Herman DeRuiter

Herman "Herm" DeRuiter

Friday, July 18th, 1952 - Thursday, November 28th, 2019
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DeRuiter, Herman “Herm”
It is with great sorrow that our family announces the passing of Herm on Wednesday, November 27, 2019, in his 68th year. He is survived by his beloved wife Brenda and his devoted sons Derek and Nick. Herm was incredibly proud of these fine men he raised. He will be incredibly missed by his siblings, Irene and Jim Baarda, Dini and Bert Van Beek, Al and Sharon DeRuiter, Henny and Lawrence Uyl, Hank and Janice DeRuiter, and Hilly and Paul Gaskin. Predeceased by his parents Dick and Hilda DeRuiter and his oldest brother John and his wife Linda. Brenda’s parents, Stan and Sharon Meadows, loved Herm very much. He will also be missed by Brenda’s sister Marlene and Brenda’s brother, Jason and his wife Elva. Herm will be remembered and missed by many nieces and nephews, his faithful dog Chief, neighbours, and countless friends. Herm lived out his Christian faith every day in his generosity, kindness, selflessness, endless patience, and his warm and loving smile. Herm has been a member of Bethel Christian Reformed Church in Dunnville since his family immigrated to Canada in 1959, where he had served as a deacon and elder. Since his retirement he has been volunteering for Senior Support Services. He was also on the Board of Directors for the Youth Impact Centre and enjoyed volunteering there with kids on Tuesday afternoons. One of Herm’s greatest passions was playing soccer with his treasured friends on the Dunnville United Soccer Club. In honour of his many years with the team and dedication to them they honoured him by retiring his jersey #3. Herm loved golfing with Derek and Nick. He enjoyed cooking, puttering in the garden, cheering on the Toronto Maple Leafs, and the annual D.U.S.C. hockey pool, especially his recent wins! Herm’s greatest love was his wife Brenda. From their first date, they knew they would be together forever. They shared the same faith, values, goals, interests and always enjoyed being together whether it was just being at home with Chief, Saturday morning yard sales, cooking or working in the gardens were all so special because they were with each other. They were devoted to each other and loved each other unconditionally through the good and the bad times. They were married 24 years and were excited to celebrate their 25th Wedding Anniversary next May 27th. Visitations for Herm will be at BALLARD MINOR FUNERAL HOME, 315 Broad Street East, Dunnville, on Sunday December 1st from 2 – 5 pm and 6 - 8pm. The funeral will be at Bethel Christian Reformed Church, 17 Robinson Road, Dunnville on Monday December 2, at 2pm. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery, Dunnville, followed by a time to share our love and memories of Herm at the Dunnville Legion, 305 Queen Street. Donations to Dunnville Youth Impact Centre, Dunnville Hospital and Healthcare Foundation, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation are greatly appreciated. Friends are invited to send condolences and sign the Book of Memories at
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  • Visitation

    Sunday, December 1st, 2019 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Sunday, December 1st, 2019 2:00pm - 5:00pm
    Ballard Minor Funeral Home
    315 Broad Street East
    Dunnville, Ontario N1A 1G4
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  • Second Visitation

    Sunday, December 1st, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Sunday, December 1st, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Ballard Minor Funeral Home
    315 Broad Street East
    Dunnville, Ontario N1A 1G4
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Funeral Service

    Monday, December 2nd, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Monday, December 2nd, 2019 2:00pm
    Bethel Christian Reformed Church
    17 Robinson Road
    Dunnville, Ontario
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    Reverend John Heidinga
    Reverend Frank Engelage
  • Interment

    Monday, December 2nd, 2019 | 3:00pm
    Monday, December 2nd, 2019 3:00pm
    Woodlawn Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Dunnville, Ontario
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Christine Hoover

Posted at 09:08pm
Dear Brenda, Derrick and Nicholas my deepest condolences my thoughts and prayers are with you ❤️
Herman will be deeply missed!

Noel MacLean

Posted at 09:26am
Brenda and Family.
Words cannot express how sorry we are for your loss. We are thinking of you at this very difficult time.
John & Noel MacLean
P Posted at 03:11pm

Tears are in my eyes as I remember Herm over these many years. Everyone thought so highly of Herm, he was a wonderful example for all. I am sorry for such a great loss Brenda, Much love & hugs to you, Nikki, Derek and Chief..... God Bless you all.

Candee Pascarella

Posted at 10:06pm
Brenda and family,
So very saddened to hear of the loss of Herm, he was such a good man, funny and kind his presence will be so dearly missed.
May the love that surrounds you bring comfort and peace to you and your family.


Richard Vallee

Posted at 01:16pm
Richard & Bonnie Vallee

Brenda so sorry to hear of Herm, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Linda and Mark

Posted at 09:38pm
So Sorry to hear of Herm's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Brenda and family. Linda and Bim Laverty.

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