Clarence Wiersma

It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather, Clarence John Wiersma on Thursday December 30, 2021 at 67 years old.  We deeply mourn his untimely death, but with hope, rejoice that he is in the presence of His Loving Saviour Jesus.  Clare is survived by his beloved wife of over 45 years, Evelien Wiersma (Van Der Velde).  He adored and was faithfully devoted to his 4 children (and spouses), 26 grandchildren (and spouse) and 2 great-grandchildren.

His daughter Joeline (Jeremy) Van Kesteren and their children Jesse, Kara (Ronald) Van de Bruinhorst,  Nadia, Emma, Julia, Calvin, Alyssa, Tessa, Ava and Joseph.  And great-grandchildren, Affie and Elaina.

His daughter Chandra (Dusty) Benner and their children Konrad, Tiernan, Traeton, Aidrea and Avirly.

His daughter Jenica (Dan) Van Kesteren and their children Asher, Tasha, Adrian, Aaron, Adelynn, Samuel, Anne and Alida.

His son Kellen (Meghan) Wiersma and their children Adelaide, Lukas and Noelle.

Clare was the son of Klaas and Teddy Wiersma, and brother to Jeffrey (Laura) and Cindy (Robert) McDougall.

Clare was a devoted follower of Jesus and faithfully served his community in so many ways.  He was a long time elder at Gregory Drive Alliance Church.  He served the vulnerable in the community in various ways including, as a board member of the CMHA, helping form the group “Street Frenz”, a committee member of “Indwell”, along with so many other ways that he touched the lives of so many around him.

Clare served as a police officer for the Chatham-Kent Police Service from May 1980, retiring as Deputy Chief in April 2012.  Having always had a love for designing and building homes, Clare began Kentwood Construction Inc with his son-in-law Dan in October 2012.  Clare and Evelien loved to travel with their 5th-Wheel trailer, regularly going to Florida, and out West to visit their 2 children and their families who lived there.  On these trips and at home in Chatham Clare took great joy in nature of all kinds, and especially loved to share these experiences with those he loved.  Clare and Evelien loved to spend time together in their kayaks or out on the boat.  His children and grandchildren have countless memories with him in nature, whether it’s hiking miles of a trail with a large rock to take home, fishing or hunting, waterskiing, catching frogs in the pond, or just simply sitting and enjoying whatever view and wildlife was around; and if no one was with him, he’d often capture a video or picture to share with us later!

Throughout Clare’s short battle with sickness and in the days following his death we have felt overwhelmingly blessed and cared for by our family in Christ and friends near and far.  Thank-you to all who have prayed, called, messaged, visited or dropped off food during this time.   We cannot express our gratitude enough!  

Visitation will take place at Gregory Drive Alliance Church in Chatham on Thursday January 6, 2-4pm and 7-9pm.  A service to remember and celebrate Clare’s life will be held at Gregory Drive Alliance Church on Friday January 7 at 1pm with burial to follow.

**Please note** Current Covid Protocols will be in place. You must contact Life Transitions at 519-351-4444 or to reserve a time for visitation and for attendance at the funeral.

Donations in Clare’s memory can be made to:  Indwell or to “Street Frenz” and designating your gift to “Street Frenz”.

Chatham Daily News Tribute to Clare- 

Link To Live Stream Event -> HERE

80 Comments on “Clarence Wiersma”

  1. We were a little shocked to see this Today.
    Clare and Evelien were our neighbour’s for a few years on Longwoods Rd.
    They were closer to us than that when we lost our son Myles.
    We hope he did not suffer and send the family our wishes for peace and comfort.

    1. We at Preferred Building Products are saddened to hear of Clare’s passing .
      We were honored to know such a noble man. May he R.I.P and we pray for his family and friends to have strength to endure the days ahead.

  2. I’m thinking of you Evelien and family at this very difficult time .
    I remember how kind you both had been to us many years ago , it was something I’ll always remember .
    May he rest in peace.
    Sending my prayers to you all

  3. Sorry to hear of Clare’s passing, one of the best hockey parents, good police officer. Talked to him several times whenever I had to do work at the station. All around great guy.

  4. Mrs Wiersema- I have lots of memories of time spend on Lancefield as your neighbours. We will continue to pray for you, Jolene, Chandra, Jenica, Kellen, and families. God is good, even in grief.
    Sarah (Heyink) Huizing

  5. Evelien & Famiy – Our thoughts and prayers are with you. It was my honour and priviledge to wotk with Clare.
    Sincere Condolences
    Valerie & Don

    1. I was saddened to hear of Clare’s passing. I was honoured to have known him and work alongside him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all and hope you find comfort in the wonderful memories that were made with Clare. May the Good Lord give you the strength during this time of healing. He will be missed but never forgotten.

  6. Dear Evelien & Family,

    We are deeply saddened to hear of Clare’s passing. May your memories and your strong faith in God help to carry you through these very difficult times. Sending all our love and prayers.

  7. Evelien and family, our hearts ache upon learning of your loss. May the Good Lord give all of you the strength to endure. Clare has been a wonderful family leader and friend whom you and everyone he has touched in his life will dearly miss. May his memory be everlasting

  8. Dear Evelien and families- sincere condolences to you and your families- we have great memories of you being our neighbours on Lancefiekd and also knowing Clare in high school – may our good and gracious God give you all comfort and peace in the days ahead – love from Henry & Judy Heyink

  9. Dearest WIERSMA family: I will always remember Clare from the time I was very little and our families grew up together having lived just a few houses away in the same neighborhood. We had fun as kids and I met up with Clare once again when I worked at CKPS. Clare was a man of integrity and a kind heart and he always had a smile for you. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the WIERSMA family. God Bless.

  10. Our deepest sympathies goes out to the family for their lost. Clare served his community with great pride. He will be missed by all who knew him. May God bless and our prayers to the family

  11. Thinking of your family during this difficult time. Clare was a wonderful man. Our deepest condolences, Nicole Coles and family.

  12. My sincerest condolences to the entire Wiersma family. Keeping you all in thought and prayer.

  13. Condolences to the Wiersma family; a shock to hear of his passing. family and faith were the cornerstone of his being; sending my best to the family.

  14. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family. May the memories you treasure help you through this difficult time. He was such a kind man.
    Kevin and Christine Havens

  15. My sincere condolences to the family. He was a very kind man and always held out his hand friendship. He certainly will be missed by all.

  16. I was saddened to hear of Clare’s passing. I will remember him for his legacy of caring and service to his community.

  17. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Wiersma Family during this sad time. I had the honour of working with Clare at the Police Service and I was struck by his faithfulness in serving Jesus Christ. He was a man of conviction and I fondly remember when he met with myself and other officers for prayer during his lunch period. I never forgot that and was inspired by his boldness to put Jesus first. God bless his family.

  18. Eveline and family. My deepest and most sincerest condolences with the passing of Clare to glory. He was a true warrior for the Lord. Clare brought me much comfort and concern to me with his regular phone calls after my wife Pat went home to the Lord in 2020. Praying for strength for you all during this difficult time.

  19. My deepest condolences go out to the Weirsma family. A great loss to all who knew him.

    Thoughts & prayers at this difficult time.

  20. Evelien and family

    Wow what a shock. Worked many years with Clare and what always stood out was his strong faith in Christ and his family. What a tremendous legacy he has left behind. Warm thoughts and prayers to you all.

  21. Dear Evelien and family, we remember with fondness our 4 years as neighbours on Goldpark Ave and as dear friends at Ebenezer church. Our hearts are saddened at the news of Clare’s passing. Although he is now in a far, far better place, he will be dearly missed by you all. We pray that the Lord will strengthen and sustain you in the time to come. Love and blessings from Jake & Bonnie Bouwman, Ange, Jodie, Derek, Joel, Ben and families. ✝️

  22. One of the greatest Hockey parents to work with. Clare always had a cheery disposition. When deciding on a course of action Clare was a great source of guidance. Truly a wonderful man who will be missed by those people who he interacted with.

  23. Very sad news to all who knew Clare. Although I have not seen Clare for a number of years, I will always remember the early years of my career working with him. Always professional, positive and a person who others looked up to. He will be missed by all who were fortunate to have known him.
    Thought and prayers
    Terry and Lori King

  24. We are very sorry to learn of Claire’s passing! Sending hugs and prayers for the days ahead. jane and brian wright

  25. Dear Evelien, Jolene, Chandra, Jenica and Kellen and families,
    We offer our sincere condolences as you grieve the loss of your husband and father. But we know your comfort is that we grieve with hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13). We remember you as fellow parishioners at Eben-Ezer Church, neighbours on Goldpark Road, and that our children were friends and classmates at Eben-Ezer Christian School! Praying you receive comfort and strength through the prayers of family and friends and healing through our Great Physician!

  26. This dear man will be sorely missed. He was an example to so many. We grieve not for him as we know he is with his Lord. Our hearts ache for Evelien and the family and we pray she and they will experience the comforting arms of Jesus. much love, Tom and Carla

  27. Dear Evelien and Family:
    We were so saddened to hear that Clare passed away. The Gregory Drive family were sincerely praying for a miracle and
    now believe he is in the presence of his Lord and Saviour.
    May you be comforted and strengthened through these difficult times, remembering him with many fond memories.
    Grace 365
    Sandy and George Sims

  28. So very sorry for your loss. Clare and Dan built a garage for us. We loved dealing with the family. Clare was a great man. He will surely be missed by many- both family and friends. Our deepest sympathy to all who mourn his loss.

  29. Deepest sympathy to Clare’s family. he was a wonderful man respected by all who had the opportunity to interact with him. Treasure your memories to give you strength in the days ahead.

  30. Deep condolences to the Wiersma family from everyone at Indwell. Clare’s heart to help and support people was pretty evident to all.

  31. I am so very sorry to hear of the passing of Clare. My condolences to the Wiersma family. Strength and comfort to you during this difficult time. My sincere sympathy.

  32. Clare was the quintessential gentleman. I feel blessed to have had the pleasure to know him. May God bless the entire Wiersma family during this difficult time.

  33. Evelien and family, we are so saddened to hear of Clare’s passing. We know he is in a better Place, but we pray that God may bring strength and comfort to your hearts. Praying for physical healing for you also. We have fond memories of our time at Ebenezer School – Clare’s signature is on my first teaching contract, teaching Jenica, and hanging out in the staffroom with you!
    Romans 14:8 For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord. So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. Jim & Yvonne Bultje

  34. Sorry to hear of Clairs passing . May the lord hold your family in his arms and give you strength , always enjoyed working for Clair in his building endeavours

  35. my condolences to the Wiersma family, sorry to hear of your loss. Have many fond memories growing up with Clare. He was a wonderful person.

  36. “Very saddened to hear of the passing of Clare. He was a genuinely good man, and will be missed! Condolences to his family and many friends!”

  37. ……Evelieu. I can not explain my feeling ……I’m so incredibly sad …. we have not been close or “best buddies”
    But I would continually run into Clair here and their and allways a smile or a wave ….. while I was acting for your family it was a pleasant time from day to day …….. please hug your children for me …. I can not imagine the sadness they all must be going through ….. and You !!!

    I’m sure the thousands of great fun positive memories will help you get through this very very sad time

    Please except my condolences from my family to your family

    Stay safe and please please stay healthy


  38. Our condolences to the entire Wiersma family. A father will be sadly missed but his memory will never be forgotten!

  39. Our condolences to the entire Wiersma family. He will be sadly missed but his memory will live forever.

  40. Our condolences to the entire Wiersma family. I have lots of great memories working with Clare at Chatham City PS
    He will truly be missed and we think of you all
    Sincere sympathies.
    Gary and Kim Scoyne

  41. Evelien and family, So sorry to hear of Clare’s passing . You are great neighbors and he was so easy to talk to about most anything . Although we never talked a lot when we did it was extended because he was so interesting . We will miss him as we drive by and
    get that wave.
    Ken and Deb Smith (neighbors)

  42. So saddened to hear of Clare’s untimely passing…what a shock…my thoughts and prayers are with you, family, and with all those who will be touched by his passing. May his life be a witness to his faith.

  43. Our deepest sympathy to the ALL the Wiersma family. Clare was a very nice man. Hold ALL his memories close to your hearts.
    Roger and Monique Bourassa

  44. So sad to read this. I worked with Claire, he was the definition of a kind gentleman. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

    1. Sincere condolences to the Wiersma family . I have very fond memories growing up with Clare’s family. His parents Teddy and Klaus stood up at my parents’ wedding. ( Ken and Doreen Maynard). We often vacationed together. This whole community lost a true friend! May he Rest in Peace.

  45. Dear Mrs. Wiersma, Joeline, Chandra, Jenica and Kellen and families,
    We wish you our sincere condolences with the sudden loss of your husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. May our gracious God grant you peace, comfort and strength for the days ahead as you deal with this tremendous loss.
    Psalm 55:22 ” Cast your cares upon the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”
    Andrew and Kerri (Jongbloed) Jans and family

  46. I was blessed to have known Clare while working at the Shell Gas Station some years ago, he would come by and check up on me periodically to make sure I was alright during my shift as did many of the Officers ….. he was always so full of life and kind in his service to our community. He will be missed; thoughts and prayers with you and your family at this most difficult time in Clare’s journey

  47. my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family ,I watched your children grow from when they were young. May God bless you always.

  48. Wiersma Family,

    We are so sorry to hear of your immense loss. Clare was a truly special man and neighbour. We will remember Clare for his genuine smile, sharp sense of humour and generosity. We will miss his friendly wave from your backyard to ours when heading down to the river. Sending positive and healing thoughts towards you.

    Pete, Bev, Brett, Emma and Maggie

  49. Dear Evelien, Jolene,Chandra,Jenica and Kellen….We send our deepest sympathies to you all for your great loss…May you all be comforted with the knowledge that many are praying for you in your present pain and you’ll experience His abiding nearness and enveloping grace. Clare served His Lord with quiet gentleness and strong faith…much love…be encouraged by Titus 3vs. 4-7

  50. Evelien and family, Ken and I are so sorry to hear of Claire passing. As you travel through these days we pray for God’s comfort and peace as you remember a life well lived for our Savior and Lord. Rest in Jesus arms. God bless you and your family. Ken and Nicole Huff

  51. Dear Evelien and Family. John and I are deeply saddened by the loss of Clare. You both have been such great examples of Christ-likeness to us. We pray for God’s peace and comfort for all of you in this difficult time.

  52. Evelien and family, Julie and I are sorry to hear of the passing of Clare. I have known Clare and his dad for many years working in construction. It was a pleasure working with them. Clare was a great man of integrity. it was shown in his work ethics. He spoke very highly of his family and was very proud of them. I got to know Dan (son-in-law) the past few years. He will be able to carry on the business that they started and will do a great job and will carry on the integrity and professionalism that Clare had. Our hearts are heavy but we are and will continue to pray for this family.
    Laurence and Julie

  53. So saddened to hear the sudden passing of Clare. Clare was a great friend I got to know through the many years he dealt with Rona. Through our chats I learned he was a strong man of wisdom & top priority was his family. May the memories, stories he shared & family traits he passed down keep him close to your heart forever. Sincere condolences.

  54. I always enjoyed Clare’s company on the various courses we took together at the OPC. He was a man of integrity and strong conviction and well respected in the policing community.

  55. Thanks Clair for all the times we worked together at GDAC. Your unwavering commitment to our Lord will be well rewarded now. So sad we could not have said goodbye but I know we will both cross paths again someday. Looking for the day when those promises s are fulfilled. See you.

  56. My condolences in your loss Mrs. Wiersma. I have fond memories of you as my grade 2 teacher many years ago and distinctly remember Clare, as your fiance, visiting you during school and also personally attending your wedding.
    May God strengthen you for the days ahead.

  57. Dear Evelien and Family:
    Please accept our deepest condolences and sympathies on the passing of our dear friend and brother in Christ, Clare. So untimely, unexpected and maybe even difficult to understand. But, we take comfort from the words of Paul when he wrote , “we (believers) do not mourn as those who have no hope” (1 Thessaloneans 4:13). And we take refuge in the assurance that Clare is now reaping his “well-done” for a well-run race. And isn’t it a great reminder in God’s word where it assures us that ..” to be absent from this body IS to be present with the Lord”. Instantaneous…no time difference for the believer. Clare instantly passed from our presence into his Savior’s presence where we who believe will someday be re-united with him for eternity. Bless God.
    Dale and Audrey

  58. The world has lost a kind gentleman and faithful servant. Too soon gone.
    Kind sympathy
    Janet and David Klein

  59. Dear Evelien and Family,

    Weekly Thursday morning meetings of the Homelessness Social Planning Table will not be the same without Clare’s presence. Nor will the meetings with those who are committed to building an Indwell project here in Chatham-Kent. Our community and many of our most vulnerable citizens have been blessed to know and/or to work with Clare. Remembering a special guy and cherishing fond memories …

  60. I am so very sorry Joeline on the sudden passing of your dad. I hope you can find comfort in knowing he is with God. I often think of you and our times at DMA.

  61. In the brief time we collaborated with Clare, his compassion and generosity were evident throughout all our interactions. Our deepest condolences to his family and friends.

  62. My deepest condolences to the entire Wiersma clan. Its hard to understand God’s plan when he takes a great leader and good guy at such an early age. The Lord simply wanted him home. I am so sorry for your loss.

  63. Our deepest condolences to the Wiersma family. Clare was a shining example of what it means to follow Christ. Evelien we’re praying that in your spirit the Lord will give you a glimpse of the glory in which Clare now lives. And in that, may you receive the comfort and peace that only the Lord can give.

  64. Dear Evelien and Family,
    There are just no words that can express the deep loss that you must be feeling. Evelien, you and Clare have been so kind to me from the first time we met. Clare was one of those “steady as you go” kind of guys and any advise he gave was always well thought out and measured.
    I love the way he cared for his family, friends and community. He set such a Godly example for all of us. I will continue to pray for you as you adjust to a whole new way of life. Clare will be missed by so many people. Praying that The Comforter will minister to your soul.

  65. To The Wiersma Family,

    Mr.Wiersma Was One Of Chatham’s Finest Sons.

    May God Bless You, And Give You The Strength To Sustain You During This Difficult Time.

  66. I’m still in shock after hearing of Clare’s passing. It was a privilege and honor of mine to have had him as a peer, leader and friend since June 1980.
    Dear Evelien and family, please accept our sincere condolences on your loss. I will miss the periodic messages of life and friendship that you both shared with me. I will remember.
    Rest in peace Clare

  67. Hi Evelien and Extended Families;
    We extend to you our deepest Condolences of Sympathy and Love in Christ Jesus! We are so saddened to hear about Clare’s sudden passing but know that because of his strong faith in the Lord, he is now in the presence of his Saviour! He will always be remembered as a gentle man of truth, love, integrity and a great listener! Many would brag about great earthly accomplishments, and we know that he had many, but, he was so humble, reflecting the characteristics of Jesus and thus leaving behind a beautifully strong legacy of faith! It’s our prayer that you, Evelien, your children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren will be able to rest in the Lord who alone can carry you through this valley of loss, weeping and yet, rejoicing! Find strength in Christ alone! Isaiah 40:31 says, “Those who HOPE in the Lord will renew their strength; they will soar on wings like Eagles. They will Run and not grow WEARY, they will Walk and not be Faint!” Know that He will carry you in His Arms of Love. Love and Continued Prayer!

  68. Evelien and family
    We are saddened to hear of Clare’s passing I worked with Clare under the amalgamated Chatham kent Police service and Linda with community involvement. Our thoughts and prayers to the entire family at this difficult time

  69. Mrs Wiersma, Jolene, Chandra, Jenica, Kellen and families
    On behalf of my husband and myself we would like to offer our condolences with the loss of Mr Wiersma. May you know many are holding you up in your time of grief.
    Rebecka (Heyink) and Garry Punt.

  70. We were “at” Clare’s funeral today! It was so evident how much he loved Evelien and his children and grandchildren! He also loved humankind! He left a beautiful legacy of service to his family ,community and most importantly our Lord Jesus! Also much appreciated was Kellans’ invitation to come to Jesus and follow in the footsteps of Clare and live life everlasting with our Lord and Saviour! Thankyou for allowing us to worship with you today! Pauline and Terry Bible.

  71. Mrs Wiersma and family we wish you our heart felt condoles with passing of Claire Peter&Willy De Jonge

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