Peter George van Gaalen

February 20, 1931 to April 8, 2016
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our father, Peter van Gaalen.
Dad was pre-deceased by our mother, Afra (Bentvelzen) in October, 2001.
Survived by his children: Rose Marie (Michael); Gerald; Peter Jr. (Beth); Reginald (Chrissie) and Stephen (Nadine); his grandchildren April (Jason); Jacob (Alicia); Dallas; Eilish; Nicole and Sara; his great – grandchildren: Benjamin and Rachel.
Also survived by his siblings in the Netherlands: Riet; Andre (Elly) ; Agnes ( Ed); Joke (sister-in-law) and in Canada: Frank (Anne); brother and sisters-in-law: Aad and Diny; Suze; Jane; Nel and many nieces and nephews.
Thank you to good friends John and Wendy Hale. Rick Sowerby.
Thank you to the Maple Ridge Fire Department and the B.C. Ambulance Service.
Prayers: Thursday, April 14, 7:00 pm. St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church.
Funeral Mass: Friday April 15 11:00 am. St. Patrick Roman Catholic Church, 22561 – 121 Avenue at Edge, Maple Ridge, B.C.
Please join us for a reception in the church hall after Mass.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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  1. Michelle Archibald

    I will miss Uncle Peter very much. I adopted him as my second father after my dad, Ted passed years ago. He has a special place in my heart and my heart goes out to you all in this sad time.
    May care and love of those around you provide comfort and peace to get you through the days ahead.

  2. Condolences to the whole family. I met Peter a few times as I was good friends with his sister Riet. When I first immigrated to Canada he and Afra graciously hosted me one evening in their house in North Vancouver even though they were very tired, having just come back from their family holiday in the Cariboo.
    Last saw him in his house in Whonnock a few years ago.
    Unfortunately I have lost touch with his sister Riet, she phoned me a couple of years ago but didn’t leave a phone number where I could reach her and I think she probably moved in Holland as I cannot reach her there either, I would appreciate it very much if you could pass this message on to her so we could catch up again, we used to work together in The Hague and she would always talk about her brothers in Canada.
    Thank you and take care

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