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Andy Van Nieuwenhuyzen

July 27, 1943 - October 2, 2016


Andy passed away following a serious bicycle accident on the Valley trail at Whistler, BC losing his brave battle with severe brain trauma and other injuries.

Andy is pre-deceased by his wife Judy Andersen (2006), in-laws Elsie and Ray Galer and brother Adrie.  He is survived by brothers-in-law Ken Andersen (Paulette), Jerry Andersen, Jim Galer (Ann), nephews Olen and Liam (Jessica), niece and god-daughter Kirsten (Mark) and great nephews Isaac, Jakob, Bennie; sisters-in-law Gabi Capewell (son Misha) and Joan Kloss (Ian).  As well, in Holland by his sister-in-law Stien, nieces Anja, Lidia, Christine and Annette and their families.

Settling in Vancouver Judy nursed at Vancouver General and Andy worked as a millwright at Richmond Plywood while they continued to travel the world, played bridge, enjoyed biking, walking and entertaining their many friends. They later moved to Mission where they worked and raised Airedale terriers.

Moving to White Rock he pursued his interests and acquired a few more. The stage was set; he was determined to live his life to the fullest. With his zest for life he sailed with his friend Des and continued travelling to Mexico and Holland each year.  With his new partner Bernice Alger they enjoyed travelling, playing bridge and spending time together.

 Andy never forgot a name, always remembered a friend and their story and had a smile for everyone. He cherished his relationship with his god-daughter Jenny Baldwin and her daughters Jade and Eden. Andy loved to hear how his nieces and nephews were progressing with their lives and

 always had a piece of advice and a corny joke ready. Tradition was important to him and he ensured holidays were spent with family.

Our families want to extend our appreciation to the amazing medical teams at Vancouver and Whistler– from neurology to intensive care, nurses and doctors alike lent their expertise and demonstrated their kindness to our family.  In lieu of flowers please consider a donation of the Vancouver General Hospital or Whistler Health Care Centre.


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From: Bakerview Community Crematorium & Celebration Centre Staff

Bakerview Community Crematorium & Celebration Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Paulette Andersen

We will miss our friend, uncle, brother-in-law, god-father.
A Celebration of Life will be held on October 29th at 12-3 pm in the Elks Lodge lounge in White Rock, 1469 George Street.

From: Elise and Kevin

Rest in peace Andy; you were a good neighbour and friend. As fellow cyclists we feel especially sad.

From: Bernice Alger

My heartfelt condolences to Andy’s nieces Anja,Lidia , Christine and Annette. You have lost a wonderful uncle. You were his only blood line and he cherished you with all his heart.
Thank you for sharing him with me. I will miss his love and devotion but will cherish our memories forever. R.I P Andy.

From: Mike Gallagher

Andy was a great friend who we met on the beach in Zihuatanejo, where we then spent time together the last several years. I will miss his friendship and smile and welcome and passion for life and fun.

From: Arden Poitras

Andy is missed at Monday morning bridge greatly! He always had a quick come back for anything Des. would suddenly say to him and before you knew it we were all laughing. I would often run into Andy at Crescent Beach and he would stop and visit . We shared many stories and bowls of soup following a particular harrowing day of bridge. He was an asset to our community. He told us of his happy trips with Bernice and how good they were together. RIP Andy.

From: Jenny

I feel blessed to have had both Judy and Andy in my life and was honored to to have them as my godparents. Andy’s zest for life was contagious and his spirit will never be forgotten.

From: Phil and Kimberly Woodworth

” I hold you tightly within my heart and there you will remain; you see, life has gone on without you, but will never be the same.”

Even though we were just beginning to get to know the wonderful, many faceted man that was Andy, we will still miss him and remember fondly the few precious memories we do have and continue wondering what was behind that mischievous twinkle in his eye. Thank you for sharing the last few months of your existence with us and more importantly for putting a smile on my mom Bernice’s face.Rest in Peace Andy

With heart felt condolences
Phil , Kim and family

From: Elizabeth and Al Kimmel

We enjoyed your company on our too few visits Andy. Our sincere condolences to the friends and family you have left behind. You will be greatly missed.

From: Bernice Alger's siblings

Our heartfelt condolences to all of Andy’s family and friends. Even though most of us were not fortunate enough to have met Andy, we were introduced to him via Bernice’s smile, the lightness in her voice and the sparkle in her eyes – and we knew what a fine man had come into her life. We regret that we will not be able to meet him in person and we join with you in mourning the loss of a true gentleman.

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Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
October 29, 2016
Beginning at 12:00pm

White Rock Elks Lounge
1469 George St.
White Rock, BC Canada V4B 2P7

1469 George St.
White Rock, BC Canada V4B 2P7

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