Nicolaas Jan Hendrik Peereboom

Nicolaas Jan Hendrik (Nico) made his final journey on December 1, 2014. Born on October 5, 1928 in the port city of Surabaya on the island of Java in Indonesia, he is predeceased by his wife Kathleen Loretta, parents Nicolaas and Anna, and sisters Cory and Vicky. A devoted father, husband and friend, he will be forever loved and missed by his children Nick and Tanis, extended family and many friends.

Trained as an accountant, he immigrated to Vancouver in 1952 in search of open spaces, tall mountains and free enterprise. Since his retirement from Federal Customs and Excise, he served as past president of the August 15, 1945 Foundation, a group of Second World War Pacific prison camp survivors who fought discrimination and racism through education and awareness; and until his recent illness, as leader and organizer of a Dutch-Indonesian Friendship group.

Despite advancing years, Nico’s enthusiasm for life’s adventures and regular gym workouts kept him spry, with an optimistic, youthful outlook. He had a keen interest in current affairs and technology, and was an avid user of email. He was particularly fond of his most recent hobby, placer gold prospecting on his claims in the Fraser Canyon.

Service of Remembrance will be held on Saturday, December 13, at 11:00am, at Burnett Fellowship Baptist Church, 20639 – 123 Ave., Maple Ridge. If desired, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, or a charity of your choice.

The family wishes to extend its deepest thanks to our dear friend Cindy Erskine, for her unfailing support and kindness during Dad’s illness, and also to the many dedicated doctors, nurses and staff at Maple Ridge Hospital and McKenney Creek Hospice.

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  1. Marci Croy and Lex Vanwely

    May all your cheish memories you have of Nico help you in this sad time.
    Our sincere sympathies.
    He will be missed.

  2. Dear Tanis,

    He was such a dear man and my life is richer because he was in it. You and Cindy have made his passing as gentle as possible and I am sure he is smiling now, wherever he may be. I am deeply sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

    With love,

  3. Ulbe (Tony) Schoemaker

    We will miss Nico very much! I met Nico some 20+ years and although I moved to Princeton I met him regularly at the Friday lunches. I am sorry to miss the service for him. but living here and renting a place in Oroville, WA makes it very hard to make the 5 hour one way drives. It is also harder as there is a foot of snow in front of the house. I am sure Nico will understand and forgive me for the absence.
    My condolences, much love and best wishes.

  4. Douglas and Hetty Dolmans

    Bedankt voor de fijne tijd dat we je gekend hebben.
    Rust in vrede

  5. Paula & John Brilman

    Dear Tanis,

    We are sorry to hear about your Father Nicolaas Jan Hendrik Peereboom’s passing. We hope that your years of happiness and your many good memories will enable you to live with this sad loss.

    Much love, Paula & John.

  6. Wanda Kelvin & Harry VanHaastert

    I miss the luncheons since moving to Hope, but he always stayed in contact with us, and I always enjoyed our chats and emails. Not being Dutch nor Indonesian he always treated me with graciousness and respect. Already miss him. Condolences and good thoughts to Tanis and Nick.

  7. Dear Tanis,

    My sincere condolences to you and Nic.
    Best wishes from the Querido family.

  8. Michelle Villiers

    May fond memories of your wonderful Dad bring you comfort during this sad time. Look back on all the good memories with your Mom and Dad while growing up. Your Dad’s great sense of humour and hearty chuckle, the happy times you and your Dad had going to the gym and later for salad at White Spot. I remember when I worked at the courier company and was able to send him a complimentary courier envelope to use, the day he retired and he said it was perfect timing, just as he was to walk out….everyone looked curiously at the courier delivery to him and wondered what it was all about…he thought that was amusing and had a good laugh about that. He was a very intelligent man and both your Dad and Mom were very proud of both you and Nicky. I also remember how kind and thoughtful your Dad was helping your Mom one day when I saw them out at the Pitt Meadows dykes for a walk. Tan, if I can help you in any way, just remember a kind voice from your dear friend is just a phone call away. Or I can come visit when you are ready. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Nicky during this difficult time. Love always, your best friend, Michelle. xo

  9. Shannon O'Rourke and Ian Williams

    Dear Tanis,

    We are so sorry about your loss. Your father was a lovely man with a warm smile. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Ian, Shannon, Declan and Axel

  10. Saskia Waage Townsend

    Dear Tanis- our heartfelt condolences to you. It was a privilege to have your father in my life albeit for the briefest time and to be able to share thoughts and memories. I hope his love for you and your many great adventures and experiences will help to ease your loss. Love and best wishes Saskia and family.

  11. Bart, Marjolein, Willemijn and Thijs

    Dear Tanis!
    Unbelievable that uncle Niek has passed away!! With our holiday in BC in 2011 and in May 2013 the both of you coming over to Holland uncle Niek was fantastic strong and always so aimable, that we can hardly imagine that he is no longer among us.
    We are so gratefull for all what you have done for him the past months, showing what a wonderfull and strong nice you are! Dear Tanis, we hope that all the great memories of your father will give you all the strength you need to catch up with your live from hereon. Please keep in mind that you have family in Holland loves you deeply and sincerely hope that the years to come they can support you where ever they can.
    With love, your family from The Hague!

  12. Inge en Paul de Bruijn

    Dear Tanis and Nick jr.,
    We will remember “oom Nick ” as our charming , cheerful , kind and brave uncle .
    Living far away in Canada and enjoying nature , great mountains and lakes , surrounded by bears in the garden and sending us pictures of all kind of this amazing aspects of life .
    Although living far apart , there was always a special ” lijntje ” and thought.
    We are so happy to have met each other in may 2013 , when uncle Nick and Tanis visited us in Holland . It’s increadible how young he looked and never seemed to change . We will always remember his smile , jokes , optimistic energy .
    May our dear ” oom Nick ” rest in peace .

  13. Christa Loretto Bruin

    Lieve Nico,
    Je bent altijd een heel lieve vriend geweest, altijd zo opgewekt en peppy.
    Tanis has been such a great daughter, many people would wish to have a daughter like her.
    Nico you were such a caring man, always willing to help others, I am so sorry you have left all of us.
    Always think of you as a great friend Christa

  14. Inge en Paul de Bruijn

    Dear Tanis and Nick jr.
    We will remember “Oom Nick” as our charming, cheerful, kind and brave uncle.
    Living far away in Canada and enjoying nature, great mountains and lakes, surrounded by beers in the garden and sending us pictures of all kinds of these amazing aspects of live. Although living far apart there was always a special “lijntje” and thought between us. We are so happy to have met each other in may 2013, when Uncle Nick and Tanis visited Holland. It is incredible how young he looked and never seemed to change. We will always remember his smile, jokes and optimistic energy. May our dear “Oom Nick” rest in peace.

  15. Tanis and Nick – I am mindful of your Father’s wonderful energy and enthusiasm for life. Nick’s kindness to my brother Evin and our family is cherished. I wish you peace to ease your Heart, Comfort for your pain and loving hugs to surround you. Your Father told me to remember to Love – I will cherish this information…. Annice, Terry and Annika –

  16. Remembering your Father.

    Know that he had comfort with you looking out for him and peace of heart being surrounded by your love and caring ways. It has been a long journey, and you and your Dad have gone through a lot together. One of the many things he taught me was to enjoy the moments and find that inner happiness. To really take pride in whatever I was doing, and find courage to just go for it, no matter what. Time is fleeting and having walked a part of his final journey with Tanis, I know that all to well.

    Still, you have so many fond memories and wonderful stories and adventures that you all shared. He indeed touched many people’s lives on many levels, as he always took interest in what everyone was up to, and always thought of touching gifts and words that would give a smile, or inspire us in our endeavors or dreams.

    It would indeed give him smiles to know that we have become better people having known him. I feel I have, just knowing Tanis and her family, and appreciated that they shared in their lives with myself as well as Dale.

    We will miss him deeply, and share in Tanis’ and Nicky’s loss, but know that you are not alone in this. We wish you comfort and may the memories of your Father help you find peace.

    Our hearts are with you.

    With much Love, Cindy and Dale

    “What we have once enjoyed, we can never lose. All that we love deeply becomes part of us.”
    – Helen Keller

  17. My Dearest Tanis & Nicky…….your father was a remarkable man, we are so pleased that we had the opportunity to meet him…..he was a very loving, compassionate, outgoing father….our thoughts & prayers are with you at this time…..<3 you both ……The Wepruk's

  18. Dear Brother in law,

    We are so grateful that you managed last year to come over to visit your old country, family and friends.

    We shall always remember you as the most honest, friendly and modest person in our mindst.

    Many condelences and good thoughts to Tanis and Nick.


  19. Dear Tanis,

    My condolences to you and your brother. I will miss your father, although I did not come to the lunches any more Nico kept contact also with his e-mails.
    May Christmas be peaceful and full of dear memories for you and your family.

    Much love,
    Milly Cooke

  20. Ronny Herman de Jong

    Dear Tanis and Nicky,
    We don’t know each other, but, like your Dad, I am a child survivor of the Japanese camps on Java. I am sorry he passed away before I could make contact, and I offer my sincere condolences to you.
    Getting ready for a move from Arizona to North Carolina (US), going through old newspaper articles, I came across two clippings of your Dad; one of him sitting at a table with my book in front of him, the other one a close-up of his face with a close-up of my book next to it. What a friendly face he had. What a very special man he must have been. Author of “In the Shadow of the Sun”, published in 1992 by Albert VanderHeide, I wrote two more books about the camps and camp survivors. I would have loved to include his story in my Anthology “Survivors of WWII in the Pacific”. If you have anything in writing by your Dad and you are interested, I could still publish it on my website
    To have survived the horrors of the camps and later on encouraging others to talk about it was heroic. I hope Nico has lived a full and happy family life until he passed.

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