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Lloyd Albert Riemersma

November 29, 1952 - January 4, 2020


Lloyd passed away peacefully in the arms of His Savior and taken to his heavenly home on January 4, 2020, after a short battle with cancer.  Lloyd was born in Edmonton, Alberta on November 29, 1952 to Andrew and Rommy Riemersma.  He was the eldest of five children and grew up loving to play baseball with his siblings and neighborhood kids.

His immediate family moved in 1971 to Abbotsford, BC, where he worked on pig and dairy farms over the years as well as was employed at Harrison Hot Springs and on Agassiz farms, the latter being his favorite.  Living in Chilliwack in his own duplex was short lived as he chose to move to Vernon on a whim in 1985 and resided there for the rest of his life.

Lloyd created his own family in Vernon as he was befriended and enjoyed the friendships within the caring community.  He was very independent, lived on his own, and had a great work ethic.  He was very creative in making a little extra money by collecting bottles, shoveling snow, washing windows and sweeping parking lots for local businesses.  Washing dishes got him a free lunch to the point that when he came back on vacation to see family in Abbotsford, he always felt he came at great risk as he could lose one of his jobs.  He always returned to Vernon, as everyone knew him by name.  From Earls, to Starbucks, to Jim’s Pizza, and a local gas station, he had good acquaintances.  The Earl’s staff even threw him a 60th birthday party seven years back and gave him a cell phone.

Lloyd was an avid fan of the Seattle Seahawks and the Vancouver Canucks.  Lloyd’s favorite foods were New York Steak/baked potato, “with all the fixings”; festive turkey dinner; BBQed spare ribs, and for drinks he loved root beer floats and his favorite Starbucks coffee selection was grande, dark roast, a little cream, and 4 shots of caramel.  During his hospital stay, these coffees were given to family members for free, to take up to Lloyd, with his name handwritten on the cup.

Lloyd was predeceased in death by his father Andrew.  He is survived by his mother, Rommy Riemersma; Irene (Frank) Van Nes; Richard (Judy) Riemersma; Margo (Richard) Vandervelden; and Ron Riemersma.   Lloyd also had twelve nieces and nephews as well as fifteen grand nieces and nephews.

A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 1:00 pm at the Immanuel Covenant Reformed Church on 35063 Page Rd., Abbotsford, BC V3G 1N8

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the Doctors and Hospital Staff of Vernon Jubilee Hospital, for their care and attention to Lloyd’s health and comfort during the last six weeks of his life.


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From: Jan Bakker
Relation: Friend

Got to know Lloyd when his parents looked after me and my brother when mom was having a baby .When he moved to Vernon we would often give him a ride to church or have coffee .Sorry to hear of his passing .

From: Tabina Riemersma
Relation: familie, nicht

Lieve Tante Rommy en familie,
gecondoleerd met het verlies van uw zoon en jullie broer,zwager en oom Lloyd. Wij wensen jullie veel sterkte toe.
Harry en Tabina

From: Pearl Peters
Relation: Friend of the family

To the whole Riemersma Family. We offer up our condolences to all the family of Lloyd. He will be sadly missed by all of you and our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you at this time of sorrow. I always remember Lloyd as a sweet guy, living with many challengings. Life can be hard but peace is found in our Heavenly Father. Lloyd now has that peace in full ! Praise God.
We will see you at his memorial service. May God give you His peace and strength in the days ahead. Matt and Pearl Peters.

From: Eric G Timmermans
Relation: Acquaintance from years ago.

To all the family members Gesine and I send our condolences

From: Rev Chuck Harper
Relation: working relationship

Hello, my name is Chuck Harper. I just found out about Lloyds passing. I am a Community Chaplain in Vernon. I have known Lloyd for ten years primarily when I worked at the Mission here. I used to see him regularly and would have some great conversations about all kinds of things over the years. He was most often pretty happy. I am truly sorry for his passing. We will be holding a bit of our own memorial here as something we do regularly when one of our own passes away. He will be remembered.

From: David Bootsma
Relation: Chaplain at Upper Room Mission

On behalf of the Upper Room Mission in Vernon I would like to express my condolences on the passing of Lloyd. I enjoyed many good conversations with Lloyd and was sorry to hear he passed away. Grace and peace to you.

From: Tabina van Slooten

Lieve tante Rommy en familie.
Gecondoleerd met het verlies van Lloyd.
Heel veel sterkte .
Liefs Tabina, dochter van Piet en Janke van Slooten.

Service Schedule

  Memorial Service

Date & Time:
January 14, 2020
Beginning at 1:00pm

Immanuel Covenant Reformed Church
35063 Page Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

35063 Page Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

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