Dirk Bergsma

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BERGSMA, Dirk….

Was taken into glory to be with his Saviour, on Sunday, October 11, 2020, at his home in London, Ontario, at the age of 88. Dirk is survived by his dear wife of 62 years, Annemarie (Lindhout) and his children and grandchildren: Karen and Jan Nobel (Dave and Teresa, Derek and Amanda, Dan and Desiree, Justin and Helena, Jordan and Angelina), Richard and Marjorie Bergsma (Wes and Amy, Matt and Hannah, Greg and Jessica, Joel and Becca, Olivia), Marianne and Edward Slaa (Jonathan and Riana, Joel and Annemarie, Fraser and Hannah, Kenton, Raelene), and Heather and Richard Aikema (Adam and Janeanne, Matt, Jared and Leasa). He has been a loving "Grandpa Dirk" to 37 great-grandchildren. Dirk is also survived by his family in The Netherlands: his sister Ria and husband Piet Heidema, sister-in-law Ineke, brother Cor and wife Fenna, brother Joop and wife Truus, and nieces and nephews. Dirk will be missed by his wife's family: Kees and Julie Lindhout , Jake and Nellie Oosterhoff, Bill and Elisabeth Oostdyk, Jack Lodder, Peter and Lorraine Lindhout, and many nieces and nephews. Dirk was predeceased by his parents, Anne and Hendrika (van Dijk) Bergsma, his brothers Corrie, Tom (Hennie), Jan (Corrie, Lies), Luuk (Lies), and Anne, all of The Netherlands. He was also predeceased by Cornelis and Elisabeth (Schoon) Lindhout, and Josephine (Lindhout) Lodder.

Dirk was born in Groningen, The Netherlands, into a busy family of seven brothers and one sister.  He was a young boy during World War Two, and his family experienced hardship and separation, especially when soldiers occupied the family home.  Dirk was conscripted into the Dutch army when he was 18 years old and served as a driving instructor for military vehicles.

Dirk began his career as a pastry chef in The Netherlands, and then was sponsored by Mr. Kees Lindhout to join his bakery in Orangeville.  There he met Kees' young daughter, Annemarie.  She was young, but maturity overcame youth and, to quote Dad, "She could not take her eyes off me!"  They were married in 1958 and blessed with four children, and later 18 grandchildren and 37 great grandchildren.  Dad enjoyed involvement in family events and was also an active member of Pilgrim Canadian Reformed Church (London), where he was an organist for 50 years. Dad spent many years making superior pastries, enjoyed by many people. Upon his retirement, Dad and Mom traveled extensively across Canada and elsewhere.

Several things come to mind when we think of our Dad.  He was well-known for his sense of humour, often injecting funny remarks into serious conversations. His love of music carried on throughout the years, as he played at church, at weddings and funerals, and was singing psalms and harmonizing even a few days before his death. Dad loved anything sweet - peppermints, "beschuit met suiker", and more than one or two or three scoops of sugar in his coffee and tea. Dad was an example of thankfulness, daily thanking the Lord for all he and Mom had been given.

We were so grateful to have Dad home again after his week in the hospital. We were able to talk, joke, sing, and visit with him for those precious three days. Several grandchildren were able to see him yet and all his children came before the Lord took him home on Thanksgiving Sunday, which was also Mom and Dad’s 62nd wedding anniversary! We are so thankful for Dad's example of serving God and others and we rejoice that he can now enjoy all that his heavenly Father has prepared for him. His children and grandchildren will be reminded of his familiar voice whenever we read Psalm 100:

"For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations."

Friends are welcomed for visiting on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 from 7-9 pm at Pilgrim Canadian Reformed Church, 266 High Street, London, where the funeral service will take place on Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 1 pm. As a limited number of people are able to attend, sign up for the visitation and service is required and can be found at this link: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/655257522062/false#/invitation. For those unable to attend, a live stream of the service can be found here: http://youtu.be/pKXmH7VWo4M. Interment in Woodland Cemetery, London. Donations in Dirk's memory may be made to the Anchor Association, 361 Thirty Road, Beamsville, ON L0R 1B2. Arrangements entrusted with A. Millard George Funeral Home, 519-433-5184. Online condolences, memories and photographs shared at www.amgfh.com