.
Only sleep would prepare for the next day.
Engaged to a task was a daily routine.
Discipline and commitment the result to be keen.
A wavy stache presents a stern look.
Only caring and loving was there to be took.
On horse with his nature and love for outdoors.
Good chance he was thinking of his next chores.
Goodbye to a good man, father and friend.
Your long sunset l’m sure will not be the end.”

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, September 16, 2023, at 1:00 PM, at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC, with a reception to follow in the Springfield Funeral Home Family Centre. If you are able to attend Fred’s Celebration of Life, we invite you to wear colour to the ceremony to honour the life that Fred had.

If you are unable to attend in person, please join the family online by Livestream at the time of the service (see above), a recording will be made available to view shortly thereafter.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Salvation Army, or Habitat for Humanity.

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Saturday, September 16, 2023, at 1:00 PM

Springfield Funeral Home

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The service for VAN DER WERF, Feike “Fred” Franciscus is scheduled for Saturday, September 16, 2023, at 1:00 PM. Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

Address & Contact for Service Location:

Springfield Funeral Home

2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna BC


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  • María Esperanza Penagos Enriquez says:

    Querida Arlene y familia. Que Dios y la Virgen les den mucha fuerza y fortaleza en estos momentos. Que los recuerdos de Fred siempre se llevan en el corazón. Reciban un fuerte abrazo con todo cariño.

  • David Chadder says:

    Very sorry to hear of the passing of Fred. We had dinner in Calgary a few weeks with Arlene and Scarlett as well as Vittorio and Megan. Fred was lucid, friendly and enjoyable as we spoke of forest fires, his life, horses and the joy of life in the country. He was in great spirits and ate with gusto. Marg and I will miss Fred but be assured that he had a full life and we share his love of horses and riding in the great outdoors. David and Marg Chadder

  • John Rocheleau says:

    I haven’t seen Fred for a very long time, but he was one of those guys you remember. One of the nicest people I’ve come across. His presence always brightened the day!

  • Bonnie banks says:

    Thinking of Freddy, although I didn’t spend a lot of time with Freddy it was always warm and comfortable. Rest in peace. Love to the rest of the family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Danny says:

    Could not have had a better dad than Freddy. Freddy was an incredible person. Well loved loved well all the best wishes to all the people that knew Freddy, a patriarch, a horse whisperer and many many more things truly miss Freddy, all the best of the family for all the rest of you live Smiles forever just like Freddy did

  • Stephanie Calderon says:

    Fred was such a great guy! Really loving man who cared for his wife and family. My deepest condolences to all he loved.

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