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TIMOTHY BOONSTRA (published on September 29, 2009)

TIMOTHY BOONSTRA With his family by his side, Timothy Boonstra passed away peacefully at the Beausejour Hospital on Saturday, September 26, 2009 in his 62nd year after a lengthy and courageous battle with cancer. Tim was predeceased by his parents Hendrik and Antje; son Roger; sisters, Pietje (Pat), Janneke (Jane), and Margje. Tim leaves behind to mourn his wife of 38 years Laura; son Walter (Jaime Dawn; grandsons, Jeffrey and Matthew) Boonstra; daughter Kim (Curt; granddaughter Jessi, grandson James) Germaine, and daughter Cheryl (Scott; grandson Dylan) Wong; brothers, Gerrit, Bill, and John; sisters, Eilkje, Trudy, and Anneke, along with many nieces, nephews and friends. Tim was born in Holland on June 5, 1947 and immigrated to Canada with his family when he was five years old. At his time of passing he was employed with Canadian Cellulose Industries in Winnipeg. He was a passionate man, especially when it came to family, music, politics, and sports. No matter what he was doing, there had to be music, with John Lennon's Imagine being among his favourites. He was quick to make a person smile, be it an old friend, or someone he just met, and always made you feel welcome in his home. While watching sports he could be quite emotional, he would either jump off of the couch clapping and cheering when his favourite team scored a point, or he would be yelling at a player or official when they weren't doing what he thought they should. It was almost as though he thought that they could hear him through the T.V. He was also very passionate about politics, he spent many mornings arguing with the Free Press and himself over one political view or another. As a younger man, Tim plied his trade as a carpenter, and became very good at it. He was an extremely knowledgeable man, and loved all of his family very much. There will be a graveside ceremony held at the Garson Cemetery on Friday, October 2, 2009 to be followed with a luncheon at the Garson Community Centre. In lieu of flowers, the family have requested that donations be made to the CancerCare Manitoba, Beausejour Hospital T.V. Fund and/or the Children's Wish Foundation.

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