Visitation

2 - 4 p.m. and 7 - 9 p.m., Tuesday, July 14 at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. (at Richmond St.)

Service

A private service will be held on Wednesday followed by interment at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

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Donations

Memorial contributions to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada would be greatly appreciated. Click on DONATIONS at right side of this page to place a memorial donation.

 

50 Years

CARING • HELPFUL • TRUSTED

Pieter van Gaalen

Death Notice

VAN GAALEN, Pieter - Pieter van Gaalen passed away peacefully at home on July 7, 2015, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his wife, Barbara (Bea) van Gaalen, children Jochem, Jolien and Pieter, and siblings Joachim, Geerda, Libert, Thijs, Roland and Rolina. Pieter was born on September 24, 1948, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, to parents Jochem van Gaalen and Rolina van Gaalen-Datema. He studied at IVA Driebergen’s automotive school before serving for a year and a half in the Dutch military as a sergeant in the supply and transport division. He then moved to Johannesburg, South Africa, where he worked for nearly four years as a manager at a large gas station and auto repair shop. Subsequently, he worked in the Alberta oil fields as a mechanic. Pieter and Barbara married in 1985 and settled down on a farm in Bryanston, Ontario. They worked together as farmers and greenhouse operators, selling produce and flowers to the public. Pieter was well known for his strawberries and hydroponically grown tomatoes. Pieter was a loving husband and father, and always put his family first. He will be dearly missed. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, July 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. at Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James St. (at Richmond St.). A private service will be held on Wednesday followed by interment at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Memorial contributions to the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada would be greatly appreciated.