Obituary for Cornelis Frederik de Zoete
Cor loved camping and travelling putting the two together exploring Canada and the USA until he was 85. He kept those memories alive by filling photo albums and slide carousels with “million dollar” photographs. His other passions included classical and choral music, singing in several choirs, gardening – caring for his beans and tomatoes until he was 94; and telling stories right until the end.
Cornelis is survived by his wife, Francina, of 70 years; children Frances (Tony Ferreira) of Portugal, Henry (Maria) of Cochrane AB, Jenny (Ron MacKay) of Halifax NS, and Corrinne (John Przeczek) of Cranbrook, six grandchildren, six great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind four sisters. He was predeceased by his parents Hendrik J de Zoete and Anna C Torn and ten siblings. The family would like to thank Dr. Tait and the staff at the Joseph Creek Care Home and Kimberley Special Care Home plus numerous home care aides for taking exceptional care of Cornelis during the past several years.
‘Dad’ loved a good party and a good scotch. A tea to celebrate Cor’s life will be held at McPherson Funeral home in Cranbrook, BC on Thanksgiving weekend (details to follow closer to date). In lieu of flowers please consider making a memorial donation to the Symphony of the Kootenays: PO Box 512 – Cranbrook, BC V1C 4J1 or a charity of your choice.