It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Jake Verbaas of Bellevue, AB on May 7, 2021 at the Crowsnest Pass Health Care Centre, Blairmore, AB. He was 85 years of age.
Jake was born in Abbenes, Netherlands on January 15, 1936 to parents, Johannes and Dirkje Verbaas. The family immigrated to Canada in 1952 where they settled in Picture Butte, AB. From there, they relocated to the Burmis Camp at Burmis, AB, then to Iron Springs, AB before making the Crowsnest Pass, AB their permanent home in 1963.
Jake was a very active, hardworking person who always had a project on the go. From gardening, to carpentry, to working on his truck, or fixing anything and everything, his hands were always busy. He loved watching hockey and wrestling, and he had an impressive comic collection. Comics were not only a hobby for Jake, they were how he learned English when he came to Canada.
To some, Jake may have seemed stubborn, but those who knew him best knew that he was just passionate and steadfast in his convictions and that he didn’t waste time. He had a “get at it” attitude and got straight to the point. Jake had a great love for his family and for children, and he could always be counted on to be there when needed. He will be deeply missed and forever remembered with love and respect.
Left to mourn his passing and celebrate his life are his brothers, Jim (Linda) Verbaas of Blairmore, AB, Henry Verbaas of Blairmore, AB, Conrad (Anne) Verbaas of Bellevue, AB and their families – especially his niece and caregiver, Susan (Jay) Fyten, and his extended family.
He was predeceased by his parents, Johannes “John” and Dirkje Verbaas and his sisters, Heiltje Verbaas, Betsie van der Linden and Suzanna Martin.
A private family viewing was held at Fantin’s Funeral Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the Canadian Diabetes Association (www.diabetes.ca). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555
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