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Pieter Ijff

Pieter Klaas Ijff

Sunday, June 9th, 1963 - Thursday, January 3rd, 2019
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Pieter IJff
1963 - 2019
It is with the heaviest heart that Jaqueline IJff must announce the sudden passing of her true love, soul mate and best friend of her life, Pieter IJff. Pieter passed away January 3rd, 2019, while working on his beloved farm, the place of his heart and soul. No words can describe this tragedy and the pain Jaqueline, Rob, Erik, Michael and all of Pieter’s loved ones, feel. Our hearts are broken. Pieter was born in Assendelft, The Netherlands on June 9th, 1963, to Gerrit and Nel IJff – Koomen, his early years spent there alongside his sisters, Ada and Edith.
In 1972, the family moved to the farm in Lelystad, the place where Pieter grew up to develop a deep affection and lifelong commitment to the farming way of life. Upon completion of a four year study of animal science, Pieter came home to work with his proud mom and dad. He enjoyed horse jumping and dressage, and it was through this sport that Pieter met the love of his life, Jaqueline. Lots of memories were made, many spent together with friends helping to organize big outdoor events for the youth in the community. These events became so popular that, eventually, hundreds of youth came out to have a good time. Pieter and Jaqueline’s happiness grew as they welcomed two sons, Rob and Erik.
In May, 1997, Pieter, Jaqueline, and the boys settled in Innisfail, and along with Pieter’s parents, Gerrit and Nel, they started Yff Dairy. In 1998, Michael was born, completing the family. The whole family still farms there today with their herdsman Fred, who has worked proudly alongside them for over 20 years.
Pieter had an impact on everyone he met. With his sincere and natural, genuine character, he earned the respect of others with ease, and was polite to all who crossed his path. He was a warm hearted, kind man who never judged others and was quick to lend a helping hand.
It was with great passion and pride that Pieter served as a Director for the Board of Alberta Milk, and held several committee positions.
Pieter enjoyed the outdoors; many hikes were conquered, countless family ski trips taken. Bike rides, runs, triathlons, cross country skiing, even white water rafting and caving - he loved it all.
Pieter was the best of the best and will be deeply missed but lovingly remembered by his wife Jaqueline; his sons, Rob, Erik (Rael), and Michael; parents Gerrit and Nel; sisters, Ada (Marten) and Edith; and a great many friends.
A Celebration of Pieter’s life will be held at the Bowden Patterson Community Hall on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. “In lieu of flowers” donations can be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.
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    Saturday, January 12th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Saturday, January 12th, 2019 11:00am
    Bowden Community Hall
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    Bowden Community Hall


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Theo en Riet van Dam-Swifterbant

Posted at 06:04am
Dag Jagueline, kinderen Nel en Gerrit, In de krant lazen we het droeve bericht van Piet's overlijden; Wat een drama voor jullie allemaal. Wij wensen jullie veel kracht en weet dat we jullie niet vergeten zijn! Riet en Theo.


Posted at 01:20pm
Lieve familie IJff . Nog gecondoleerd met verlies van je man, jullie vader, zoon en broer. Wat een grote schok, was dit bericht. Nog veel te jong. Zie Piet nog voor mij als een goede springruiter. Organiseerde mooie schuurfeesten in onze buurt. Was een goede boer met veel liefde voor de fokkerij. Kan de grote stap naar Canada nog goed herinneren. Toch een dubbel gevoel, afscheid nemen begin van het jaar. Denk dan ook gelijk aan de gezellig oudjaarsavonden met jullie. Heel veel sterkte met het grote gemis. Groeten Ginette, Jack, Arno en Dorien Luteijn Dijkstra

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Posted at 07:13am
Familie Yff Wij wensen jullie heel veel sterkte toe met dit grote verlies Ria en Nico hazenbroek

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Posted at 09:17pm
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Cor-Jan Van't Veer

Posted at 02:02pm
Lieve Jaqueline, kinderen, tante Nel, ome Gerrit en Familie Gecondoleerd met het overlijden van Piet. Onvoorstelbaar......, zo plotseling uit het leven weggerukt. Wij wensen jullie sterkte en steun bij het verwerken van het verlies van jullie Piet en hopen dat jullie het een plaats kunnen geven. Liefs Mirjam, Cor-Jan en de kinderen.

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