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Bastiaan (Bart) Buitendyk passed peacefully away on March 4th 2008, at the age of 88 years. He leaves behind his loving wife, Helen, of 41 years, his two children, Alison (David) and Peter (Lise), and five grandchildren, Shannon and Colin Gill, and Jacques, Sophie and Kevin Buitendyk. He is also survived by a son, Bart Jr., from his first marriage, who resides in Holland.

Bart was born in Amsterdam, Holland, on January 13, 1920, the fourth child in a family of eight. He was 20 when the Second World War started, and was in forced labour and concentration camps during its duration. From 1946 to 1949 he served as a volunteer with the Dutch Army in Indonesia. In 1951 he immigrated to Canada, and worked as a Building Contractor in the Sidney area for around 35 years, building approximately 40 houses on the Peninsula, many of which were large waterfront houses. Over the years he gained a high reputation for quality workmanship. Bart was a member of the local Bethel Baptist Church for 35years. He was a wonderful father and husband, and is leaving a lasting positive legacy to the next generation.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Extended Care Unit of Saanich Peninsula Hospital for their loving care of Bart during the six months he was residing there.

The Memorial Service for Bart will be held at the SHOAL Centre, 10030 Resthaven Drive, Sidney, on Friday, March 14th at 2 p.m.

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