Dr. Marco Terwiel

In Memorial

Passed away on January 4, 2014 at McKenney Creek Hospice after a long battle with prostate cancer.  He is survived by his wife Lila; three children, Anook, Bart, and Erik; two grandchildren, Erik and Uma; five stepchildren, Sandra, Susan, Deborah, Timothy and Robert; eleven step grandchildren; and 1 step great grandson.

A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2014, at 1:00pm at Garden Hill Funeral Chapel – 11765 224th Street, Maple Ridge.

Donations to the BC Cancer Society or the Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation would be greatly appreciated.



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  1. http://Judi%20&%20Gord%20Hart

    The world has lot a very influential person in our lives. He not only was our family doctor for many years, but became a very close friend as well. May he Rest in Peace now. Our condolences go to all the family. Sorry we cannot be at the memorial as we are away south.

  2. http://Johanna%20/Anthony%20te%20Boekhorst

    Dear Lila and family
    We are so sorry for your loss and we want to offer you our sincere condolences.
    We would have liked to attend the memorial service however Anthony is still in the middle of radiation sessions at the Abbotsford cancer clinic and the appointments make it difficult to arrange.
    We are thinking of you and wish you all well.
    Johanna and Anthony te |Boekhorst.

  3. http://Carol%20Croin

    Dr Terwiel looked after my family ever since we moved to Maple Ridge in 1974 until his retirement. Was one of the best doctors to have ever had. So very sad that he is now gone. He was great to come and visit my parents when he heard they had some pretty bad health problems a couple years ago. Great man, going to be missed. Condolences to the whole Terwiel family.

  4. http://Sharon%20Rooney

    Dear Lila….I am so sorry to hear of Marco’s passing. He was a kind, gentle, unique man. He will be missed by so many patients, friends and aquaintances he touched along the way. He will be missed by this community and the many other communities he helped throughout the years. My deepest condolences to you.

  5. http://Peter%20&%20Lise%20Jinnah

    Dearest Lila ,family and loved ones….
    Our sincere condolences for your loss. A wonderful, ethical,erudite man and humanitarian has left us . Please, please let us know if we can be of any help in the days to come. Much love to you and hugs from Peter, Lise ,Karim and Amir Jinnah.

  6. http://Jan%20and%20Maria%20te%20Boekhorst

    Our condolences for the loss of your husband and father. He was the doctor for my wife and my mother when she came over from Holland until he retired and as far as I was concerned was the best doctor and friendliest person we have ever met.
    Our deepest sympathy from Jan and Maria te Boekhorst

  7. http://Christine%20Daskis%20(nee%20Allison)

    Would like to convey our sincere condolences to your family from ours. My parents, Paule and the Late Fred Wahlstrom (as well as myself and my brother) were long-time patients of Dr. Terwiel. He was not only our doctor but a very caring and thoughtful individual. We have all lost a very dear friend.

    Christine & Ed Daskis

  8. http://Lynda%20J.%20Lawrence

    Dear Lila Jane & family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Marco was a very special man, and I was honoured to have his friendship. He was such a great doctor, and was greatly missed when he retired. His commitment to Rotary, and his belief in “Service Above Self” made him a true Rotarian and Paul Harris Fellow. He touched a lot of hearts along the way, and left some very special memories. I’m glad he’s no longer suffering, but he’s sure going to be missed!

    If there is anything I can do to help you in the days to come, please do not hesitate to call Lila. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    Much love,

    Lynda J. Lawrence

  9. http://Christine%20Haynes%20(Chamberlain)

    Dear Lila , My sincere condolences for your loss. Although it has been many years since I worked with you and Dr Terwiel at Maple Ridge Hospital I still remember him to be one of the kindest gentle ,wonderful Drs. that I had ever worked with in my years of being an LPN at the hospital. I feel blessed to have known him and you. You were such a lovely couple and it was easy to see the true love between you both. I wish I could send a miracle to you to bring your loved on back. I lost my mom nine months ago and the pain of loosing one you loved so dear can only be felt not explained.The strength of the pain you feel is equal to the great love you felt. God Bless you and your family
    My deepest sympathy Christine

  10. http://Marie%20Lynne%20Craig...nee%20Rafuse

    I am in Phx. at this time but am so very sad to hear about Dr. Terweil’s passing. He was kind enough to attend my mom and dad’s 50th anniversary party which pleased my mom so much….she was secretly in love with him as many others were, I am sure!
    Mom and dad are both gone now but both had the utmost respect for this wonderful man as I have also had through the years….God Bless and happy landing Dr. Terweil…..

  11. http://Sharon%20Kyle

    Dear Lila and Family:
    I wish to offer my sincere condolences for the loss of your dear husband, father and grandfather.
    Marco was a very kind gentleman and will be greatly missed by all in the community and his family of Rotarians. May he now rest in Peace.

  12. http://Bob%20and%20Irena%20Shantz

    Dear Lila and family,
    Our sincere condolences to you and the family. Marco was a true humanitarian and such a gracious friend to all his fellow Rotarians. The strength and resolve he showed through his long battle with cancer was truly remarkable and a testament to his character. He will be truly missed in our community and our hearts. We are grateful having known him. Our deepest sympathy.

  13. http://Merrie%20Manson

    Our sincerest condolences! A very special man has walked on ahead, may he rest in peace.

  14. http://Debbie%20Kennedy

    Dr. Terwiel was one of the first people that I worked directly with when I came to RMH in 1993. He was always very kind & caring and he amazed me with his energy and enthusiasm even after retirement! Our community has lost a great advocate for patient care. My condolences to the family.

  15. http://Gowry%20Balakrishnan

    My heartfelt condolences to you Lila and family. He wasa great Doctor

  16. http://Brenda%20Austen-Jones%20(nee%20Tait)

    I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Terwiel’s passing. I had the pleasure of working with him for several years as a member of St. John Ambulance. He was hard-working, cheerful, enthusiatic and although he must have been incredibly busy, he always had time for others. I will remember him with great fondness. My sincere condolences to his family.

  17. http://Dr.%20Eamon%20Achong

    Sincerest sympathy to Marco’s family. Admiration for Dr. Terwiel with whom I had the pleasure to work. Let’s celebrate that too.

  18. http://Alan%20and%20Pat%20Woodland

    He was one of a kind and we are glad that we knew him.
    For all of us, a light has gone out.
    Our thoughts are with you, Lila, and the family.

  19. http://Dick%20&%20Aline%20Drew

    Aline and I express sincere condolences to Marco’s family and friends . He was an outstanding person who dedicated his life to his family,his community, the people he served through his profession, and his leadership in Rotary. We will miss him, and celebrate having known him. Aline & Dick Drew, Past Rotary District Governor.

  20. http://Dr.%20Andrew%20Janikowski

    Marco and I were two passing ships in the night meeting up on occasion in Rankin Inlet where we both were doing what we dearly loved – looking after the health needs of the Inuit people and rejoicing in the amazing scenery of the true Canadian north.

    Likewise, I am a Rotary and I was delighted that, after an evening of talk, Marco decided to put his name forward and be a Group Study Exchange leader. A group of young people undoubtedly were well served under his leadership.

    I know that he will be missed up north. His name came up when I was speaking to a local Rankin Inlet carver during a recent visit. The elder had nothing but good things to say about him.

    My condolences go to Marco’s family. I was my privilege to know him – even if for a brief moment.

    Andrew Janikowski, M.D.
    Picton, Ontario

  21. http://Ted%20Steele,%20Past%20Provincial%20Commissioner,%20BC%20Brigade

    “Think outside the box” was the early advice from the outgoing National Commissioner to the newly appointed Provincial Commissioner, BC St. John Ambulance Brigade. Advice richly given, kindly accepted and followed as a guidepost.

    Professional in mnay fields; knowledgable and dedicated; warm and sensitive to his friends and associates. Not often do you meet and enjoy such grand company. My condolences to Marco’s immediate family and to those in his extended St. John Ambulance Brigade family: we have all lost a guiding light.

  22. http://Vivian%20Jorgensen

    It is with great sadness that I write this expression of sympathy to you and your family.
    Marco was a great man and a superb doctor. He has an outstanding personality. As a doctor there was no one I trusted more. Throughout the years when I would run into him I always enjoyed his conversation.
    I will always think of him with great fondness.
    My condolences to you and your family.
    Vivian Jorgensen

  23. http://Sharon%20Jones

    Lila, you are in my thoughts & prayers. Dr Terwiel was a very special man who touched many lives including myself & my family.

  24. http://Sharoyne%20Wylson

    Our condolences to the family of Dr. Marco Terweil from two of his family of patients, Sharoyne Wylson, Bill and Anne Seivenpiper and their respective families. We will all miss him.

  25. http://Mike%20and%20Rachel%20Shardlow

    Our sincere condolences to you Lila. As you know, Marco gave us gifts we cannot repay, and we will always remember him. He was intelligent, thoughtful, and a man of great spirit and energy. I was proud to call him my friend.

    Mike and Rachel Shardlow

  26. http://Frank%20and%20Sharon%20Lim

    Dear Lila and family,
    Our sincere condolences for your loss. Marco had always been an inspiration to us and will be sorely missed.
    We would have liked to attend the memorial service but will unfortunately be out of town. Our thoughts are with you.

  27. http://Reg%20and%20Alison%20Perkin

    Dear Lila and family, Alison and I extend to you our deepest sympathy for your loss. At the same time, we take comfort that Marco has now found peace and rest. As a close friend and long-time medical colleague who lived too far away to see you often, I was in phone contact every 2 weeks or so for the past year so was aware of what you went through as the cancer progressed. You did an incredible job of care giving, Lila, enabling Marco to be in his own home until hours before his death. Marco was a wonderful person who contributed greatly to family medicine nationally, including our far north, and internationally. We shall treasure the memories of the many good times we shared with the two of you, most recently in Vancouver two months ago. Marco knew what was coming and was so open and sharing about how he felt that he taught all of us how to deal with the inevitable end of life experience. Truly a remarkable man, never to be forgotten.
    Reg L. Perkin, MD – Mississauga, Ontario

  28. http://Jackie%20Chow

    The first time I met Marco was when my parents were visiting from the Netherlands 7 1/2 years ago. My mom had to see a doctor, which happened to be Marco. I still remember how he told my mom that she’d have to start taking care of herself, if she didn’t want to end up like an “oud besje” (a little old woman, literally an “old berry”). My dad and Marco immediately bonded over the fact that they both studied in Utrecht, my dad just a few years before Marco. My parents were both very impressed with Marco’s personality, and when I realized Marco wrote columns in The News, I’d send them the links so that they could read them. I ran into Marco several times since, but not in the last few years, and I’d been wondering why I didn’t see any more of his columns in the paper. Both my parents’ and my own sincere condolences to Marco’s family for this great loss.

  29. http://Brian%20&%20Margi%20Hennen

    Dear Lila Jane and family,
    We will remember Marco for his constant caring….about you, about his patients, about his profession, about the College and about the world in general. He always presented his opinion, always respected others’ opinions, and always did so with a positive outlook and with a smile. Our overlapping times together on the College executive was a blessing for us to get to know him and you, Lila Jane, better.
    He gave fully to the world and didn’t expect much in return….perhaps mutual respect and being listened to. Our thoughts are with you all as you share the things that mattered about him with each other and his friends, colleagues and patients. Love Margi and Brian

  30. http://Paul%20Seabrook%20R.N.

    Rest in Peace Dr. Marco Terwiel.
    You were a great man and physician. I will never forget your kind demeanor and compassionate care that you provided to so many people in your community and extended communities in your travels. My condolences to Lila, and all of your family.
    The impact that you made in the medical community and support to your colleagues is unprecedented.

  31. http://Anthony%20and%20Denise%20Townsend

    Lila Jane and Family,

    Marco led a remarkable life with warm ripples extending far and wide. Energetic, accomplished , adventurous and highly skilled he was a beacon for all who knew him.
    Jane , you did a remarkable job of caring for him, particularly towards the end
    A great loss to Maple Ridge , BC, Nunavut and Canada and us all
    Rest in peace

  32. http://Kelly%20Flannigan,%20MD

    An Arctic mentor, and a friend.

    “Let no one weep for me, or celebrate my funeral with mourning; for I still live, as I pass to and fro through the mouths of men.”

    Quintus Ennius

  33. http://Dr%20Mick%20Whittle

    A life of dedicated service. Marco will be missed across Nunavut and especially the Kivalliq.
    Thank you from all his friends and colleagues here, and members of the communities who he looked after so well.

  34. http://Tom%20&%20Nora%20Hefford

    Erik and Family
    We were so sorry to here of your Father’s passing.
    “When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.”

  35. http://Rick%20and%20Lynne%20Sweeting

    Our condolences to Lila and family.We will all miss Marco however unfortunately we will be out of the Province next week and will be unable to attend the Memorial Service

  36. http://Jonie%20Lagrange

    I would like to express my condolences to the Terwiel family. He will be truly missed by all who knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  37. http://The%20Robson%20Family

    To Lila and Marco’s family:
    Marco has been deeply involved in our lives from the day he arrived in Maple Ridge. He had always been there as a trusted friend and family physician. We cannot begin to count the number of times he gave us his guidance and care which included the family’s “chief sheep consultant”.
    “Good bye to you our trusted friend.”
    With love always: Mary, Gordy, Herb, Jason & Sylvia, Natasha, Kira & Christian (& son Alex), Derek & Aimee (& daughter Laila & son Sammy), Gord, Ashley & Pat, and Will.

  38. http://Nadeen%20Aney

    Lila and Family:
    My sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one. I had the pleasure of working with Marco at St. John Ambulance in Maple Ridge. He was truly dedicated to whatever he was involved in. Wishing you warm memories, comfort and love at this time. I am unable to attend the service today but my thoughts are with you.

  39. http://John%20&%20Dora%20McNeilly

    Dear Lila and family,
    Having met Marco and yourself the the rotary GSE program it was with great sadness that we heard about Marco. I count myself lucky or be able to say that he was an inspiration to me in the way he approached his friends, colleagues and his outlook on life . I always enjoyed chatting with him and reading his blogs.
    He will be missed by so many…

  40. http://Colin%20Riggs

    My deepest sympathy to Lila and the family. Dr Marco Terwiel my was family doctor and I know I was blessed as was Maple Ridge for having him part of our community. I learned so much from him. He assisted me in tips when I had joined a rowing team. He was a man with words of wisdom and loved to share his outlook into life … I have treasured them and I am passing down to my children. Thank you for the great conversation and being such a wonderful doctor, friend and humanitarian.

  41. http://Georgia%20Dubois%20(Iliou)

    My thoughts go out to the Terwiel family. He was the best doctor I ever had. Maple Ridge has lost an incredible man.

  42. http://Grace%20Archer

    Dear Leila, I pray God’s comfort over you and your family . I am previlidged to have been a coworker with Marco, on Maternity. We worked well together and I’m sure we would have many tales to tell re working in that field of medicine. I wish you and your family well. Blessings.

  43. http://Herman%20Ho,%20Provincial%20Commissioner,%20St.%20John%20Ambulance%20Brigade%20(BC%20&%20Yukon)

    As the National Commissioner of the Brigade in Canada, Marco had the immense responsibility of maintaining the Brigade’s proud traditions and history, promoting the Brigade’s identity and ethos and being a trusted advisor to Priory Council. During his term as Chair of the British Columbia and Yukon Council, Marco provided essential leadership and direction to ensure St. John Ambulance maintains its position as the premier first aid training and community service provider. Marco has left an indelible mark on St. John Ambulance and its impacts will become his enduring legacy for many years to come.

    Marco’s exceptional sense of service and dedication to Canada, the Brigade and community along with exemplary caring and compassion is an inspiration to all. I continue to strive to emulate Marco’s outstanding example and I am most privileged to have worked with him for the service of humanity. Marco will be dearly missed by all Brigade volunteers.

    Pro Fide – Pro Utilitate Hominum

    Herman Ho
    Provincial Commissioner
    St. John Ambulance Brigade (BC & Yukon)

  44. http://Patrick%20Bonney

    My sympathies for Bart and his family in the passing of dear Dr. Terwiel. I have very fond memories of our time together while I was in high school and owe him a debt of gratitude for having taught me to row – as I subsequently went on to row at UBC and today value this experience and memories greatly.

    Dr. Terwiel’s lifetime speaks to a generation of individuals who went through much to accomplish much.

    In sympathy. Patrick Bonney

  45. http://Heloise%20Dixon-Warren

    Dear Terweil family. We were saddened to hear about Marco’s death this past week. He was a remarkable person and someone I remember clearly from my early days in Haney (Maple Ridge). I have many fond memories of our families spending New Years together and other functions. I watched the video clip posted above and it was both insightful and enjoyable. Thank you for sharing it. Our thoughts go to you at this difficult time. Wishing you all the very, very best. Love to you all. Heloise (Bouchie Lake, (Quesnel) BC

  46. http://GSD%20(Bob)%20ZAALBERG

    Marco, my wife ineke and I studied medicine at the “Rijks Universiteit Utrecht”. We remember Marco very well. He was very friendly. That period in Utrecht, after WWII, was a dynamic one. There was an influx of students from abroad (USA Korea Veterans, Norway etc.) and from our former Colonies (Netherlands East Indies). Some of us, like Marco, went to the USA and Canada. We are proud to read that Marco was Knighted.
    Our sincere condolences to his family.
    Ineke and Bob Zaalberg, the Netherlands

  47. http://etha%20elink%20schuurman

    Dear Lila Jane,
    Yesterday I saw the obituary for Marco in the dutch newspaper. and I want to offer you my condolences.
    I heard every now and than some news about Marco and you, and very recently our son Niels visited you in Maple Ridge.
    I am sorry that Marco had such a long way to go, and you too, and I hope that as much as he may have found rest, you may find it now, too, in the time to come.
    It must have been a very intensive time for both of you, and perhaps very tiring, too.
    Dear Jane, I have such good memories of our visit to you, a long time ago, with the whole family. I am still grateful for your great hospitality then. It is a pity we never met again ever since.
    I truly wish you all the best for the coming years.
    Sincere greetings,

  48. http://John%20and%20Anda%20Pawlovich

    Dear Lila,
    We are very saddened to hear of Marco’s passing. We just found out today so please accept our late condolences. We knew Marco for many years as he and John were on the board together and John had a lot of respect for Marco–he will be greatly missed–may he now rest in peace.
    John and Anda

  49. http://May%20Foggo

    Dear Lila and family members,

    My sincere condolences. No one has the perfect words to make your sadness go away, but may you find comfort in knowing how many people wish they did.

    Dr. Terwiel was a great mentor to me and supporter of St. John Ambulance Brigade. He was sincere and sympathy to the volunteers. I will miss him dearly!


  50. http://Brenda%20Murray

    So sad to hear of Dr. Terwiel’s passing. He saved my life! He took me as a patient back in 1970 or so and later accepted my husband and delivered our three children.
    In 1970 my doctor had decided to say that I was epileptic (since he could think of nothing else to call it) I saw Dr. Terwiel in the emergency ward after passing out at school – he adjusted my neck and fixed my “epilepsy” instantly!!!!! He saved my life!!! I see how “epileptic” medicine destroys your organs!
    He was an inspiration to us all – one day my daughter called me and said “Mom, I wanna go work way up north helping people.” (She had been reading his article in the local newspaper)
    Dr. Terwiel will be greatly missed !!!

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