Hank Vandezande

Hank Vandezande, May 4, 1939 (Heiligerlee, Groningen, The Netherlands) – Dec 2, 2018 (Chatham, Ontario, Canada)

It is with grieving spirits but peaceful hearts that the family of Hendrikus (Hank) Klaas Vandezande announces that he has been called Home to be with his Lord and Saviour.

Hank will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 56 years, Georgina, and his children Elisabeth (Rob) Enzlin, Gina (Mark) VandenDool and (Julie) Vandezande. Opa will also be fondly remembered by his nine grandchildren, Joshua, Micah, Samuel, Sarah-Grace, Ariana, Adam, Dale, Jaedon and Jenna, and by his family (Wynne) Vandezande, Harry, George (Ann) and Ben (Ena) and by his in-laws Bill and Nell Barneveld, Corrie and John Speelman, Liz and Art Vrolyk, Claire Velema and Jenny Douma. Hank was predeceased by his parents Gerald and Annie Vandezande, brother Gerald Vandezande, son Darren Vandezande and brothers-in-law Jim Barneveld, Don Douma, and Joe Velema.

Our deepest gratitude to the staff and volunteers at Eden Villa, Bayshore and VON Nursing care for their loving and tender care through to the end of Hank’s earthly journey.

A Celebration of Life service in memory of Hank will be held on Monday, December 10, at 12 p.m., at the Grace Christian Reformed Church, 255 Tweedsmuir Ave W, Chatham, ON N7M 3B3, with Rev. Fred Heslinga officiating.

Visitation will be at 10:30 -11:30am same day and location.  The Memorial Service will be live streamed beginning at 11:45 am.  Please go to www.chathamgrace.com/media tab and select the Live Stream option.

A light lunch will be provided after the service.

Together, Dad and Mom championed the cause of Christian Education through the establishment and growth of the Christian School movement in Ontario and British Columbia. Those who so desire may make memorial donations online in memory of Hank to the Christian School Foundation:  https://www.christianschoolfoundation.ca/memorial/


32 Comments on “Hank Vandezande”

  1. Lisa and Gina,
    It was such a pleasure to get to know your dad over the past few years. He always had a smile that could light up a room.
    May god give you and Georgina strength as you cope.
    Jessica Hall (Eden Nurse)

  2. I extend my deepest sympathies to your family. May the soul of your father be at peace with our Heavenly Father.

  3. Praying for the family in this time of saying goodbye to a dear and godly man. I am thankful with you that he is now in his heavenly home and we can be thankful he is no longer suffering!

  4. Georgina and family,
    My condolences to you Georgina and all of Your family.
    No words can take away the pain, but, the good memories will always put a smile in your heart.
    Like a glow of a candle ….may your memories light your path and warm your heart in all your days to come ……He will be sadly missed….and my thoughts and prayers are with you. May God wrap His arms around Georgina’s family and friends now and in the days ahead.
    Denise Tremblay

  5. Georgina and family,
    Keeping you in our prayers at this difficult time.
    Take care and god bless,
    Wendy and Richard Hibma

  6. Between 1972-1979 Henk was the principal of the Christian High School our children attended. Thank you Henk, for what you gave them.
    Our condolences to the family.
    Adrian and Johanna

  7. Georgina, we are wishing you much strength and God’s love as you go through this sad time. Leo and Mynie Haak

  8. We always enjoyed his warm smile and pleasant manner when visiting family at Eden Villa. He’ll be missed…Condolences to his family.

  9. Wishing you peace to bring comfort , courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts .

  10. Kees and I offer our sympathy to Georgina and the Vandezande Family as they mourn the passing of a dear husband, father and grandfather. May they be comforted by God’s blessing and nearness as they go through this sad time. The knowledge that he is now dwelling in the place of the most High God gives peace and grace.

  11. Dearest Elisabeth, Rob and family, May God continue to comfort you as you celebrate and rejoice a life well lived. In the midst of sadness, there is HOPE in knowing that you will see your Dad again.

    Love and plenty of Prayers, Hugs!!!

  12. Our condolences to Georgina and your family. Hank was an inspiring member of a passionately Christian family. We were happy to have him in our school community. I see him celebrating God’s goodness into eternity.

  13. Our condolences, Georgina, to you and your family. It was an honour to work with Hank, and his passionate work for Christian education is fondly remembered. May the Prince of Peace bring comfort, and may the Joy of Christmas give you peace.

  14. Hank was a human being with great mind and generous heart for people. I met Hank with his lovely wife and a wonderful mother, Georgina , 14 years ago in London, ON through my best friend I can call older sister, Dorothy Vaandering. Hank and Georgina became my adopted parents in Christ.

    Even though I did not have a long chat with Hank before he departed to Almighty God, I will always remember him as a blessing to me. I love you Hank and I will miss you till we meet again.

  15. It was a pleasure taking care of Hank and being present for your family during this difficult time. Lisa, Gina and family, you’re in my thoughts.

  16. We extend our deepest sympathies to Georgina and family with the loss of husband and father. We remember Hank with gratitude to God. He and Georgina played such an important and supportive role in our lives when we got our ministry start in Surrey. Thanks !
    Gordon and Ann

  17. Our deepest sympathies to all of you! We have fond memories of our lower mainland days where Henk and Georgina knew how to throw a good party! And then we were pleased to renew our friendship during our short stay in London. He left a lasting legacy to the community at large.

  18. We have many fond memories of the family including fun graduation parties at Calvin and an amazing rescue with Hank and Georgina hosting our whole family for a night when we got stranded in a snow storm on the way home to Grand Rapids from Guelph.
    Thanks again!
    Uko and Jane

  19. I was a recipient of hospitality in Surrey as a very young, not-so-mature beginning high school English teacher at Fraser Valley Christian High school in 1971 when Hank and Georgina kindly offered me a room in their home when I arrived in BC where I knew no one. I soon found an apartment only a few blocks away from their home, walked uphill each day (carrying my big Jerusalem Bible,which I needed to teach Bible), across a railway track so I could get a ride with Hank to the school, later referred lovingly as a “shoe box”. Hank owned an old black VW with no seat belts, of course — and also without brakes. He gingerly drove, lane by lane, across what was Old Yale Road — no stoplights — across six lanes of the King George Highway, using his handbrake to move gingerly, lane by lane, across the main thoroughfare. And maybe that was his life: gingery making his stride, not necessarily fast, but steady, across the challenges he faced. I remember a gentle and kind soul.

  20. I also have some fond memories of our get togethers in Surrey, B.C. It’s great to know that he will be rejoicing in heaven also with my husband
    Gerry Dykstra. My sincere condolences to you Geordina and to your family.

  21. I have fond memories of getting together in Surrey, B.C. It was always a good time. My sincere condolences to you Geordina and your family.
    You have been blessed with a great family and many grand children. Henk and Gerry will be rejoicing together with our heavenly Father.

  22. I have many fond memories of Hank. Jenny and I were married the summer before coming to Surrey and we lived in Hank and Georgina’s basement for our first year of marriage and of teaching at FVCHS. Hank and I drove to and from school each day and I always appreciated those encouraging conversations. Hank had a passion for that transforming worldview and felt strongly called to lead that band of young upstarts and to me I felt like I had landed in just the right place. So much so that I stayed on for 38 years. It wasn’t an easy community to lead in those days, with not everyone convinced that the high school should be south of the Fraser River but that turned out to be a brilliant decision. Before my time, but very formative for FVCHS and for me, was Hank’s leadership through the ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ controversy. Where the community landed with the leadership of Hank and the board, made all the difference for what followed. Though they may not know it, many young people were nurtured in a way of seeing the world, led by a team of teachers, led by a passionate and dedicated leader.

  23. So sorry to hear of Hank’s passing. Our condolences to you. May God give you strength and may happy memories uplift you.
    Janna and I were so blessed by the hospitality that Hank and Georgina freely extended to us and many others. We arrived (with St Bernard) in late August 1972 having been offered a teaching position at FVCH and they gladly put us up, despite being busy with their three young children. Teaching was not to be my career and Hank again was so generous in helping with the transition to other employment.
    We spent many celebratory evenings at the Vande zande home where he and Georgina would host large gatherings with good food, wine, fellowship and conversation. We solved so many of the world’s problems!
    Over the years we visited and were always gladly received. We were always impressed with what contribution Hank was making in the school and later on in his leadership with the Parkinson’s group.

  24. Our sincere condolences to you all, Vandezande clan, as you mourn the passing of your dear husband, dad and opa. We remember him as a caring, supportive, passionate, and insightful teacher, guidance counselor, and family friend. May you feel God`s love and comfort as you mourn.

  25. Our condolences to all of Hanks family. We have so many great memories of our times together.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Love from Ralph and Nettie

  26. We were in Florida when we heard the news. Our condolences go out to you Georgina and the rest of your family. Henk’s was a life well lived with a dedication to Christian Education. A role model. God keep you in His tender care and give you his peace.

  27. Georgina and family, we pray that the peace and grace and comfort of the Lord will be your strength as you grieve Hank’s death. It’s great to know, however, that as a child of the Lord, Hank is now with Him. We very much appreciated Hank’s many contributions to, and leadership in, the development of Christian education. We praise the Lord for the blessing Hank has been to the Christian communities he served.

  28. Our sincere sympathy Georgina and family .We have many good memories of Hank and you too Georgina, of those early years at LDCSS,as well as celebrating LDCSS’ 50th anniversary together with you and fellow classmates.Praying for God’s strength,peace and grace to surround you all in the days ahead and time to come.Thinking of you.

  29. Hank was a steward par excellence of Christian education. Like a good gardener, there seemed to be nothing Hank wasn’t willing to do or try to either sustain or promote Christ’s Lordship of education on that square inch at 24 Braesyde Avenue.
    Our condolences to Georgina and to your family. May the knowledge that Hank now rests in peace bring comfort.

  30. We were in Africa when we heard the news. And although we could not be with you to celebrate Hank’s life you were certainly in our thoughts and prayers. The memories come flooding back. Sterkte in the days ahead.
    Love and Blessings!
    Paul & Clara Buma

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