De Vink, Pieter H.
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Pieter on August 17, 2011.
Born in Rotterdam in the Nether-lands on February 17, 1936, Pieter emigrated to Canada in 1959, eventually settling in Vancouver. After graduating from university, for many years he worked for Correctional Services Canada, eventually retiring from the position of Deputy Commissioner, Pacific Region. In retirement, he spent many memorable years on Salt Spring Island, where he was able to indulge his passion for travel, sailing and building all manner of sheds. He also became a valuable member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary – Gulf Islands Unit 25 – where he imparted his knowledge and enthusiasm to many young sailors.
Beloved husband of Pauline Guénette, caring father to John (Kim) and Allison (Bill), and devoted Opa to Nicholas, Keagan, Jordan, Elizabeth and William. He is survived by his brother Bert (Judy) of Quesnel, B.C., and his sisters Riet and Joke in the Netherlands, along with several nieces and nephews in both the Netherlands and Canada. Pieter will be fondly remembered by his extended family, many friends and colleagues for his warmth, generosity and sense of humour.
Many thanks to the doctors and staff at both the Lady Minto Hospital on Salt Spring and the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria, and especially to Doctors Leon and McGhie, for their compassion and caring.
A celebration of Pieter’s life will be held on Saturday, August 27, 2011, at Meaden Hall, Royal Canadian Legion, 120 Blain Road, Ganges, Salt Spring Island, from 1:30 to 4:00 p.m. If so desired, donations may be made to the Salt Spring Branch of the SPCA (www.spca.bc.ca) or to the Lady Minto Hospital (www.ladymintofoundation.com).