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CORNELIUS BERNDSEN SR.
Date of Passing: Sep 22, 2021Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
CORNELIUS BERNDSEN SR.
He will be missed by wife Irene (nee Deleeuw); son Peter (Irene), John, Corry (Jo-Anne), Mark (Jody); 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
A private family service will be held at a later date.
The family would like to thank all the medical staff that were involved in his care.
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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 25, 2021
Condolences & Memories (8 entries)
Words can not express the loss of this truly kind man. He was a father figure to me for most of my life and made me feel like family for which I am grateful. His humor, smile and kindness will be missed. - Posted by: Carol Berndsen (Family ) on: Oct 05, 2021
Condolences to the family for losing such a nice man. He was always very friendly and gave me a big hug when saw me at Kildonan Place. You guys will miss him very much. I am so sorry for you all. - Posted by: Rolina van linge (Friend) on: Oct 02, 2021
Most people will know my uncle Cor Berndsen from his life in Canada, but he was originally from The Netherlands. My sister Corrie was born in 1957 (she also moved to Canada in the late 1970’s) and I was born in 1961, so we didn’t see our Canadian uncle a lot when we were young. But I have some great memories of uncle Cor, because he visited The Netherlands a few times until his mother passed away in 1994. He was always relaxed and very funny when we met him, and especially when he was with my father. During the visits to The Netherlands we often made some small day trips here in the country. I remember a trip to Volendam, where we made pictures in old Dutch fishermen clothes. We also visited other places here, like Marken, Aalsmeer and Amsterdam. During one trip uncle Cor hired a big car (for Dutch standards that is!) and drove it towards the busy centre of Amsterdam. He was used to the more relaxed driving mentality of Canadians and he often stopped in the middle of the streets when people want to walk over to the other side. He got a lot of honks from the cars behind him, but he didn’t care about that! I also remember we had a family dinner in the 1970’s, including uncle Cor and Irene, in restaurant ‘Het Jagertje’ in Hoofddorp, which was located next to IJweg 992, where uncle Cor was born. The party was arranged by Dina Berndsen as a birthday party for her mother Trien van Damme. Grandmother Trien had to pay for the big family dinner and I still see her red cheeks when she did hear the price of the dinner. She always lived a low-cost life and now had to pay a for her huge amount of money. During (I think his last) visit to NL in the 1980’s I remember that I took him and my father in my first car (a Renault 5) for a drive to the old places where they lived, but there was nothing left of the old houses. I’ve later-on also met uncle Cor and other Canadian relatives when visiting Canada in 2002 with my parents (it was their and uncle Cor’s 50 years marriage anniversary). The last time we met was in 2005, when my father lived for half a year with my sister in Oshawa, after my mother died. My father and uncle Cor also called so now and then, before my father became too deaf to make telephone calls. I remember once that my father told uncle Cor during such a call that old ‘De Ruyter’ also passed away. Uncle Cor informed which ‘De Ruyter’ that was and my father replied ‘Michiel De Ruyter’! For the none Dutch people: that’s the most famous Dutch naval hero from the 17th Century, who died back in 1676. That’s the kind of humor they both had! All these (and other) good memories about uncle Cor will for always stay in my mind. My deepest condolences go to aunt Irene and the rest of the family. - Posted by: Peter Berndsen (Family) on: Sep 28, 2021
I’m so saddened to hear about his passing. I served his coffee everyday at Arby’s. I used to let everyone know he was my boyfriend, and Mr. Berndsen and l would laugh. - Posted by: Connie Mackeil (Friend ) on: Sep 27, 2021
From all of us at Arby’s Kildonan Place (closed March 2020), we loved this beautiful man who came to see us regularly. He was kind and made us all want to grab him and give him a big hug every day. Thank you Mr. Berndsen for coming into our lives. Rest In Peace sir. You will be missed. ❤️ - Posted by: Grant Tymchuk (Friend ) on: Sep 27, 2021
Our heartfelt condolences to the entire family. May your fond memories help to ease the pain of your aching hearts. Johnny and Ingrid Silvari - Posted by: Johnny and Ingrid Silvari (Friends of his sons) on: Sep 27, 2021
Irene, and family. Condolences in the loss of your beloved husband. You have many years of beautiful memories. May he rest in peace. Lorraine (Nuytten) Kapko Sherwood Park, Alberta - Posted by: Lorraine Kapko (Nuytten) (friend) on: Sep 25, 2021
I am so extremely saddened to hear of Cornelius‘s passing today. I work at a Kildonan Place Shopping Centre and Cor would come by and visit me and the ladies on a daily basis. He was such a sweetheart of a man and meant the world to all of us. We looked forward to seeing him every day, and hunted him down in the food court if for some reason didn’t stop by to say Hi. My deepest condolences to all of the family. He will definitely leave empty spot in our hearts. Lori ( Guest Services) - Posted by: Lori Hickey (Friend ) on: Sep 25, 2021
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