Hans Doornberg

Hans Doornberg

Wednesday, December 16th, 2020
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Hans Doornberg passed away peacefully at Wedgewood Retirement Home on December 16th 2020.
Hans was born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands on November 30th 1925 the eldest of the 2 children of Rene George Cornelis Doornberg and Anna Maria Tieben. He is predeceased by his parents and younger sister Magda.

Hans immigrated to Maitland, ON, Canada in 1955 with his parents and sister. In Canada, Hans met and married his wife Reina (nee Horst) in 1962. They have been married for 58 years and resided in Maitland, ON, taking pride in their riverside property before moving to The Wedgewood Retirement home in 2015.
Hans had many interests and hobbies including; Ham Radio Operator, electronics, photography, sailing, boat building and reading/studying a wide array of subjects. He was always ready with many stories resulting from these activities.

During his working life, Hans was employed by RCA Victor Company and Dupont Canada Inc. in the Brockville area before retiring in 1985.

Hans and Reina particularly enjoyed their involvement in the Thousand Islands Germanica Club and caring for their pets, Sasha (dog) and Suki (cat). They also enjoyed and cherished their travels together to destinations including Canada, USA, South Africa and Holland.

A private, invitation-only ceremony and celebration of life is being planned in the Maitland area.

As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Brockville and Area Food Bank would be gratefully acknowledged.

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Bonnie Ann Charlton

Posted at 05:30pm
Rod and I remember Hans as a member of the Central Lab at DuPont Maitland. He was a kind and friendly gentleman. Condolences to his family and friends. Sincerely, Rod and Bonnie Charlton

Annelies Giethoorn

Posted at 03:24pm
Namens de kinderen van Gerhard en Anke Horst, gecondoleerd met het verlies van uw man oom Hans. We koesteren warme herinneringen aan de tijden dat jullie over waren in Nederland en we bijvoorbeeld samen met heel de familie bijeen waren voor de familiedag. Wij wensen u, tante Reina, erg veel sterkte om dit verdriet te dragen; het verlies zal groot zijn als je zoveel jaren samen bent geweest. Een hartelijke groet, Geert Douwe en Ria Horst, Janeth Horst en Willem en Annelies Giethoorn-Horst,

Marion Morin

Posted at 03:32pm
Lieve Oom Hans, As I reflect on my life growing up in Maitland there are many special memories that I have of you, my one and only uncle in Canada. There were so many summer days spent outdoors and at the river where we enjoyed swimming, canoeing, sitting around in the garden talking and laughing about life and our family. I don't think you loved the sun as much as I did and I can remember you saying that you could easily tan just by sitting under the big tree. Reina could always be counted on at around 4:00 pm to bring out some tea and one of her latest yummy desserts. Time seemed to slow down for us as we lingered and basked in the beautiful summer heat. When I think about the things you enjoyed, they were numerous. First and foremost I think you loved to engage in conversation and you would always end up leading the conversation on virtually any subject. I think that growing up with you as my uncle I felt very proud of how intelligent you we're and would often brag to my friends about you. During the later part of visiting you at the Wedgewood you would love to reminisce about the past and I would hear stories about life in Holland growing up and life for you in the lab at Dupont. You had a real interest in tracing family history that you had started to do some research and discovered some interesting family lineage. Your mind was always so active and sharp and you were always reading, talking about the latest in politics or delving into your world of electronics. Of course I can't forget also how you loved to eat and Tante Reina always made sure that you had fabulous tasty meals. I think your favorite was "boerenkool" which she would make for your birthday. I remember after mom passed away you would make several trips to Ottawa to try and reconnect for some old memories with her. My kids always enjoyed your visits and you were always so kind and patient with Beau who could be such a handful at times. You always had a way of showing a keen interest and caring about how others were doing. Well as your life has come to an end after a long 95 years I will treasure the many special memories that we had together and hopefully you and mom are meeting again. Today as we said goodbye to you on this Winter Solstice which is recognized as the shortest day of the year and the start of winter, it also means the return of more sunlight. It only gets brighter from here. So I think that as we say goodbye this is also a new beginning for you. Your journey here has ended and lessons that you have brought to teach us all will continue with us in our days ahead. Your presence will be missed by many but we are forever grateful for the time that we had together and the many special memories that were created. Love always...may you RIP Lieve Oom Hans.

Ep van der Es

Posted at 02:53pm
Posting on behalf of my parents RIeks en Annie van der Es-Horst
Lieve zus Reina

We zijn verdrietig dat Hans is overleden.
We leven mee met jou verdriet
Maar we denken ook aan de mooie herinneringen die er zijn, bijvoorbeeld de keren dat jullie een bezoek aan Nederland brachten, en er vaak een mooie familiedag georganiseerd werd, waar we Hans ook beter leerden kennen.
We hopen dat je ook jullie mooie momenten koestert, en daar troost in mag vinden.
We wensen je veel sterkte en hopen op toch wel telefonisch contact.

Hartelijke groeten van Rieks en Annie.

Dear sister Reina

We are sad that Hans passed away.
We empathize with your grief
But we also think of the beautiful memories that exist, for example the times that you visited the Netherlands, and often a beautiful family day was organized, where we also got to know Hans better.
We hope that you also cherish your beautiful moments and may find comfort in them.
We wish you a lot of strength and hope for telephone contact.

Kind regards from Rieks and Annie.

Anneke Horst

Posted at 04:58pm
Lieve Tante Reina,
Zo ver weg maar eigenlijk ook dichtbij, familie, het is een band die ondanks de afstand blijft.
Het zal stil zijn.
In gedachten ben ik bij u, héél veel sterkte en een dikke knuffel!
Anneke ( 2e dochter van Berend)

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