JAARSMA, Doede ‘Dougie’

Cape Breton Post - - Obituaries -

Gabarus Lake

It is with bro­ken hearts that we, the fam­ily of Doede ‘Dougie’ Jaarsma, re­gret to an­nounce his pass­ing on Sun­day, May 28, 2017, at the Cape Bre­ton Re­gional Hospi­tal, Syd­ney.

Born De­cem­ber 14, 1953, in Sint Ni­co­laasga, Fries­land, Nether­lands, Dougie was the son of the late Bouwe and Baukje (Zyl­stra) Jaarsma. Dougie moved to Canada at the age of 18, fell in love with Cape Bre­ton and stayed.

He was a diesel me­chanic, em­ployed 27 years with At­lantic Cat. He loved his work and it showed in his out­stand­ing rep­u­ta­tion, but his fam­ily al­ways came first. He was an ex­am­ple of what a car­ing fa­ther and hus­band should be. Dougie was a fan of For­mula One Rac­ing, spend­ing time in his garage and rid­ing his mo­tor bike. He loved his Cape Bre­ton Post and mak­ing Sun­day morn­ing break­fast.

Dougie is sur­vived by his wife of 37 years, Marie (MacDon­ald); daugh­ter, Sarah (Mike Cor­bett), who he was so proud of, Gabarus Lake; sis­ter, Elly (Jan) Wiersma; broth­ers, Harry (Elly), Douwe (Grace) and Tjeerd (Ham­mie), and sev­eral nieces and neph­ews. He will be missed by his furry friend, his cat, Pen­ney.

Be­sides his par­ents, Dougie was pre­de­ceased by his spe­cial aunt, Geeske Clausen, as well as his mother and fa­ther-in­law, John­nie and Sadie MacDon­ald.

Visi­ta­tion will take place at Syd­ney Memo­rial Chapel on Wed­nes­day, May 31 from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. A fu­neral ser­vice will be held at Zion Wes­ley United Church on Fri­day, June 2 at 2 p.m., with Nancy Whit­ney-Latham, DLM of­fi­ci­at­ing. In­ter­ment in Zion Ceme­tery, Gabarus Lake.

Memo­ri­als may be made to a char­ity of your choice and some­thing that would please Dougie would be to per­form an act of kind­ness in his mem­ory.

Words of com­fort can be sent to the fam­ily at www.syd­neymemo­ri­alchapel.ca or e-mail syd­neymemo­ri­alchapel@ ns.sym­pa­tico.ca.

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