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Edward Ed van Oorschot ONB December 9, 1930 June 16, 2024 93 years old, obituary, obituaries, obituary

Edward Ed van Oorschot ONB December 9, 1930 June 16, 2024 93 years old, obituary, obituaries, obituary

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Obituary Edward van Oorschot ONB
With much gratitude for a life well lived, and with great sadness over the loss of a wonderful man, we say goodbye to Eke’s soulmate, our father and our Grandpa. Born in Roosendaal, Netherlands, Edward van Oorschot embarked on a remarkable journey that spanned continents, professions and passions. His legacy, etched in the hearts of family, friends and community members, reflects a life well lived.
At the age of 20, Ed emigrated to Canada, where he met his soulmate Eke Delange. They married in October 1954 in Stoney Creek, Ontario, and together they built a family that would grow to nine children: Darlene (Erin), Cecily (Fred), Shirley (predeceased), Patty (Greg), Karin (Tim), Michael (Tara), John, Thomas and Danielle (Ken). He is also survived by 21 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. On June 3, 2024, his youngest great-grandchild Harrison was born, a beautiful symbol of the circle of life.
Over the years, Ed has demonstrated a remarkable ability to be a ‘jack of all trades’, and master of many. He did what was necessary to provide for his family. He worked on a tobacco farm in Ontario. While living briefly in Hamilton, he sold himself as a bus driver who knew his way around town (not true!!). While working at a sawmill in northern NB, he sold himself as a millwright (also not true!!). But he learned quickly and learned all the skills he needed to become a master.
Ed founded a construction company that flourished. He built many houses, including his own, and renovated many others. And in 1971, after much prayer and soul searching, Ed and Eke decided to sell his share of the construction company to spend more time with his growing family and to offer his talents to his community.
Ed’s hands were always busy, whether shaping wood, working the land, playing his beloved violin or creating art. His studio and workshop were his refuge. Oil paintings adorned the walls, and intricate carvings and bowls made of beautiful burls adorned the shelves. His relief carvings told stories of resilience, beauty and the human spirit. He loved sharing his creativity by teaching others the art of woodcarving and painting.
A hobby farm brought Ed a lot of pleasure. Even though he lived on the Loch Lomond Road, he still managed to house a few cows! When he moved to Black River with his family, he had goats (sorry for the loss of your flowers, neighbors!!), chickens and rabbits. He loved gardening and always had the best garlic crop!
The Silverados were a special love of his. This was a group of (you guessed it – silver-haired) musicians who provided entertainment at various long-term care and nursing homes. It brought Ed so much joy to see how happy his music made others.
But Ed’s legacy transcends craftsmanship. He was a champion of social justice. He co-founded CHARIS, a program that renovated low-income housing before financing was even available. The Lakewood Headstart, which he helped establish with Eke, provided educational opportunities for children from disadvantaged backgrounds and support for their mothers. This continued with a food bank and a clothing center. And the Romero House Soup Kitchen in Saint John, which he helped found, continues to nourish the body and mind.
The New Dawn community was founded to bring an Ark community to St. John’s. The monthly meetings were a wonderful opportunity for people of all levels to celebrate together with music and fun. Ed was delighted to found the mime group New Dawn Players, which he directed for a number of years.
It seems Ed was always learning new skills. He learned to dive, play the violin and make cedar canoes. He converted an old school bus into a ‘mobile home’, which took us all the way to Regina with eleven people. Ed had so much fun with magic. He loved learning new tricks and entertaining others with his sleight of hand. The Magic Circle was special to him and he looked forward to seeing his fellow magicians at the monthly gatherings.
Ed enjoyed fishing and often took his children out. But there was no way he was going to put on the worms for us – if we wanted to fish, we had to do it all! We had four seasons of fire on the beach, where we cooked hot dogs and roasted potatoes. He often took us wilderness camping.
Ed’s heart knew no bounds. He and Eke spent six months volunteering at an orphanage in Mexico, where they were able to use their skills to teach woodworking and sewing. They also spent several months at Harvest House in Saskatchewan supporting this community. These experiences abroad enriched his understanding of humanity and fueled his commitment to service.
In recognition of his significant service to his community, Ed was awarded the Order of New Brunswick in 2018. And in 2023 he received the Queen’s Jubilee Award. So deserved!!!
Ed lived an incredible 34 years with cancer, a testament to his resilience and love of life. His legacy lives on through his family, the communities he touched, the wood he shaped and the love he shared. Since we were young children growing up in a large family, we have experienced firsthand what is really meant by the saying, “We are our brother’s keeper.” As we say goodbye, we celebrate a life of purpose, compassion and creativity – a life that echoes in the rustle of leaves, the grain of wood and the laughter of generations.
The family of this wonderful man would like to extend special thanks to Dr. Scott Bagnell, Dr. Patrick Omotoso, Dr. Samantha Gray, Dr. Emily Love, Dr. Jessica Hemmings, Jason Steeves and his team at PharmaSave, the amazing team at Extra Mural and the caring Black River community.
“Loving someone deeply gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
A Celebration of Life will be held at Fundy Funeral Home on Friday, June 21 from 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM. We welcome you to help us celebrate the life of this remarkable man.
In lieu of flowers, the family invites donations to the Seaview Community Center, the Salvation Army or Fresh Start.

December 9, 1930 June 16, 2024 93 years old

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Obituary for the city: Saint-John, Province: Nouveau-Brunswick

obituary Edward Ed van Oorschot ONB December 9, 1930 June 16, 2024 93 years old

obituary Edward Ed van Oorschot ONB December 9, 1930 June 16, 2024 93 years old

We express our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Edward Ed van Oorschot ONB December 9, 1930 June 16, 2024 93 years old and hope that their memory may be a source of comfort in this difficult time. Your thoughts and kind words are greatly appreciated.

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