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6 Oct 2012
VAN DER MEULEN, NICOLAAS
OBITUARY - Comrade NICOLAAS VAN DER MEULEN
Comrade Nick, a long-time Volunteer with the K-W Poppy Fund,passed away early in the morning of Thursday October 4th, after a very brave and lenghty battle with cancer. Nick was the Treasurer of the Poppy Fund at the time of his passing. We will forever miss his limitless assistance, his famous Dutch resolve, and the style with which Nick could make a financial statement become a thing of beauty.
Comrade Nick died at Lisaard House in the presence of his wife Sandra and his daughter Deb.
Van der Meulen, Nicolaas, at Lisaard House October 4, 2012, in his 72nd year. Predeceased by his son, Kevin (1993), his sister, Marijke (2004), and his parents, Andries and Johanna van der Meulen. Survived by his wife, Sandra, and daughter, Dr. Debora van der Meulen and husband Dave Rattenbury. Also survived by his brother and wife, Dr. Dries and Welmoed van der Meulen and by his sister and husband, Anneke and Wim Lindenboom, all in the Netherlands. Fondly remembered by nieces and nephews in the Netherlands, Machteld Kroon (Ard), Nicolette Schellinger (Dr. Alexander), Dr. Niels Lindenboom (Nicole), and by Andries van der Meulen (Gitta) of Washington, DC. Will be missed by ten great nieces and nephews as well as by extended family in Canada and VT.
Born in Kisaran, Indonesia on October 14, 1940, Nick spent 10 years in Sumatra, including three years in a prisoner of war camp. He then lived with his aunts in Holland completing his education and also qualifying for the national water polo team. He immigrated to Canada in 1962 where he worked with, and became close friends with the Nanninga family of Mount Forest, ON. His family continues to enjoy a close relationship with the Nanninga family. Nick obtained a B.Sc. from the University of Waterloo and became a Canadian citizen in 1967. He worked for B.F. Goodrich from 1967 - 1993 and for Guelph hydro from 1993 - 2006 in Information Systems Management.
He held Executive positions at the K-W Naval Association, the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 530, and the K-W Poppy Fund. He enjoyed coaching boys' soccer as well as his work with the Air Cadets where he was treasurer of the group committee. Mr. Peter Baird MP just awarded Nick the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal for his voluntary service with the Veterans' associations.
Visitation will be held at the Erb & Good Family Funeral Home, on Tuesday, October 9th, from 2-4 PM, and 7-9 PM with a Legion Service at 7 PM.
Funeral will be held at First United Church, King and William Sts., Waterloo, on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at 12:30 PM with Rev. Bill Steadman officiating. Interment will follow at Memory Gardens, Victoria St. N., and then a reception at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 530, 19 Regina St. N., Waterloo. Donations in memory of Nick may be made to the Lisaard House or Poppy Fund by contacting the funeral home at 519-745-8445 or at www.erbgood.com.
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