It is with love and great sadness we announce the passing of Jacob Prins after a short struggle with cancer. He passed away at home holding his daughter’s hand.
Jacob (Jack) was born in IJmuiden, North Holland to parents Philip and Jennie. At age 12, his father remarried to Anna Neervoort and he became a big brother to sister Anneke in December 1942.
During the war, his father was killed and he became the provider for his mother and sister, requiring bike rides to a relative’s farm for provisions. These experiences kindled his love for farming!
In 1955, he arrived in Canada as an immigrant farmer and after working on farms near Calgary and Cloverdale, eventually moved to Kitimat, BC and worked at AlCan.
He met his future wife Dini on the island of Texel (Netherlands) in 1954 before immigrating, and after 4 years of writing, Jack returned to the Netherlands in 1958 and married Dini.
After settling in Terrace, BC, they welcomed two boys into the family – Philip (1960) and Robert (1964). In 1968, the family moved to Alberta and soon purchased land, spending the next 50 years building a home, developing a farm, and beautifying their yard. In 1972, they adopted a daughter Caroline and the family was complete.
Jack was an avid learner, studying veterinary medicine, agriculture, and chemistry, eventually obtaining his 2nd class steam engineer certificate. After working 25 years with Inland Chemicals / CIL / Marsulex in Fort Saskatchewan, he retired in 1994 to be a full-time farmer on the farm near Josephburg. There he grew everything under the sun, selling fresh farm eggs “at the best price around”!
Jack was a member of the Partridge Hill United Church and managed the Partridge Hill Memorial Fund for 42 years, where he was due to receive a Life Elder acknowledgment in May for his contributions.
Jack leaves behind his loving wife Dini of 59 years, his sons Philip (Judy), Robert (Pamela) and daughter Caroline. He is also greatly missed by his grandchildren Jacob (Renate), Daniel (Wyatt), Terence, Johanna and Kathryn, and will be remembered by extended family in the Netherlands, the USA and Canada.
We will miss you Jacob, Jack, Dad, Opa. Your sense of humour and your enthusiasm for playing games and solving puzzles will become treasured memories.
A Memorial Service and an opportunity to share stories will be held at the Partridge Hill United Church (Corner of Township Rd. 542 & Range Rd. 220) at 2:00 pm on Friday, April 20, 2018.
Should friends so desire, donations to the United Church Mission and Service Fund http://www.united-church.ca/donate, the Salvation Army https://www.salvationarmy.ca/donations or a charity of your choice gratefully accepted.