b. April 12,1926 in Oldenzaal, Netherlands - d. July 22, 2018 in Mississauga, Ontario.
Cherished husband of Teresa Nykamp for 62 years, loving father to Paul, Patricia, Stephen (Claire) Terri (Neil) and David (Jean). Proud grandfather of Jeremy and Nicole Nykamp, Ryan and Liam Dowie and Natalie and Matthew Nykamp. He was our anchor, we loved him unreservedly and will carry him always in our hearts.
Predeceased by siblings Jan (Agnes), Theo (Annie), Fritz (Truus), Toos, Jo (Herman), Herman (Rie), and Chris (Annie). Survived by his dear sister Riet (Theo) Gout of Oldenzaal, his sister-in-law Maureen Rooney of New York and a multitude of nieces and nephews, all of whom will sorely miss his wit, kindness and zest for life.
Andre was a traveller, an adventurer, a linguist and a lifelong learner. In retirement, he went back to university to satisfy his thirst for knowledge. A mechanical engineer by trade, Andre could build anything, without a blueprint and seemingly without a plan. He loved to tinker and to create.
But mostly Andre loved to be on his bike, his skates, a run, swimming in a northern lake or out enjoying the fresh air with his darling Teresa. Mucking about in his garden, getting his hands dirty was a favorite pastime, with the added bonus of a stunning array of flowers and a summer's supply of fresh vegetables for his family.
Andre lived an active, healthy, full life until the frailties of age recently intervened. Through his illness, his toughness in growing up in wartime Holland prevailed. He remained steadfastly independent and resolutely wilful, never accepting help he didn’t believe he needed. He was both our rock and a soft place to land. May he rest in peace and sleep fulfilled.
The family wishes to thank the team at Erin Mills Lodge long-term care for their care of Andre over the past two years. As an expression of sympathy, memorial donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul or Alzheimer Society.