SCHOUTEN, JOHN GERARD - 1926 - 2011 - John Schouten of New Canaan, NB passed away peacefully on October 6th at the Moncton Hospital in his 85th year. Born in Amsterdam, Holland on December 29, 1926, he was the son of the late Michael and Christina (Galjee) Schouten. John immigrated to Canada in 1952 with the love of his life, Georgette (vanderZon) Schouten. A willingness to create a better life in his new country led him to the retail business with Kresge/Kmart. Beginning in Ontario, yearly promotions meant many moves for the family, eventually leading John to the Kmart in Moncton, NB from 1968-1977. The next move was to Kmart in Dartmouth, NS from where he retired in 1985 after 33 years. John and Georgette were always up for a challenge and an adventure. They had vision and loved to renovate and decorate all their homes. They passed this love on to their four children. John is survived by Monica Schouten (Dave Thomas), St. Catherine's, Ont., Helen Clarke (Robert) of New Canaan, NB, Michael Schouten (MaryJanet), Edmonton, Alta., Nicole Marks (James), Ship Harbour, NS; grandchildren Matthew (Gillian) and Patrick Clarke, Jennifer and Rebecca Thomas, Amanda and Kate Schouten, Emma Marks; great grandchildren Julia and Lila Clarke. He is also survived by his remaining four siblings in Holland; sisters Lida and Leida, brothers Pieter and Hennie and many nieces and nephews. John was predeceased by his wife Georgette, sisters Riek and Lies and brother Bertus. A very special thank you to the Doctors and nurses for the wonderful care which Dad received while in ICU and Palliative Care at the Moncton Hospital. The funeral service will be held at Salisbury Funeral Home, 3350 Salisbury Road (372-4800) on Monday, October 10 at 2 pm with Pastor David McPherson officiating. A reception will follow the service. Burial will take place in Formosa, Ont. at a later date. If desired, memorials to The Friends of the Moncton Hospital or the New Canaan Baptist Church would be appreciated. www.keirsteads.ca
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