van Welzen, Willem

van Welzen, Willem "Bill" Jacobus Nicholaas

February 4th, 2020

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Willem “Bill” van Welzen, after a long, courageous battle with his health. Bill earned his wings and joined our angels peacefully in the early hours of Tuesday, February 4th, 2020. Loving and cherished father of Kelly (John) van Welzen. The best Papa ever to Brendan, Nicholas and Brooke Johnston. Dear brother to Gini (late Kees) Serrarens and Beth (Bob) McKinlay. Fondly remembered by his niece and nephew Christine & Ken Allen; and his many other nieces, nephews, friends and family. Bill is predeceased by his wife, Ellen van Welzen (née Nutkins, 2005); his parents, Marie & Johannes van Welzen; and his brother, Hans van Welzen (Mary). Bill was a wonderful, caring, helpful man who instantly made you feel welcome. He loved helping people and building things; always willing to jump in and give a helping hand. His vibrant personality and kind ways will be remembered by all who knew and loved him. A very special ‘thank you’ to Beth and Christine, who have been with Dad through every step of his illness. We are forever grateful to the staff of the Dearness Home – 3rd Floor East support and nursing staff for making Dad’s new home a wonderful experience. To the doctors and nurses in the Victoria Hospital - Critical Care Trauma Centre, and especially Dr. Curtis and nurse Danielle who helped us through our last moments with Dad; we cannot thank you enough for your grace and compassion. A funeral service will be conducted at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Monday, February 10, 2020 at 3:00 p.m., with visitation one hour prior. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make a donation in memory of Bill are asked to consider Make-A-Wish Southwestern Ontario or a minor sports organization in your community.

“This isn’t goodbye;

It’s just so long for a while,

until we meet again.”

 

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Jessica ScottMy condolences to all the family.I was sad to hear of Bills passing. It’s nice to think that Bill will have Ellen waiting for him at the pearly gates to help him transition into the second phase of his life.
Ken and Pam DobbinDear Kelly. So sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing. You have been in our thoughts. We all have so many fond memories of you and your parents coming to the DOBBIN, farm during Brian’s time spent at your home during their time bilting London Knight Hockey players. They were so gracious to Brian and I know you felt like he was like a brother to you Good times! . You all were just like family. Please know we will continue to always remember the times spent with Bill, Ellen and yourselfwith a smile and a chuckle. Take Care Kelly and family. RIP Bill, you nowwith your love Ellen. Love to all Ken and Pam and family
Don and Pat HeitTo Kelly and. vanWelzens. So sorry to read of Bill’s passing. Know he and Ellen were always good to us although the times of getting together were quite limited. My sister Mary called to notify us and unfortunately we missed the posting on the funeral home until after the funeral. We remember so well the time we all journeyed to Melissa wedding in the US in oneVan. We remember you all in our prayers. May he now RIP with his wife Ellen in his new life of being guardian Angel to you and family. Hugs Pat and Don
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