Obituary for Ben (Benardus) Van Ruiten
It is with great love and sadness that we announce the passing of Ben on Thursday, February 23rd, 2012 at the Grace General Hospital, at 3 weeks shy of 92 years.
Ben is survived by his wife and soul mate Arlene of 43 years, his loving daughter Darlene and beloved Grandchildren, Benjamin and Emily. Only three Siblings are left in the Netherlands as well as numerous nieces and nephews. Also, his God child Theo in Australia. Ben was preceded by his first wife Joan Bjarnason.
Ben had many chapters in his long, extremely full and happy life. A carefree childhood in Holland. The terror of 5 years under German occupation during WWII. The adventure of a 29 year old bachelor leaving Holland for his new country of Canada. First to Victoria, B.C. for two years, and then employment in the Supply Department to CEO and owner of Florists Supply Co. Ltd. In Winnipeg. Ben was the Honorary Consul of the Netherlands for 17 years. Lastly, his 13 year labour of love as Honorary Colonel of 17 Wing. Where he continued his admiration and gratitude to the veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces for restoring freedom to the Netherlands in l945. He continued his admiration and respect of the current personnel in the Royal Canadian Air Force that forever kept him young and on his toes.
Ben served on many boards, received many awards, and even found time to play some golf at St. Charles. Ben will be remembered for his kind heart, twinkling blue eyes, fun loving spirit, cheerful personality and strong work ethic. Beware if Ben was fund raising for a good cause.
The family wishes to thank Dr. A.N. Schroeder and nurse Kathy who were always there for him as well as Dr. Brendan MacDougall. Also, the excellent and caring staff at the Grace General Hospital this past week.
If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made to the Winnipeg Foundation on behalf of the Zaaire Foundation (the Dutch Scholarships donated annually to Red River College and Technical Vocational High School or The Hubbell Awards (the annual scholarship donated to the top Cadet annually in the Navy, Army and Air Force.
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