Charlie Byma, 95, went to be with his Lord and Saviour, with his family by his side, early Monday morning, on Aug. 28, 2017, at Rainycrest Long-Term Care in Fort Frances, Ont.
Charlie was born on Feb. 8, 1922 in The Netherlands to Siebe & Berber Byma.
He was united in marriage to Rita “Renska” Roersma on June 18, 1947. They immigrated to Canada along with their daughter, Ann, in 1948, settling in Manitoba. They moved to Rainy River District in 1952, purchasing a farm on Ducharme Road in Crozier, where they remained until retirement.
Charlie had a great love for farming and travelling, and was a valued member of the Christian Reformed Church.
He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Ann Breukelman of Abbotsford, B.C., Sidney (Marie Claire) of Edmonton, Alta., Louis (Darlene) of Fort Frances, Ont., Betty (Harm) Hazeu of Winnipeg, Man., Jame (Cheryle) of Stony Plain, Alta., Daniel (Rose) of Chestermere, Alta., and Elizabeth (George) Gercama of Winnipeg, Mand.
He will be greatly missed by his many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren.
Charlie also is survived by two brothers, Jake and Bartele; and his sister, Tina (Henk) Borren.
Charlie was predeceased by his wife, Rita; his seven siblings; son-in-law, Albert Breukelman; granddaughter, Nancy; great-grandson, Samuel; and numerous extended family members.
Dad loved farming and started off with a few acres of potatoes, growing to 30 acres in a few years. Dad added milk cows to his farming and stopped the potatoes, but also started working at La Verendrye Hospital as an ambulance driver, then moving to the maintenance department.
After retirement, he wintered in Tucson, Ariz. with Rita for more than 20 years.
With the passing of Rita on April 8, 2012 and his failing health, he was moved to Rainycrest Long-Term Care in January, 2013. Charlie enjoyed the variety of activities in Rainycrest, and especially enjoyed the Wednesday and Sunday chapel services.
He appreciated all those who came to visit but when the cafeteria doors opened, it was time to eat.
Charlie's faith in the Lord remained strong to the end.
Visitation will be held Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017 from 7-9 p.m. at the Northridge Funeral Home in Emo, Ont.
Funeral services will be held Friday, Sept. 1, 2017 at 2 p.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Emo, with Pastor John Vanderburgh officiating.
Interment will take place in the Emo Cemetery.
If desired, in memoriam donations may be made to the charity of your choice c/o Northridge Funeral Home, P.O. Box 89 Emo, Ont., P0W 1E0.
Online condolences may be offered at www.northridgefuneralhome.com