On Friday, May 17, 2019 it pleased he Lord to take home his loved one, Peter Van Der Meer at the age of 89 years with a dear friend at his side.
Piet was born in MyDrecht, The Netherlands to Lammert and Deliantje Van Der Meer (Vanpeet), the oldest of ten children.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 35 years, Peggy, step son Martin and grandson Tom. Sisters Janke (Bertus) VdBurg, Ietje (Wim) MeyerNel (Janus) VanLith, sister-in-law Trynie Van Der Meer, brother-in-law Joop ByLemeer, brother and sister-in-law Ed and Patti Hiebert, and many nieces and nephews. Piet was predeceased by his parents Lammert and Deliantje Van Der Meer, parents-in-law John and Annie Hiebert, brothers; Co, Lammert (Klazien), Jan (Ali), Niek (Gre); sisters Emmie (age 10) and Janie, brother and sister-in-law John and Margaret Hiebert.
Piet immigrated to Canada in 1952 with friends Rien and Tet Hage. He worked at different farms, the B. C. Pea Growers plant, Manco Dairies, Portage Creamery, Perth’s Cleaners and in 1980 he became employed at the Portage la Prairie School Division, retiring in 1995.
When Portage Evangelical Church purchased the old Beaver Lumber building, he spent many hours, cleaning up, pulling nails, organinzing lumber and stripping and waxing floors. He enjoyed wood working, building many lawn swings, picnic tables, spoon racks and shuffle boards. Later on, scroll sawing became his hobby, clocks, pictures, plaques, and letters that grace the church walls.
Piet accepted the Lord as a young man, faithfully attending services in Winnipeg, Brandon and Portage la Prairie. Portage Evangelical Church became his home after his marriage to Peggy. He loved his church family where he was known as the “Candy Man”.
Piet loved camping and was looking forward to the annual Senior’s Campout at Spruce Woods Park. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Thanks to the doctor and staff at the Portage and Concordia Hospitals for their care and compassion.
A Memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.in the Portage Evangelical Church, 27 Third Street N. E., Portage la Prairie, with a reception to follow.