Ellens, Gordon ‘Gatze,’ (Feb. 23, 2018)

Gordon (Gatze) Ellens was called to his eternal home where he was welcomed by his Lord and Saviour on February 23, 2018 in his 91st year at the St. Joseph’s Hospice. He was born December 31, 1927 in Heerlen, The Netherlands. He was predeceased by his loving wife of 50 years Hillie DeVries (Deelstra) in 2015. He was a step-father to Anne and Derrick, Audrey and Joe, Jean and Harinderpal, Ted and Gigi, Jim and Tina, and a dear grandfather to 19 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Gordon was a dear brother of Lora Ellens, George Sjaarda, Auke and Addy Ellens, Trudy Brouwer, Frances and Gerald Rhebergen, Joan and Peter Kapteyn, Teresa Beute, Agnes and Cor Kamerman. He was predeceased by Pieter Ellens, Eke and Kees Vanderkreeke, Alice and Anthony VanDyke, Mark Moesker, Jake Beute and John Brouwer. He was a dear brother-in-law of the DeVries and Deelstra families. Lovingly remembered by many nieces, nephews and friends. Gordon was a faithful member of First CRC. He volunteered for 18 years at the Bibles For Mission Thrift Store, and served for 10 years at The Inn of the Good Shepherd. A special thank you to Dr. Maddison, Dr. Crombeen, and the caring staff and volunteers at the St. Joseph’s Hospice.Cremation has taken place. A memorial service will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at First CRC, 1105 Exmouth Street, Sarnia. In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to the Sarnia Christian School or St. Joseph’s Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

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