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With his family by his side Andy Groenveld of Ripley passed away peacefully, at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Kincardine on Wednesday October 18, 2023 at the age of 95.
Survived by his wife Ann Groenveld (De Vries) of 68 years and sister Janny De Vries of Bellville.
Andy will be sadly missed by his children Art (Debbie) Groenveld of Grimsby, Gord (Grace) Groenveld of Mitchell, Andrew Groenveld of Lucknow, Anita (Gary) Rutledge of Kincardine. Predeceased by Stewart Groenveld (2014)
11 grandchildren 14 great grandchildren
Andy immigrated to Canada from Holland in 1951. He worked on several farms and logging camps before going back to Holland in 1955 for his sweetheart. They were married on February 23, 1955. On March 11, 1955 they departed from Rotterdam and came to Canada, arriving in Canada with $10 and a couple of suitcases. They worked hard on various farms until they could rent and eventually buy a farm. First in Brussels and then in Kincardine Ont. One of their biggest farming highlights was on a Sunday afternoon one of the cows had triplets, which was very rare. After a few moves within the area they made their home Rosewood Rvilla Retirement Living, Ripley. Andy and Ann enjoyed 17 winters in Florida with friends. Lots of Euchre and Shuffleboard.
A funeral service will be held at MacKenzie & McCreath Funeral Home, Ripley, on Sunday October 22, 2023 at 2 PM with visitation one hour prior.
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Anita and Gary,
So sorry to read about the passing of Andy, any time we crossed paths he always would have some words or stories to tell me and he was a genuine great man. I never imagined Andy to be as old as he was? I hope all of the good memories of your father can bring a smile to your face as that is what I can only imagine he would want every one to do.
Andy and Ann were such good friends for my Mom and Dad, Stuart and Eletta Aitken. He was a good man and his legacy lives on in his children and grandchildren. We send our thoughts and prayers for the peace of God to surround you all at this time. Sincerely Bruce Aitken.
Message from George and Jane Zwep2023-10-21 18:38:12
So sorry to hear about Uncle Andy. He was always such a happy fellow with lots of smiles. A great loss to your family. Strength to you all in the days ahead.
We were backyard neighbours when they lived in Lucknow. Had some great chats in those years next to gardens in each yard. The very best of neighbours. We were lucky to enjoy their friendship at the time.
Message from Karen and Greg McDonald2023-10-20 08:15:57
Thinking of you at this sad time. Our Deepest Sympathy in the loss of your Dear Father.
May the peace of the Lord see you through this time of sorrow. Uncle Andy was a very special person who was always willing to help others in need he will be deeply missed by his family and friends we will always carry a special place in my heart for Andy Gronveld he was my favorite Uncle
Love you Uncle Andy Always and Forever
Anita, Gary, Tyson, Skylar, Serena
The picture of your Dad and Papa says it all. You couldn't help but smile when you saw his. It was contagious. I am deeply grateful and feel privileged to have had chats with your Dad. He never ceased to amaze me with the events he lived through and yet, that smile. As I know you will, cherish your memories now and in the months and years to come. Love Dawna
So sad to read about the loss of your father .
Please accept our sincere condolences.
Wayne ,Sandi Veltkamp and Family
Message from Joan pollard 2023-10-19 18:20:06
Our deepest sympathy to Anne and all her family,,, what a wonderful happy devoted man to have had in your lives,, the world is a better place because of people like him and Anne, he was so good to visit my dad at rvilla , they could talk about anything but usually WW11 would come up when memories of dad and other Canadians infiltrated Holland ,, Andy lived through those terrible years,, as dad said many times ,,,the Dutch loved and never forgot what the Canadians did for them,, and they in return loved the Dutch and proud to liberate them, ,,,,so sorry to be away but know my prayers and thoughts are with you all ,,,