We Remember

VANDERWOOD, Jack (Jacob van der Woude)

July 6, 1915 — May 1, 2012

Our father (Heit), grandfather (Pake) and great-grandfather (Oer Pake) Jack passed away early in the morning of May 1, 2012 having lived much of his life on his terms.  Mourning his passing are his companion ‘Beppe’ Rinske, along with children Paul (Kathleen) of Delta, Bertha (Bruce) of Okanagan Centre,  and Martin (Marion) of Sooke. Also mourning their grandfather are Russell (Debbie), Anna (Jeremy), Mark (Ingrid), David (Janice), and Denise (Larry) and great-grandchildren, Jacob, Samuel, Claire, Adam, Jonathan and Nicholas as well as Kathleen’s daughters Celina and Melissa and his many friends in Canada and The Netherlands. Jack was pre-deceased by his wife Sytsche (van Manen) in 1977. In later years, the Capri Sunday brunch and the IHOP restaurant were favourites.  IHOP staff will miss his order of the ‘rise and shine’ along with ‘coffee with hot milk and honey.’

Jack was born on July 6, 1915 in Drachten (The Netherlands) to parents Lolle (van der Woude) and Anna (Yntema).  He attended school from 1921 until 1932. Due to the depression, Jack was the only member of his class to have a job when he finished school.  He joined the Frico (Frisian Co-Operative Dairy Export Company) in their office.  In 1941 he purchased an insurance portfolio and in 1945 added an accounting office in partnership with his close and life-long friend Akko v/d Veen.

Jack moved his family from The Netherlands to Kelowna on April 1, 1957. He first worked in the offices of the company installing the gas pipeline through the OK Valley and then for the Kelowna Bridge Company.  Soon he moved back into the insurance business and after several years in insurance became very successful in real estate and land development.

As a result of health problems as a young married man, Jack pursued healthy eating habits long before these were picked up by the mainstream media, including avoiding sugar, bad carbs, etc.  His breakfast was ‘grains’ and the recipe became so popular that the Springfield Bulk Food store has a bin labelled: ‘Jack’s Grains.’  He helped many to better health with his recommendations for grains, fresh fruit, and vegetables. His ‘mission’ to educate all of us on healthy eating habits resulted in plenty of ‘letters to the editor’ and he became a well-known contributor to the Daily Courier.

The family wishes to thank the exemplary staff at Brandt’s Creek Mews for heartfelt caring and their attentive and personal service and thank Dr. Sokol for his kind attention to Jack.

The family will hold a private interment.  A celebration of Jack’s life is planned for a later date in Okanagan Centre BC.  If you wish to attend this celebration of life please RSVP Bertha at 250-766-1125 or Paul at 604-946-4184.

A celebration of Jack's life is planned for a later date in Okanagan Centre BC.

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