Heimen Van Der Kraats

Obituary of Heimen Van Der Kraats

Van Der Kraats, Heimen (April 1, 1929-September 15, 2022)

As a twenty-three-year-old immigrant from The Netherlands, Heimen came with his young bride, Jantje Kattenbroek (deceased, 2017) to Canada. He lived a long, healthy life as an unwavering husband, father, and provider to his wife and five girls. Well known throughout Kingston as a hard-working tree surgeon, he owned and operated Kraats Tree Service. He loved his work and continued it until he was eighty-two. His integrity was well-known, and his sense of humor was legendary. Loving father of Geertje Wescomb (Ralph) of Calgary, Corrie Abrams (late David) of Kingston, Ria Berry (Fred) of Kingston, Jane Hunt (Ron) of Idaho, and Marijke van der Kraats of Kingston. Dear Opa of Scott Abrams, Ryan Wescomb, Cara Santos (Jeff), Andrew Berry (Rossana), Janet Montgomery (Steve), Steven Berry (Shari), Nathan Hunt (Alicia), Bryan Hunt (Faith), and Janan Byer (Ezra). He was a caring Opa to twenty great-grandchildren, and a favorite uncle to numerous nieces and nephews in The Netherlands.

The family will receive friends at the James Reid Funeral Home (1900 John Counter Blvd) on Wednesday, September 21, 2022, from 2:00 - 4:00 and 1 hour prior to the funeral. Funeral Service in the Funeral Home Chapel on Thursday, September 22, 2022, at 11:30 am followed by an interment at Cataraqui Cemetery. Concluding the interment the family would like to invite everyone to a reception at the James Reid Funeral Home. The Chapel Service will be available to watch via livestreaming. Please register by clicking HERE. 

As expressions of sympathy, memorial donations to the Kingston Pilgrim Holiness Church, or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.


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