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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: Lorraine Larson

I did not know Andy really well however on shareing two of his passions – Airedale terriers and bridge do wish I had known him longer…. It was during the Monday morning bridge games that his humour and fun loving zest for life and people was noted and his cheerful and competitive spirit will be missed. Happy moments ahared in life, however fleeting and momentary are not forgotten by those who were touched by them.

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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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