Arnold Gerhard Kaemingh, 52, of 24 Armstrong Pl., Fort Frances, Ont., passed away Tuesday, April 7, 1998 at the Port Arthur General Hospital in Thunder Bay, Ont. He was born Sept. 19, 1945 in Barchem, Gelderland, Holland.
Arnold went home to be with his Lord, peacefully after a courageous battle with cancer. He follows his father, Arnold Kaemingh, who passed away in September, 1969; his mother, Grada Kaemingh in June, 1992; and sister, Dini Ewald in September, 1983.
He was a loving husband, father, and Papa. He was our strength and comfort in his final days, keeping his sense of humour and strong character to the end. We etch his courage and love to our hearts, and cherish his memory for the rest of our lives.
He came to Canada in 1947 and had worked as a papermaker at the Abitibi-Consolidated mill. He enjoyed reading, his time spent with his friends, and was a generous man. He was a very intelligent and sharp-witted man, and was known as quite a joker. He was a member of the Christian Reformed Church in Emo.
His main love was playing with his grandchildren and spending time with family.
Arnold is lovingly remembered by his wife of 33 years, Judy Kaemingh, of Fort Frances, Ont.; his son, Ed Kaemingh and wife, Jennifer, of Edmonton, Alta; daughters, Irene Kaemingh of Fort Frances, and Carla Payne and husband, Rob, of Fort Frances, Ont.; and his four precious grandchildren, Danielle, Melissa, Robbie, and Mallory Payne of Fort Frances, who were the twinkles in his eyes.
Also surviving are two chosen sons, Mike Krikke and wife, Sandra, of Fort Frances, Ont., and Ralph Krikke and wife, Krista, of Denver, Col.; dear friend and pastor, Gerald Van Smeerdyk; his sisters and brothers, Anne Veldhuisen and husband, Nick of Emo, Henry and wife, Thea, of Devlin, Ted and wife, Ynske, of Emo, Gertie Kamerman and husband, John, of Emo, Alice Wieringa and husband, Hielke, of Brampton, Ont., Ada Shortreed and husband, Don, of Thunder Bay, Joanne Veenstra and husband, Ted, of Smithers, B.C., Ann Fluit and husband, Ralph, of Dutton, Ont., Helen Cates and husband, Elmer, of Emo, and Janette Bax and husband, Herb, of Thunder Bay; brothers-in-law, Glenn Ewald and wife, Thea, of Smithers, B.C., and Dan Mack of Dryden; and numerous nieces and nephews of whom he was very fond and very many close friends.
Funeral services were held Saturday, April 11, 1998 at 1:30 p.m. at the Christian Reformed Church in Emo. Pastor Gerald Van Smeerdyk officiated, with interment in Emo Cemetery.
Friends visited with the family on Friday, April 10, 1998 at Green Funeral Home in Fort Frances.
Pallbearers were Arnold Kaemingh, Nico Veldhuisen, Gerald Veldhuisen, David Kaemingh, Tim Shortreed, and Jack Esselink.
Honourary pallbearers were Nick Schryvershof, Eltjo Wiersema, John Ploegman, Jack Wielinga, Henry Krikke, Louis Byma, and Mark Van Heyst.
We will always remember him for his love for little children, his compassion for those who need a friend, his loving care for those who are helpless, his battle against abortion, his hatred of all that is unjust, his hatred of pretense and dishonesty, his love for integrity, loyalty, faithfulness and generosity, his love for his family and friends, his struggle to love those who hurt him, his intellect, his cunning wit and rapier sense of humour. Those who knew him well will never forget his beautiful laughter and the twinkle in his eyes. Thank you Lord, for the fierceness of his passions. Thank you that he has left all that was best in him in us. May we have the courage to honour his life by never failing to use what you have given us through him.
In memoriam donations may be made to the Christian Reformed World Missions, 2850 Kalamazoo Ave., S.E., Grand Rapids, Mich. U.S.A. 49560, The Amethyst House-Northern Cancer Research Foundation, 290 Munro St., Thunder Bay, Ont., P7A 7T1, or to the charity of your choice.