In Memory of

Klaas

Smidts

Obituary for Klaas Smidts

Klaas Smidts

Klaas Smidts of Kincardine, passed away peacefully, at South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Kincardine on Friday, August 11th, 2023, at age 98.

Beloved husband of the late Anne Flikweert.(2005)

Loving father of Nick Smidts (Marie) of Woodstock, John Smidts (Karen) of Stratford, Jack Smidts (Marge) of Canfield and the late Ray Smidts (Wendy) of Stratford.

Proud “Pake” of Carolyn, Brian, Darryl, Anita, Craig, Meghan, Heather, Ryan, Joshua, Michael, Lindsey and Ashely. Great grandfather of 13.

Predeceased by his parents, Klaas Smidts and Lybet (née Heemstra), his brother and 2 sisters.

Klaas will be fondly remembered by family and friends.

Klaas immigrated to Canada in 1950, arriving in Halifax after a 10-day journey at sea. Klass’ experience in the Dutch navy, Seaman 1st class, aircraft carrier gunner, allowed him to handle the rough waters of that journey better than most. Klaas had gone through the war and that experience made him tough and yet thankful. Over his lifetime Klaas owned a dairy farm and worked in construction and manufacturing. He enjoyed soccer, wood working, chess, Frisian handball “kaatsen” and the Montreal Canadians. Klass was a fan of the Lawrence Welk show, liked to sing, enjoyed dancing, was strong NDP, was interested in the activities of his family and even in his final days kept up with current events.

A Private Family Service will be held at the Davey-Linklater Funeral Home, 757 Princes Street Kincardine on Wednesday August 16, 2023. Rev. Eric Watson officiating.

Interment Kincardine Cemetery.

Memorial donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.