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Wednesday February 16, 2022

VAN KESSEL, Theodorus “Ted” – passed away at the Norfolk General Hospital, Simcoe on Wednesday, February 16th, 2022 in his 90th year.  Beloved husband of 64+ years to Clare Van Kessel (nee Walker) of Simcoe.  Loving father of Michael Van Kessel (Marion), John Van Kessel (Shirley), Mark Van Kessel (Linda Mansell), Sue Vroom (Mike) and Lisa Van Kessel, all of Simcoe.  Cherished grandfather & great grandfather of David (Sarah), son Nate;  John Jr. (Megan), children Jace, Brysen, Olivia & Sawyer; Amy Scime (Logan), son Owen; Krystal (Trevor); Kevin (Tegan); Katelyn;  Paige Poirier (Todd), daughter Andi;  and Kody (Shay).  Also survived by Clare’s sister Winnie Walker and by her sister-in-law May Walker.  Ted will be lovingly remembered by extended family in Canada and Holland.  Well, as TVK would say, “Now, that’s a deep subject.” He led an active life, certainly not, ‘boring’. As a young boy TVK supported his family during the occupation of the Netherlands then boarded a ship for a brighter future in Canada in his late teens.  Church and music became a central part of his life considering that he met his sweetheart while rehearsing in the choir loft.  He was the founder of a successful family business drilling water wells throughout much of Norfolk and neighbouring counties.  The legendary ‘Flying Cat’ enjoyed participation in sport and community from his playing days on the soccer pitch, involvement in minor and oldtimers hockey to sponsoring local teams and as a member of the Knights of Columbus.  He enjoyed celebrating with a good pint or three, cooking up a storm and supporting his children and grandchildren in their athletic pursuits.  The well-witcher of Norfolk County has eternally, “GONE FISHIN’!”.  A private funeral will be held at the JASON SMITH FUNERAL CHAPEL, 689 Norfolk St. North  Simcoe N3Y 3R3 with Deacon John Doomernik officiating.  Interment: St. Mary’s Cemetery, Simcoe.  Those wishing to donate in memory of Ted are asked to consider the Who Did It Club or Jump Start.  Donations may be mailed to the Jason Smith Funeral Chapel.  Personal online condolences at (519) 426-0199

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