Jan “John” De Jong

Jan “John” DeJong passed away on Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at the age of 77.  John was married to his love, Sherry, for over 50 years.  The life they lived together was filled with laughter, love and beautiful memories.

John will be missed by his sisters,  Ann Okkema of Guelph, Siska Plat, Helen Brouwer, Margaret (John) Rumble, and brothers, William (Margie) of Woodstock, George (Margaret) of Brockville and Al (Jackie) of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.  His family-in-law will also miss John.  Doreen Keenan, Gary McDonald (Monica) of Fergus, Marilyn McDonald, Linda (Dave) Reaume of Erieau, Betty McDonald, Susan (Michael) Tumak and Lee (Brandy) McDonald.  His is survived by many nieces and nephews.  John is predeceased by his parents, Raymond and Shirley DeJong and brothers-in-law Orville Okkema, Peter Plat, Harry Brouwer and Dennis McDonald.

Donations may be made in John’s name to the CK Hospice, Chatham Kent Health Alliance or St. Andrew’s United Church. 

44 Comments on “Jan “John” De Jong”

  1. Sherry, Pam and I are sorry to hear of John’s passing. We always enjoyed talking to the two of you (especially at Union Gas functions).

  2. Condolences to you Sherry with the passing of John. John and I will miss seeing the both of you at Sunday breakfast. Take care of yourself and may God be with you.
    Nancy & John Lankhof

  3. Sherry: we will miss John sitting in his favourite pew when we finally return to church.
    Hugs and God bless, Joyce and Bill

  4. Sherry….so sorry to hear of John passing away. Thinking of you during this difficult time. Take care.
    Terry DeJonge

  5. I will never forget camping with John and Sherry as a child/teen with my friend Amy ( niece). What a privilege it was to be treated like 1 of their own. What a special couple. Sorry for your loss Sherry , Amy and the entire family

  6. Dear Sherry so sorry to hear of your loss if John. Our deepest sympathies to you and all the family.

  7. Sherry – sorry to hear about your loss. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  8. Sherry and all the DeJong and McDonald families
    I was so sorry to read that Johnny passed away. I always thought of him as such a friendly giant to a little kid. Growing up in the neighbourhood with Johnny and both families always brings back so many fun memories. I’m sending big hugs to everyone.
    Wendy Myers (Suitor)

  9. Sherry,
    Jeff and I were sad to hear of John’s passing. I will always be thankful to both of you for letting me park at your trailer down in Nashville during Fan Fair. John was a very nice man, and we always enjoyed seeing the two of you at Union Gas functions.
    May the wonderful memories carry you through this dark time. Thinking of you.

  10. So sorry to hear about your loss Sherry. I will always remember a smile or an easy laugh from John. Many good memories for sure. Please know I’m thinking of you and I know nothing I can say will ease the pain you must be feeling right now…..Bev Whaling

  11. Sherry, we are so sorry to read of John’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families at this sad time. Larry and Lynne

  12. Sherry and Family, our sincere condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and yours, Laura and Dave

  13. Sorry to hear of John’s passing. Seems like just a few short weeks ago that we chatted with both of you at the grocery store. Take comfort in the many good times travelling together.

  14. I am so sorry to hear about John passing my fondest memory of him is when he cook cod for me the very first time out at his and sherry cottage when sherry was my big sister it’s been years since I thought of him and sherry May the great creator be with you all at this time love Lois Slakat (Shuttleworth)

  15. To Bill & Margie & family
    So sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. My deepest sympathy to you all and may God be with your whole family at this sorrowful time.
    Your cousin Bill & family

  16. So sad to hear of John’s passing, Sherry. We will cherish our many conversations that we had during breakfast at the Moose and the Chatham market. He gave it a good fight and now he can gently Rest In Peace.
    Friends always, Andy and Elaine

  17. Sherry, I was very saddened to hear of Johnny’s passing. A beautiful man and a beautiful picture. So many fond memories growing up with you and Johnny and the DeJong and McDonald families in the neighbourhood. Memories will always be there. Sending condolences and hugs to all as you go through this very difficult time.

    Terry Johnson (Suitor)

  18. Sherry, we’re so sorry to hear about John’s passing. Our prayers are with you.

    Love, Mary, Rich, Erin & Jen

  19. Sherry and Family,

    Please accept my condolences on John’s passing. No words are ever enough to express a loss, but, take comfort in your many memories. It was always a pleasure to see you in the credit union.

  20. Sherry…So very sorry to hear of John’s passing. Please accept Pat and my condolences.

  21. Sherry, so sorry to hear of John’s passing…please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Have missed seeing you both at breakfast…always enjoyed great conversations with John…he was a
    nice man…take care.

  22. Sherry, sorry to hear of John’s passing….our thoughts & prayers are with you during this difficult time

  23. Sherry, our thoughts and prayers are with you, we are so sorry to hear of Johns passing.

  24. Sherry, sorry to hear of John’s passing, always enjoyed our time together especially at the Union Gas campouts and our talks at the Senior Golfing. My thoughts are with you

  25. I am so sorry to here that John’s passing my condolences Sherry he was my coworker and my friend

  26. Sherry – so very sorry to read of John’s passing. Such a hard working, kind, gracious man. Hold your memories close. Our thoughts and prayers to you

  27. Sherry, Ross and I were so sorry to hear of John’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

  28. Sherry – I was so sorry to read of Jon’s passing. Thinking of you at this time.

    Janis and Mike

  29. Sherry – We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. Always had a good time when we were all together. Thinking of you at this time. Bill and Jeanne (Say) Thomson.

  30. Sherry……so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Denise & John Wilkie

  31. Sherry, so sorry for your loss. I have fond memories of John. We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
    Sincerely, Shelley and Peter Seca and family

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