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James VERNOOY

Jim Vernooy

Friday, September 5th, 1952 - Thursday, May 27th, 2021
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Passed away on Thursday, May 27, 2021 surrounded by his family. Jim was predeceased by his wife, Cora (2007) and daughter Julie (1981). Loving father to Erin (Jason), Mark (Danielle) and Keri (Kevin). Cherished Opa to Shawn, Julie and Eric. Survived by his siblings Nick, John, Corrie, Bill, Betsy and Joe. He was predeceased by his siblings Anne, Teresa, Fr. Paul, Mary and Piet. Jim will be sadly missed by many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Jim was born in Woodstock, the youngest of 12 children. He graduated from Waterloo as an electrician in 1975. He started working for Ontario Hydro, and would retire from the same company 30yrs later. In that time, he traveled often with his family and was always keen to try a new adventure. When Jim and the family moved to Brooklin, he became an active member of the local Knights of Columbus chapter and often organized various charity events, such as bingos and the dunk tank at Brooklin Spring Fair. After retirement, Jim became more involved in the Woodstock community. He managed multiple social activities, including darts and card games, with other seniors at Southgate Centre.

Jim had a passion for tractors and farming, and he enjoyed working the fields and picking the stones on his nephews farm in the Stratford area. He was always willing to lend a hand, tend the BBQ at family gatherings and never failed to have a ‘Dad joke’ ready to share.

Family and friends will be received on Sunday, May 30, 2021 from 11am to 4pm at the Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home, 69 Wellington Street North in Woodstock. Guests are required to RSVP online at www.smithleroy.com. Cremation to follow.

A memorial mass will be held at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Woodstock, when we are able to gather as a large group, to celebrate Jim’s life. Internment will then follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Canadian Cancer Society or VON Sakura House would be greatly appreciated.
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    Sunday, May 30th, 2021 | 11:00am - 4:00pm
    When
    Sunday, May 30th, 2021 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Location
    Smith-LeRoy Funeral Home
    Address
    69 Wellington St N
    Woodstock, Ontario N4S 6P7
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Louise Baer

Posted at 03:29pm
Jim and I went to Innerkip Central School together. We then met again at South Gate Centre where he was a very active and cherished volunteer. Always a happy man. He will be missed by many including my husband Larry and I.
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John Van Gerwen

Posted at 12:20pm
Dear Erin, Mark, Keri and all in the Vernooy family,
We wish to extend our deepest sympathies to all of you and want you to know that our thoughts and prayers are with you. We hope that the many fond memories of Jim, along with the knowledge that he is at peace and reunited with Cora, will carry you through this difficult time. Jim was like a big brother to me spending countless hours together back in the day on the farm and then vacationing/visiting together with he and Cora over the years...so many great memories and a lot of good stories. His big smile, his even bigger heart, his caring and fun loving nature, and his deep love of his family are all lasting impressions that will stay with all who knew him forever. May he rest in peace.
Sincerely,
John and Tracy Van Gerwen
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Paul Vink

Posted at 08:14pm
Paul and Janice Vink
Our deepest sympathy to you and your families Erin, Mark and Keri. We will miss Uncle Jim's warm smile.
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yvonne van boekel

Posted at 06:00pm
Dear Vernooy Family my heartfelt condolences with Jims passing may your memories be off great comfort to you all

Yvonne van Boekel Innerkip
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Roger & Janet Demarest

Posted at 11:00am
Our deepest sympathy to all of Jim's family: his children, grandchildren and his brothers and sisters.
Jim always had a smile and a "hello" for you. He will be greatly missed.
Thinking of you at this time and in the days ahead.
Sincerely, Roger and Janet Demarest and family
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