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William Cornelis Van Tol

April 5, 1940 - March 2, 2021


Bill passed away peacefully at Holmberg House Hospice, Abbotsford, BC on Tuesday, March 2, 2021. He is mourned and lovingly remembered by Hennie, his wife of 58 years, along with their children: Terril (Gary) Veeneman, Shirley (Art) Verwoerd, Rich (Jenny), and Wayne (Frankie). He also leaves behind 12 grandchildren: Michelle (Kevin), Daniel (Erin), Sheri (Cam), Becky (Michael), Justin (Taylor), Alisa, Derek (Sarah), Jessica (Jesse), Tia, Ryan (Ashley), Jeremy (Sam), Cassidy and 15 great-grandchildren.  Bill was born on April 5, 1940 in Haarlemmermeer, The Netherlands to John and Teuntje van Tol, number six of 13 children. Bill immigrated to Canada (Abbotsford) with his family in April, 1953 and moved to Ladner, BC a few years later. There Bill met the love of his life, Hennie Kleine, and the two were married on February 22, 1963. They made their home in Ladner until 1992, when they moved to Abbotsford, BC.  Bill and Hennie were blessed with five children, one of whom was born into heaven, and later they were also blessed with 12 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.  Bill’s faith and trust in his Lord was at the core of who he was. It was the foundation of his life, demonstrated both at home with his family, and also in the community. Bill was very involved in Ladner Christian Reformed Church and also Trinity Christian Reformed Church and was honoured to sit on Council for both congregations numerous times. Being a deacon was a work of heart for Bill, and Hennie often joined him for the visits he did.  Bill held a variety of jobs including working at the peat bog, driving truck for a steel company, but the large part of his working career was spent at Vanderpol’s Eggs/Golden Valley Foods. He was well loved and respected by all who had the privilege of working with him.  The Life’s Second Chance Thrift Store was a huge part of Bill’s life after retirement. In fact, he worked as hard as a volunteer there as he ever did for his paid jobs. He was fondly known as the ‘fleet manager’ ‘coffee maker’ and ‘clean-up crew’ all rolled into one. Bill volunteered there five days a week until his illness no longer allowed for it.  Dad’s greatest joy was being with his family. His children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were so very important to him and he was a wonderful, kind, and caring Dad, Opa and Opie. Together, Bill and Hennie have modelled a life of generosity, service, and unconditional love by always being willing to share what they have, and accepting and encouraging everyone, regardless of circumstances.  Bill’s passing has left a huge hole in our families and our hearts. We are comforted knowing that he is relieved from his pain and enjoying the presence of his Lord. Amen!

The memorial service will be live-streamed on March 8, 2021 at 1pm.




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From: Harvey & Carolyn van Tol

We were saddened to hear of Uncle Bill’s passing. He was always welcoming and kind to us, with a genuine smile and a great laugh. Aunt Hennie, Terril, Shirley, Rich and Wayne… and families… we are so very sorry for your loss.

From: Joop and Aleta
Relation: relative

Dear Hennie and kids and grandkids. We are sad to hear of the passing of Bill. We have many great memories of fun family gatherings with tall tales, jokes and games. He was a genuinely warm person and he will be deeply missed.

From: Peter Blom
Relation: Colleague of Bill and Hennie at the thriftstore.

Praying for you and yours, Hennie.

From: Darrin Super
Relation: friend/coworker

Wish you all: Hennie, Terril and Gary, Shirley and Art, Richard, and Wayne, God’s strength and comfort with your husband and dad’s passing. He will definitely be missed. I have such great memories working with Bill for as long as I did and he was a great mentor. He taught me the meaning of working hard.

From: Werner & hilde richelle / the Netherlands
Relation: Friends

Dear henny and family. We heard of bill from hilda winkelhorst. At this moment we are still watching the funeral . Beautiful personal words from the kids and grandchildren. We still remember the times you and bill drove us from and to the airport. The boxing day meetings and of course the new year’s eve at your appartment. We wish you a lot of strength. Condolences to everybody. We hope to see you the next time we have a chance to come to bc again. Hilde & werner richelle from Holland.

From: Corrie Rempel
Relation: Niece.

What a beautiful service to honour Uncle Bill. I am forever grateful for him input and impact on my life – the world always felt a little safer with him around. I will miss him greatly. Much love to Auntie Hennie, Terril, Shirley, Richard and Wayne and your families.

From: Tienie Vriend
Relation: sister-in-law

My condolences to you Hennie,
Love you and wish I could be there with you.
Your sister Tienie

From: Monte vanTol
Relation: Nephew

Goodbye uncle Bill. Condolences to all

From: Wayne and Juanita Reitsema

I am so sorry for your difficult loss Hennie, Terril, Shirley, Rich and Wayne, grandchildren and greats. Your beloved husband, father, and grandfather will be so missed. May you deeply feel God’s comfort and peace in the hard days ahead.

From: Dave Kornelius
Relation: Nephew

So sorry for your loss. Uncle Bill was a wonderful man who will be missed by all who are left behind.

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Service Schedule

  Graveside Service

Date & Time:
March 8, 2021
Beginning at 1:00pm


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