Dirk Oostindie

Dirk Oostindie

Friday, April 13th, 1928 - Sunday, December 8th, 2019
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A compassionate and much-loved North Vancouverite passed away Dec. 8, leaving a legacy for future generations. Dirk led a vibrant life which started in Amsterdam, and included significant times in Sweden, England, Luxembourg, Yukon, Lake Louise, British Columbia, and 60 years in North Vancouver.

With his wife of 62 years Pieternella (Nellie), they raised four sons with growing families and stepfamilies with Paul (Joyce, Matt, Morgan), Eric (Kristen, Jacob, Luke), Ian (Debbie, Jeremy, Trevor-Vida, Tiana) and Irwin (Michael-Jasta-Marley, Inessa). He is predeceased by his daughter-in-law Madeleine. He was an incredibly loved family man. He led an active life as: youth soccer coach; President, North Shore Neighbourhood House; North Shore Arts Commission; Founder, North Shore Garden Contest; Senior National Judge, Communities in Bloom. Dirk served the District of North Vancouver as Parks Manager (1959-1993) and with great affinity for his parks crews created Maplewood Farm, Canada’s first public skateboard bowl at Seylynn Park, Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre, innovative sports fields and dozens more parks and mountain trails.

With Parkinson’s disease, Dirk continued to live actively. He learned resilience from his youth in WW2, living in hiding, sick with diphtheria when he was liberated by Canadian troops (chronicled at A life well-lived, inspiring many, and lived with purpose.

Dirk will be placed at rest in the North Vancouver Cemetery and a public service will be held on Monday, Dec. 16, 1pm, at North Lonsdale United Church, 3380 Lonsdale Ave, North Vancouver.

Please direct questions about the service to Irwin Oostindie,
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  • Service

    Monday, December 16th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Monday, December 16th, 2019 1:00pm
    North Lonsdale United Church
    3380 Lonsdale Ave
    North Vancouver, BC V7N 3K2
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  • Interment

    Sunday, December 15th, 2019 | 1:30pm
    Sunday, December 15th, 2019 1:30pm
    North Vancouver Cemetery
    Lillooet Road
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