VAN NIEUWENHUYZEN, Andy
July 27, 1943 – October 2, 2016
Andy passed away following a serious bicycle accident on the Valley trail at Whistler, BC losing his brave battle with severe brain trauma and other injuries. Andy is pre-deceased by his wife Judy Andersen (2006), in-laws Elsie and Ray Galer and brother Adrie.
He is survived by brothers-in-law Ken Andersen (Paulette), Jerry Andersen, nephews Olen & Liam (Jessica), niece and god-daughter Kirsten (Mark) and great nephews Isaac, Jakob, Bennie; Gabi Capewell (son Misha), Joan Kloss (Ian) and Jim Galer (Ann). As well, in Holland by his sister-in-law Stien, nieces Anja, Lidia, Christine & Annette and their families.
Settling in Vancouver Andy worked as a millwright at Richmond Plywood and travelled the world, played bridge, enjoyed biking, walking and entertaining their many friends. Andy and Judy later moved to Mission where they worked and raised Airedale terriers. Moving to White Rock he was determined to live his life to the fullest. With his zest for life he sailed with his friend Des and continued travelling to Mexico and Holland each year. With his new partner Bernice Alger they enjoyed travelling, playing bridge and spending time together.
Andy never forgot a name, always remembered a friend and their story and had a smile for everyone. He cherished his relationship with his god-daughter Jenny Baldwin and her daughters Jade and Eden. Andy loved to hear how his nieces and nephews were progressing with their lives and always had a piece of advice & a corny joke ready. Tradition was important to him and he ensured holidays were spent with family.
Our families want to extend our appreciation to the amazing medical teams at Vancouver and Whistler. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation of the Vancouver General Hospital or Whistler Health Care Centre. A Celebration of Life will be held on October 29th, 12 – 3pm, at the Elks Lodge Lounge, 1469 George Street, White Rock.