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Born: Jul 30, 1929

Date of Passing: Dec 15, 2020

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July 30, 1929 - December 15, 2020

It is with great sadness, but relieved that he is home for Christmas, we announce the passing of Paul (Paulus) Vanderwoude at the age of 91. Loving father, pake, and great-pake, who peacefully passed away at his friends' place, with them by his side.
He will lovingly be missed by his children: Peter (Laurie) Vanderwoude, Joy (Dave) Boyko, Lorne (Gwen) Vanderwoude, and Deneena (Paul) Hughes. Grandchildren: Amber and Brooke John, James (Milissa), Daniel (Chantelle) Peter, Grace, Anthony, Michael, Gabriella, Kate, Kennedy (Logan), Georgia, Brett and Sophia and great-granddaughter Flora; his sister Djoke and all his nieces, nephews and their families in the Netherlands; his sister-in-law Sybil Williams, brother and sister-in-law Morris and Gwen Heffel and his nieces, nephews and their families in Canada as well as many friends all over the world.
Paul grew up in the Netherlands. He immigrated to Canada just before his 23rd birthday. He held many jobs including farming, construction, and wrestling.
He faithfully served as a municipal police officer for 32 years. He loved travelling and meeting people. Paul was not afraid to share his faith and his opinions.
Paul was predeceased by his first wife Flora E. Heffel, his second wife Margaret Plett and his third wife Lillian Thiessen, and three brothers.
Special thanks to Anna and George Braun, and Janneke and Ronald Hamstra and their children, who lovingly took care of him until his passing.
Cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life at a later date.
Ash interment for Paul Vanderwoude will be at Sedgewick Cemetery, AB.

As published in The Carillon on Dec 24, 2020

Condolences & Memories (4 entries)

  • I knew knew Paul and his first wife well, Sedgwick is a small town and we all often mixed at church functions and other events.../ I want to offer my sympathy to Paul's children Peter and all...Also to Flora's family...Paul was a good man.... Sincerely Jacquie Christenson in Saskatoon. - Posted by: Jacquie Christenson (friend I [and my husband George [d],lived in Sedgewick,) on: Dec 28, 2020

  • Paul was a decent man, who in his own way tried to help guide young hooligans' like me. RIP Mr. Vanderwoude, when I think of you I'll smile. - Posted by: Bill Criss (friend) on: Dec 26, 2020

  • Sending sympathy to Paul's family. He was always know as Tall Paul in Sedgewick as well as Flagstaff County. A part of our community. A soft spoken man and well liked. My husband Delmore enjoyed being around Paul since he worked for the County when Paul was there too. Hugs to all, virtually of course! Take care. Love Carole Bergum - Posted by: Carole Bergum (Friend from Sedgewick.) on: Dec 26, 2020

  • I grew up on a farm near Sedgwick. Paul was a peace officer for the county of Flagstaff. I was about 13-14 yrs old. A number of us young fellows had small m/c’s, he stopped all of us near what was called Merna corner. Although being scared out of our wits, he was really good with us. Fortunately, I had no more official dealings with Paul, we used to call him Tall Paul. He was so big. I must say that he had some influence on me as I made a career having served in the RCMP, 31 yrs. Paul, RIP. Don Brunner. - Posted by: Don Brunner (Friend) on: Dec 26, 2020

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