Earl Douglas de Vries


On June 6, 2018, Earl de Vries of Edmonton passed away after a brief and brave battle with pancreatic cancer at the age of 71 years.

Earl is survived by his son, Max Mueller; and his granddaughter, Razilee Mueller, for whom Earl was particularly proud.

Earl and his family moved to Canada from Aruba in 1954.  Earl left Canada to reside in Provincetown, Massachusetts, in 1967, until returning to Edmonton in 2000.

Earl’s family wishes to thank and acknowledge his roommates, John, Kelly, and Mike, for their care and support; his friends and co-workers at DunRite Express & Hotshot; and finally his comrades at Hilltop Pub.

A Celebration of Earl’s Life will be held at Hilltop Pub 8220 106 Ave NW, Edmontonon Sunday, July 15, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to SAFE Team Rescue, in honour of Earl’s love of cats.4610 97 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 5N9, http://www.safeteam.ca/contact-safe-team


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8220 - 106 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta

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Kevin vonEschen

Earl was a good friend. I met him and Peter in their regular spot at the bar at The Hilltop. I have many fond memories discussing sports, music and many other topics. Earl had many ideas and dreams to share. I remember shooting a video of him with his ‘Wonder Foot Lotion’ Tantè Lou, that he sent off to the produces of Dragons Den in hopes of getting discovered. We had many good times and stayed in touch after I moved away. I will miss you friend and will toast you at The Hilltop tonight and always keep your memories in my heart.

Selena LeClercq

Earl & I became friends nearly twenty years ago across the wood at he Hilltop. Whether he was venting about his day or big brother, planning the next big thing or just giving advise, always a good conversation.
I miss how his smile would brighten any room. You are dearly missed, my friend. I’ll have the white Sambuca on hand to “CHEERS” you this Sunday evening.

Ron & Liz Farris

Earl was quite a unique individual. As his big sis, I had the privilege of looking after him & Peter for many years when Mom & Dad went out…most challenging. He was most creative & daring. I remember in Aruba someone coming to our home one day to say that Earl was spotted sitting on the back bumper of a car that just went by. Earl left home in 1967 for the US & was not heard from at all. Somehow we found out that he might be in Provincetown, MA. We moved to Halifax in 1975 & decided to see if we could find him while on a road trip there. We somehow knew to go to a particular bar and asked if they knew Earl the Pearl (The Cigarette Girl). The answer was no. We then told them that might he show up, by any chance, please have him call us at our hotel, as his sister is looking for him. Later that evening he called and we were reunited. Earl returned to Canada in 2000, much to Mom & Dad’s delight. He was very talented indeed. I bought many of his star wands for my business, & know that they are treasured by many. Earl was a hard worker, a very special gentleman, and we only wish some had gotten to know him as we did. Loved you, Earl, and miss you !!! You are now in His Hands, with Mom & Dad, and Peter. Ron & Liz

Max wolfe Mueller

Earl spent those many years in Provincetown owning and operating a joke and novelty shop where he became a well respected member of the community. He came up with the idea to make homemade magic wands, made of a cardboard star mounted on top of a wooden stick dipped in glue and covered in glitter, and he came up with the nickname don wand for himself. He always had a business idea that was intertwined with a clever gimmick, did well with it , and had fun in the process. He was also an accomplished drummer and one if the best pool players I’ve ever seen. Many people asked about him daily throughout the years he was gone and he will be missed greatly. Max

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