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Gerrit "Gerry" Carree

1935-2024

Gerrit "Gerry" Carree

With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Gerrit "Gerry" Carree from Coldbrook, NS, on Saturday, May 25, 2024. Gerrit passed away peacefully in hospital surrounded by family and has gone to be with his loving Saviour. Pa struggled with age-related health issues over the last number of years and his body needed rest.

He was born May 8, 1935 in Leiden, Netherlands, son of Gerrit and Maria Catharina (deBlauw) Carree.

Gerrit grew up in the Netherlands and started working at a young age on a dairy farm milking cows by hand. This was interrupted for a time when he served compulsory service in the Dutch Army. Gerrit and Jozina were engaged for three years, marrying in 1957, and decided to immigrate to Canada. 

Mom picked Nova Scotia as it was closest to Holland. Pa worked at several dairy farms upon arriving in Nova Scotia before going to work at Michelin Tire in Granton, Pictou County. In 1982, Pa transferred to Waterville plant in Kings County where home has been ever since. After retirement from Michelin, Pa did various jobs to occupy his time and liked keeping up to date on what was going on at Mike and Roberts' farms. Dairy farming was his passion and he loved seeing how the crops were growing and witnessing the new technology. He was a proud Dutchman and the impact the Dutch have had on the dairy industry here in Nova Scotia and around the world.

Pa was a faithful member of the Christian Reformed Church for many years where he volunteered and served in Consistory as a Deacon and Elder and loved to sing in the choir. Pa and Mom thoroughly enjoyed returning to Holland for several weeks each spring to rent a cottage and enjoy time with family and friends. Pa and Mom also loved to tour around Holland and Pa would also occupy his time singing in the Mannekoor choir.

He was predeceased by parents, Gerrit and Maria; sisters, Corrie and Rina; and brother, Willem.

He leaves to grieve his wife of almost 67 years Jozina (Verboon); children, Jerry (Sonya), Dick (Nenita), Martin (Heather), Robert (Caroline), Michael (Tammy), Wayne (Candy), and Jozina (Diana); sister, Mieke Carree;  grandchildren, Anthony, Sandy, Christa, Nick, Angela, Derek, Adam, Brittany, Mitch, Josh, Taylor, Luc, Maria, Katie, Chelsea, Madison, Ryan, Meghan, Alexander, Finn and Meika; 22 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews, and brothers and sisters-in-law.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 30 in the White Family Funeral Home, Kentville. The funeral service will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 31 in the Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, 2639 Black Rock Road, Grafton. Pastor Les Goossen officiating. For those unable to attend, an audio livestream option is available:  https://listentochurch.com/listen/annapolisvalley#. A private family interment will be held in Lakeview Cemetery, Lakeville, prior to the funeral service, Pastor Justin Halbersma officiating.  

Donations in memory may be made to the Lung Association of NS or the Canadian Red Cross. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. Online condolences and inquiries may be directed to www.whitefamilyfuneralhome.com.

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Service Date
Friday, May 31, 2024
Service Time
2:00 p.m.
Service Location
Church of God in Christ, Mennonite, 2639 Black Rock Road, Grafton, Nova Scotia

Visitation
Thursday, May 30, 2024
Visitation Time
6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Visitation Location
White Family Funeral Home, Kentville, Nova Scotia

Burial Date
May 31, 2024
Burial Time
Private Family
Burial Location
Lakeview Cemetery, Lakeville, Kings County, Nova Scotia

Requested Charity
Lung Association of NS or the Canadian Red Cros