Cornelius “Case” Nicolaas Laan

In Memorial

Cornelius Nicolaas (Case) passed away on December 25, 2012 at age 78 years in New Westminster, B.C. He is survived by his loving family, wife Fe, children Nelson, Winston, Heston, Nick, Ina(Todd), Case(Kelley), and Margaret. Numerous grandchildren. Also by his best friends Dave and Wendy. Case was predeceased by his son Hans. Funeral Mass will be held Saturday, January 5th at 10:30 AM at St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 20285 Dewdney Trunk Road, Maple Ridge, B.C.

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  1. William Kassis :

    So sorry for your loss. What a guy! Tough outside, soft inside…..

  2. Patti Korzilius (Kassis) :

    I am so sorry for you loss. I always looked forward to Case’s jokes and stories. What a great sense of humor and zest for life he had. My prayers are with and for you all.

  3. Jo-anne Retallick :

    So sorry for your loss. Heart goes out to Fe and the family. I will miss his big smile and great stories when I drop by weekly. He will be greatly missed.

    “I know for certain that we never lose the people we love, even to death. They continue to participate in every act, thought and decision we make. Their love leaves an indelible imprint in our memories. We find comfort in knowing that our lives have been enriched by having shared their love.” Leo Buscaglia

  4. Derrien Kilsby and Terry Severinski :

    Our deepest sympathy to your entire family. We so enjoyed Case’s sense of humour. He will be greatly missed.

  5. David & Wendy :

    Case and I spoke often and one of the things
    that he told me was that when his time came
    it was so important to him that we do not
    gather and grieve. Instead share a laugh,
    remember the good times and toast the friendship
    we shared.

    Case you were bigger than life; a man with a big
    ego but a much bigger heart and a soul filled
    with compassion and kindness.

    You made many of us laugh and you were forever
    bringing smiles to our faces. And this is how
    I will remember you, my dear friend, smiling –
    that eternal smile.

    “When I’ve come to the end of the road,
    And the sun has set for me
    I want no rights in a gloom filled room
    Why cry for a soul set free ?

    Miss me a little but not too long
    And not with your head bowed low
    Remember the love once shared
    Miss me but let me go.

    For this is the journey we all must take
    And each must go it alone
    It’s all apart of the master’s plan
    A step on the road to home.

    When you are lonely and sick at heart
    Go to the friends we know
    And bury your sorrows in doing good deeds
    Miss me but let me go.”

    Author Unknown

  6. Tom & Norma Murray :

    Will miss sitting with Case under the big umbrella in Summer and having a laugh. A true Pitt Meadows icon, now free of pain and suffering, watching down on his wonderful family.

    Tom & Norma Murray

  7. Case was an inspiration to a lot of young growers and farmers. We remember the parties very well and it still makes us laugh. We hope that the great memories will carry the family through this sad time.
    Barbara and Jacques Bank

  8. Alan and Pat Woodland :

    It wasn’t just that you could drive through the biggest potholes in Canada to buy the “best eggs in the world” but you had to turn your engine off because there was always a story to listen to. A Case special.

    We’re going to miss you, Case, and your stories.

  9. From one farmer to another, we will all miss you, but we will always remember your wisdom, giant heart and the laughter.

    Sending my strength to the family during this time.

  10. Jacquie Montgomery :

    Dear Laan Family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Case was a lovely man who I always enjoyed seeing when coming to the farm for eggs, blueberries and veggies. He shared his knowledge of growing garlic with me. I now grow my own thanks to him … the best garlic around!

    May the thoughts and prayers of others give you all strength during this difficult time.

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