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April

Tom Janssen

Rhody Family Funeral Home

There are three important words in life. Love, honesty, and trust.

Tom’s everyday actions revolved around these three keywords. It didn’t matter if you were one of his daughters, a friend or a complete stranger, he treated everyone with the same respect. Honesty, however, was the quality Tom admired most. He led by example and never had a bad thing to say about anyone. Tom was a humble, patient man who will be dearly missed. Thankfully, he will live on in all those he touched through the memories and stories he left us.

Teunis “Tom” was born on Friday, April 24, 1953 to Gijsbert and Jacoba (Groeneveld) Janssen in Ede, Netherlands. He was the youngest of eight boys; Jan, Mies, Gijs, Jaap, Rein, Aart, Joop and Teus (Tom). The Janssen family resided on a farm on the outskirts of the town where he attended public school in Lunteren. Tom then attended trade school in Ede for three years, becoming a licensed carpenter at the young age of 15.

In 1973, while on holidays in Mallorca, Spain Tom met a young woman by the name of Nanny “Nancy” Schuur who was also there vacationing with a friend. This was the first time they met, even though they had been dancing at the same venue back in the Netherlands, Frans Van Tellingen, every Saturday night. The young couple married on Thursday, July 10, 1980 and just a month later, immigrated together to Canada on August 8, 1980. Canada presented more opportunities and a brighter future for the newlyweds. Initially, they settled with Tom’s brother Jan for a short period of time, before purchasing their first home on the 14th of Bentinck. The Janssen family soon began to grow, with the arrival of their four daughters; Joyce (1982), Amy (1984), Angela (1988) and Nicole (1994).

Upon arrival in Canada, Tom began working for John Kuiper Construction and remained with them for the next ten years. In May of 1989, the Janssens moved into a spec home on Sideroad 5, before building a new home on the 12th of Bentinck. It was at this time that Tom started his own business, TJ Construction. The year was 1990. After many years of doing home renovations and agricultural construction, he later concentrated more on building new homes.

Tom had always been interested in real estate and development and enjoyed this opportunity more in recent years. In March of 2018, Jako Developments Inc. was formed with Harry and Leony Koelen and their vision of Forest Creek Estates became a reality. In August of 2020, Tom and Nancy sold their family home and moved to Forest Creek.

Life wasn’t all work and no play for Tom. He loved anything that was fast and had a motor. Tom was a big fan of Formula 1 and any form of motorcycle racing. He enjoyed his fair share of time on motorcycles and snowmobiles. As most of you know, Tom was a Ford guy and wasn’t afraid to let his preference be known.

Many Friday nights were spent out in the shop, having a few drinks – most likely a rye and Coke, hanging with the guys. These evenings often involved a poker game which Tom always looked forward to. Tom was also a bird enthusiast. He even tried his hand at breeding Kakariki’s, a small parrot, and found great pleasure in just watching the birds gather at his feeders. He would entertain himself by reading or watching the news on CNN or Fox, sports, or a good Western movie. When it came to reading, he enjoyed documentaries, true stories and war novels.

Tom loved the heat and could be found sunbathing even if there was still snow on the ground. He particularly enjoyed the beach and hot summer days. Tom enjoyed kayaking with Nancy and Sunday drives together for ice cream. Tom also enjoyed travelling. For many years, he returned annually to the Netherlands to celebrate special occasions with family. Tom enjoyed travelling South with Nancy, his favourite destinations being Costa Rica and Florida. He and Nancy also explored Northern Ontario and recently took a road trip through Western Canada and the United States. He had a soft spot for impoverished countries. He tried to help wherever he could and spent time in the Dominican Republic building a church and over the years provided support to a variety of other missionary ventures.

It should be no surprise, but Tom’s top priority was always Nancy and the girls. As the girls grew up, Tom eagerly welcomed his sons-in-law as his own and enjoyed the guy time. During their childhood, Tom loved taking the girls for snowmobile rides. He never hesitated to take a day off work to join the girls on school ski trips, skipping the bus home to extend the day on the slopes. The girls also recall the days where dad came home at lunch to take them swimming in Scone, before returning to work. He taught all the girls a variety of life skills and lessons, always remaining patient with them and never getting upset.  He handed down his passion for hobby farming, supporting the girls in raising various animals.

As a carpenter, many other lessons took place in the shop and involved building a variety of things. Some of Tom’s best words of wisdom included, “measure twice, cut once” and “don’t hit the wrong nail!” He always encouraged the girls to work hard and do the job right the first time. They always knew that they could count on dad no matter the time or situation. As they got older, he was their chauffeur on more than one occasion, but also enjoyed being part of the fun when the girls had friends over to the house.

The introduction of grandchildren meant another chapter in Tom’s life, one that he truly treasured. Opa always had a treat on hand for his grandkids. He could often be found playing soccer, or a board game such as chess or Cat & Mouse with Logan and Cason. He also enjoyed watching them participate in their sports and building with them in the shop. He often took Claire and Kaylie, who he lovingly referred to as Double Trouble, for rides on his side-by-side.

Tom made connections everywhere he went. He was easy going and easy to get along with. Through his work, travels, and day to day life, he impacted the lives of many and made lots of close friends. Whether it was a funny joke or his whistling tune, his presence was always appreciated.

Sadly, Tom and his family’s world was turned upside down in November 2019 when he was diagnosed with Mesothelioma. This news was devastating for everyone, however Tom’s strong faith in God allowed him to accept his fate, never complaining once. In true Tom fashion, he made the best of each day and appreciated all the support of his family and friends. Tom passed away surrounded by his loving family and closest friend Harry, at Chapman House, Owen Sound on Thursday, April 8, 2021 in his 68th year.

Beloved husband of Wijnanda “Nancy” (Schuur). Loving father of Joyce (Brent) Nicoll of Chesley, Amy (Pat) Madill, Angela (Chris) Hopkins, all of Durham and Nicole (Andy) Peterson of Walkerton. Cherished Opa of Claire, Kaylie, Logan and Cason. Tom will be dearly missed by brothers Gilbert (Elizabeth) of Hanover, Marinus, Rein (Jennie), Aart (Dina), Joop (Marie-Jose), sisters-in-law Jans, Willie, and brother-in-law Ruud Schuur, all of Holland. He was predeceased by his brothers Jan, Jaap and his parents Gijsbert and Jacoba (Groeneveld) Janssen.

A public visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Tuesday, April 13, 2021 from 3 – 8 p.m. In order to attend, all guests must call the funeral home and register – please call (519 363-2525) anytime daily from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. to register. All visitors will be required to wear face masks and socially distance. A private funeral service celebrating Tom’s life will be held on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. A recording of the service will be available on the funeral home website Thursday. Interment in Chesley Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Chapman House or Chesley Hospital Foundation would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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John and Cindy Matthews
April 28, 2021

Tom was a top notch individual. We were saddened to learn of his passing. Deepest condolences to you, Nancy, and family.

Brad and Colleen Yenssen
April 27, 2021

We were so sorry to hear about Tom. Our hearts were saddened . Tom was always kind and friendly and a hard worker. He will be missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Alex & Petra Serratore
April 21, 2021

We are so sorry to hear of your tremendous loss Nancy & family. A beautiful tribute to Tom and his impactful life. Thinking of you all during this difficult time.

Sarah van Veen
April 21, 2021

So sorry to hear about your loss, Joyce. My deepest sympathy to you and all your family.

Erwin en Rachel Janssen
April 19, 2021

Lieve Nancy en familie,

Gecondoleerd met het overlijden van Teus.
Wij wensen jullie heel veel sterkte toe voor de komende tijd.

Lieve groet

Dennis & Brenda Ann Fischer
April 15, 2021

Nancy and family. We are so sorry to hear Tom’s passing. We are thinking of you and our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
Cherish the memories.

Pam Farrow
April 14, 2021

Nancy, Angela, Amy and your families. Hearing of the loss of Tom weighs heavy on me. It was always a pleasure to work with him and all of you. His good nature combined with his diligence has left a tangible product of many beautiful homes of his making. He will be remembered well and all or you are in my thoughts.

Kind regards, Pam Farrow

Kevin and Patti Golem
April 14, 2021

We are sad to hear of Tom’s passing Nancy and Family.
We will not forget Toms attention to quality and detail as him and his crew built our house. It was a great way to develop a relationship.
Our thoughts support your family Nancy.

Mark and Michele Smailes
April 14, 2021

We were so saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. He was always a friendly face in a crowd and a pleasure to talk with. He will be greatly missed.

Tom & Karen Sweiger
April 14, 2021

Very sorry for your loss.

Betty Bender
April 14, 2021

Nancy and family our deepest condolences in the loss of Tom. He will be missed. Was always a pleasure to see him. From all our Rona families

Jim and Terry Reid
April 14, 2021

We were saddened to hear of Tom’s passing. Our thoughts are with your family and pray for comfort at the this time of deep sorrow.

Willie en Lianne Jansen
April 14, 2021

Lieve Nanny en familie,
Gecondoleerd met dit grote verlies van Teus.

John and Linda Geertsma
April 13, 2021

Nancy and Family
We are so saddened to hear about Tom. He was a great man and so kind and caring to everyone . We feel Blessed to have known him for quite a lot of years! His family was such an important part of his life! He will be missed by everyone whose life he touched . Please accept our most heartfelt condolences! May you find comfort in your precious memories and in Gods Love . Hugs!

Joni Lang
April 13, 2021

Nancy and Family, please accept our deepest sympathies at this very difficult time. You have a wonderful family and the love you have for one another will hold you all together. May all your memories bring you solace when you think of Tom. A great man who will be dearly missed but his legacy will live on through all of you. 🙏

Cindy and Ted Donkers
April 13, 2021

Dearest beautiful Nancy and stunning family – Ted and I were devastated to learn of the loss of Tom. He was an amazing man, whose incredible building skills are a legacy to his professionalism. However, and more importantly so, the family, Nancy, that you and he built, will forever be regarded as the strongest of units, and I’m sure, envied by many. We wish we could be with you to mourn his loss, but also to celebrate the life of a man whose fierce love for his family, passion for his trade, and selfless kindness, was second to none. Please know we’re thinking of each of you, and we’ll look forward to when we can gather together, and raise a glass to Tom. Until then…

Steve, Andrew, Tyler Hatten & staff
April 13, 2021

Nancy & family, please accept our condolences on your loss. We are very grateful to have been able to work with Tom for almost 30 years. His kindness and great attitude will be missed. Our thoughts are with you.

Brenna Lawrence and Allan Rogers
April 13, 2021

Nancy and family, it was with great sadness that we learned of Tom’s passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and we hope that in a small way they help through these trying times.

Kathy Johnston
April 13, 2021

What a lovely tribute and such a handsome picture of your Husband and Father. Please know I am thinking of your family at this difficult time and wish you peace and healing through the memories you will share together and with family and friends.

Raj's Family and Telesat Family
April 13, 2021

My deepest sympathies to you and your family. You and your family are in our thoughts as you grieve this loss.

Evan Bleumer
April 13, 2021

I’ll always remember Teus for his sense of humour. He was the king of pulling your leg and I loved hearing his hilarious stories no matter how ridiculous they were! I loved seeing him on the job as I knew we’d have a good day if he was around! We’ll miss him very much. I hope you all find healing.

Evan and Tessa Bleumer & Family

Prashant Patel
April 12, 2021

Deepest heartfelt sincere condolences on your loss. May the departed Soul Rest In Peace and be assured that our prayers are with you and your family as you grieve..

Warmest regards,

Prashant

Ron and Ingrid DeVisser
April 12, 2021

Nanny, girls and family
We are so sad to hear of Teus’ passing. May God comfort you all in this sad time, but may He also give you a sweet time of remembering and sharing together. We are thinking of you and praying for you.

Dale & Emma Woelfle & family
April 12, 2021

Sending our sympathy Nancy and family. Remember the memories.

Doug and Bonnie Sacks
April 12, 2021

Nancy and Family, Sending our Deepest Sympathy and Prayers.

Mary Macedo
April 12, 2021

My Deepest Condolences Nancy. Heartbroken for you and family. RIP Mr. Janssen.
HUGS

Colleen and Don Leeson
April 11, 2021

So very sorry for your loss Nancy. I’ve thought of you often since Curves closed and wondered how you’re doing but unfortunately didn’t pick up the phone.
God be with you and your family.

Jack and Ellen Cavill
April 11, 2021

We are extending our sympathy to you. Hold your memories close.

Gijs & Henny Beukhof
April 11, 2021

Lieve Nanny en familie, Van Harte Gecondoleerd met het verlies van Teus. Voor de toekomst heel veel sterkte en ondersteuning van de Heere toegewenst. Hartelijke groeten van, Eefje Beukhof.

Riny en Klazien Beukhof
April 11, 2021

Nanny en familie,
gecondoleerd met het overlijden van Teus. We wensen jullie heel veel sterkte en kracht toe.
Riny en Klazien Beukhof

G. J. Janssen
April 11, 2021

Nanny, familie

Gecondoleerd met het overlijden van Teus.
In gedachten bij jullie.

Warme groet,
bert (en familie)

Trudy Kuiper
April 11, 2021

My deepest condolences to you & family.

Riny Jansen
April 11, 2021

Hallo Nanny en kinderen en family, gecondoleerd met het overlijden van Teus. Heel veel sterkte toegewenst. Groet, Riny Jansen

Geert en Marleen Jansen-Bus
April 11, 2021

Nanny en Familie,
Gecontroleerd met dit grote verlies.

Matt Peterson & Sammy Tse
April 11, 2021

We meet Tom just a few years ago when his daughter Nicole and her partner Andy were preparing to travel New Zealand. Tom and Nancy welcomed us to stay at their home and celebrate Nicole and Andy’s last day with us. We sat around the campfire having some drinks and sharing stories. It wasn’t along after that, that we started visiting more often – tubbing down the river, visiting flee markets, and the wedding (Andy&Nicole) !!!

Spending time with Tom and Nancy was always a good time. We cherish the moments we spent getting to know the parents who raised the best sister-in-law we could ask for, Nicole. We hope we will to visit in the near future.
We send our deepest condolences to the entire family.

Doug W Reay
April 11, 2021

Our sincere sympathy to your family.

Gijs & Henny Beukhof
April 11, 2021

Lieve Nanny met je kinderen en kleinkinderen, allemaal gecondoleerd van ons en onze kinderen met het verlies van Teus. Allemaal heel veel sterkte toegewenst voor de aankomende tijd. We leven hier met jullie mee en met veel mensen die jullie kennen.
Mogen kostbare herinneringen je troosten in deze moeilijke tijd.

Liefs Gijs en Henny Beukhof

Wout en Jannie Fluit
April 11, 2021

Gecondoleerd met het verlies van Teus.
Voor nu en in de toekomst heel veel sterkte gewenst.
Liefs Wout en Jannie Fluit

Bob & Linda Folmer
April 10, 2021

Nancy. Thinking of you during this very difficult time. Our sympathy to you and your family.

Sue & Ernie Krajcir
April 10, 2021

Amy, Pat and family, our sincere condolences to you all. You are all in out thoughts and prayers.

Antonius & Wendy Peeters
April 10, 2021

Nancy and Family. We had the privileged to get to know Tom through the Forest Creek Estates development project. He was not just successful, he helped others succeed as well, as he did for EH!tel. Over the years, he’s earned our respect and friendship and we will miss him. Our sincerest condolences.
Antonius and Wendy Peeters

John and Cathy Stinson
April 10, 2021

Nancy and family. We want to express our most sincere condolences to all of you. Tom was always a pleasure to work for and socialize with. He’ll be fondly remembered by all who knew him.
John and Cathy Stinson and family

Lorrie Runge
April 10, 2021

Amy and family. My most sincere condolences to you at this difficult time . Take solace in knowing your Dad, husband, grandfather , is at peace , and that he, and all of you, are loved by so many.

Julie Hachey
April 10, 2021

So sorry to hear Joyce. What a tragedy. All my sympathy to you and your family.

Ginelle MacDougall
April 10, 2021

Dear Janssen family,
May the memories of your dad and the lessons he taught you, carry you through the days, weeks, months and years to come. Having gotten to meet Tom a couple of times, I know he’s left a legacy of love that will carry on in the lives of his girls and grandchildren.
Sending my prayers for all of you.

Richard Burrows and Barb White
April 10, 2021

My deepest condolences to your family. I had the pleasure of meetingTom a few years ago when he helped us out with a project at Osler. He will be missed by those who had the privilege of meeting him. In my prayers.

Barbara Bax
April 10, 2021

Dear Nancy and Family
You are in my thoughts as you grieve the death of your dear husband and father. I pray that God’s love may surround you in this time of much sorrow and bless you with the comfort and
peace which HE alone can give.
Sent with all my love
2 Cor. 5:1

Leslie and Elmer Landman
April 10, 2021

Dear Nancy and Family, We are sad to hear of Tom’s passing. He was, and always will be, one of the kindest and warmest people we knew. We send our loves to you and the girls and their families. Les and Elmer oxox

Jane Godin
April 10, 2021

Sorry to hear. My thoughts go out to all of you. I was glad to have known Tom over the years.

Eileen McCurdy
April 10, 2021

So sorry for your loss My deepest sympathy to all the family

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