Symen Langeraap

Symen Langeraap

Friday, September 3rd, 1937 - Monday, September 14th, 2020
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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear father, Symen Langeraap of Dunnville on Monday, September 14, 2020, in his 84th year. He has gone to his heavenly home where he is reunited with his loving wife Alice (nee Hoekstra). Born on September 3, 1937 in the town of Hommerts, Friesland, The Netherlands to Diedert and Sjoertje (nee deJong) Langeraap. Dad immigrated to Canada in the 1950s with his family and eventually settled in Dunnville, Ontario. On October 3, 1958, Dad married the love of his life Alice Hoekstra. They were blessed with 5 children. Dad was a dairy farmer until he became a Surge Dairy Equipment dealer and retired as a maintenance mechanic with Bick’s Pickles. Even after his retirement, he drove cars for Dave’s Auto until March 2020.

Dear father of Rick and Diana, Betty and Don Tilstra, Sylvia and Brian Stark, John and Joanne and Debra and Cliff Lynk. Proud grandfather of Eric and Meg Langeraap (Morgan and Logan), Ian and Amberly and Tyler and Tara (Maxwell); Justin Tilstra, Keith and Caryn (Emerson and Gerrit) Tilstra and Dan and Arianne (Mikaella, Natalie and Izaak) Tilstra; Billy and Jessica Stark, Meagan and Jordan (Grace and Jack) Husiman and Alex Langeraap; Anthony and Letesha (Landon, Aubrey and Lylah) Keen and Nathan and Katelyn Keen and Breanne Keen. Loving brother of the late Harmke (Jan) Baker; and Pete (Marlene) Langeraap. Brother-in-law of Neeltje (the late Jan) Thinhof, the late Tilly and Paul Roorda, the late Dick Hoekstra (Ann), Henry (Beulah) Hoekstra, Tina (the late Arnold) Bennick, Peter (Ann) Hoekstra, Ron (Rachel) Hoekstra, the late Jane and John Poelman. Uncle to many nieces and nephews.

An immediate family funeral service will be held on Monday, September 21, 2020 at BALLARD MINOR FUNERAL HOME, Dunnville (905-774-7277) at 11 am. Although this service is closed to the public in person, it will be livestreamed on the Ballard Minor Funeral Home Facebook page and available to view afterward on the funeral home website. A public celebration of life will be held at a later date, when restrictions are eased. Donations to the Canadian Diabetes Association would be appreciated by the family. Friends are invited to send condolences and sign the Book of Memories at
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  • Private Service

    Monday, September 21st, 2020 | 11:00am
    Monday, September 21st, 2020 11:00am
    Ballard Minor Funeral Home
    315 Broad Street East
    Dunnville, Ontario N1A 1G4
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    The funeral service is limited to immediate family due to capacity restrictions. The service will be live-streamed on the Ballard Minor Facebook Page for those wishing to join the family in this way.
    Pastor Henry Van Olst


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Nelly Schilstra

Posted at 06:27pm
Our deepest sympathy to Symen's family. Our fond memories include his years of being Harold's hockey coach and visiting after church in the fellowship hall. The twinkle in his eyes always shone brightly when Symen greeted us. May you feel God's nearness in this time of sorrow. Love Harold & Nelly Schilstra

Don Tilstra

Posted at 10:16pm
Our sincere condolences to the family at this time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Don and Jeanette Tilstra

Pete Hoekstra

Posted at 09:52pm
Our deepest condolences to the whole Langeraap family. Uncle Symen was always easy to talk to any time I bumped into him. I have many fond memories of hanging out with my cousin John & siblings as a boy. Uncle Symen & Aunt Alice always made me feel at home and I always looked forward to visiting. Also great memories of family camping at Larry's Hide-away with the Langeraap's & many other cousins.
Pete & Joanne Hoekstra

Michelle Spoelstra

Posted at 08:51am
We were sorry to hear of the passing of your father/grandfather.
May you always cherish the most fondest of memories.
Know we are thinking of you during this difficult time.
Randy & Michelle Spoelstra

Barbara tilstra, and Bobbie & Pj MacArthur and boys

Posted at 12:10am
Our hearts go out to the family of Symen and our prayers are with you all, take comfort that he is with Alice and our lord now and is at peace
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