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Obituaries » Gijsbert "Bert" den Boggende
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January 11, 1943 - March 18, 2013
Gijsbert (Bert) den Boggende passed away at his home in Brooks on March 18, 2013 at the age of 70 years.
Bert was born January 11, 1943 in Woerden, Netherlands and emigrated to Ontario in 1967 after completing the Dutch training required for a teacher. He was the second youngest of 7 children and is survived by his 4 sisters Rita, Nel, Alie, and Irma and 2 brothers Cees and Freek and numerous nieces, nephews and other family members. His oldest sister Rita, husband Hank and 3 children of Bradford, Ontario were Bert’s only family in Canada when he arrived. He was a bachelor but loved his family and worked diligently to correspond with his siblings, nieces, nephews and even their children. Bert’s priority seemed to be educating himself and in 1971 he received a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University, in 1975 a Master of Arts in Art History from UBC, in 1979 a Master in Christian Studies from Regent College and in 1986 a Doctor of Philosophy in History from McMaster University. Bert taught in private Christian schools, but also in public schools and at Redeemer College in Ancaster, near Hamilton, Ontario. After completing his PhD, he moved west again to teach, first to Lacombe and then to Brooks in 2000.
He was a faithful Christian throughout his life which influenced his worldview and was integrated into all of his academic work. He liked sports, especially if he could be involved directly and kept fit by running, biking, and swimming on a daily basis. Much to the surprise of his family, he came to enjoy watching that most Canadian of games, hockey. He spent a great deal of time doing research and contributed articles to various publications. He loved reading and had an extensive library of books that covered one wall of his home. He enjoyed art, painting and singing. Bert would join community choirs and especially enjoyed singing in Christmas and Easter programs.
Memorial Services will be held at Christian Reformed Church in Brooks on Saturday, April 20 at 2:00 PM. Reverend Martin Boardman officiating. In memory of Bert, memorial donations may be made to either World Vision Canada, 1 World Drive, Mississauga, Ontario L5T 2Y4 or World Renew Canada, 3475 Mainway STN LCD 1, Burlington, Ontario L7R 3Y8. Arrangements entrusted to THOM’S FUNERAL HOME AND RECEPTION CENTRE, Duchess. For further information please call (403) 501-1010.