John Gerard Van de Pol

10/05/1955 - 02/02/2024


Obituary For John Gerard Van de Pol

May 10, 1955 – February 2, 2024

It is with great sadness that we announce the sudden passing of John Gerard Van de Pol, an amazing husband, father and friend on February 2, 2024.

John attended St. Clements Elementary School and St. Joseph High School. He worked at the Grande Prairie Booster, the meat packers and settled at Weyerhaeuser where he worked for 45 years before retiring in 2020. John had an amazing sense of self. He knew who he was, and he never tried to be anyone else; he had a great sense of humor which he passed down to his children.

John was an amazing man with a heart of gold who loved fishing, tying flies, and One Island Lake was his favorite spot. He loved to golf and spent as much time on the course and loved to have family and friends join him upon his retirement. He loved to talk to his sisters and brother and argue over facts from the past and he was always right! The Montreal Canadians (The Habs) was his favourite hockey team and he loved to watch all of the games and was so excited to go to Montreal with his son, Taylor to enjoy a game.

He loved all kinds of music and if you were ever not sure what song was playing, John knew and his love for music was something he shared with his children.

John’s friends and family could not have loved him more and a huge hole will be felt by all of us. He was loved and will be truly missed.

You changed our lives in so many ways, Johnny. We love you.

John is survived by his loving wife, Shelley and their children, Toni Lasell (Greg), Kane Bruce, Teresa Van de Pol and Jeni Bruce. He has left behind eighteen grandchildren: Sira, Tyra, Ethan, Shania, Kael, Torin, Shane, Zachary, Connor, Tanner, Xander, Haley, Mackenzie, Sawyer, Rylie, Ryder, and Easton. He also leaves great grandchildren Madison, Emery and Rowen, his sister, Francisca (Rob) Kelham, brother Rick (Deb) Van de Pol, sister Elly (Lorne) Tardiff, as well as brothers-in-law Dave (Denise) Bruce, Chad Olson and sisters-in-law Sari (Mike) Bilodeau who was like a daughter to John, and Ruth Barnes. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews and cousins as well as many dear friends.

He was predeceased by his much loved son and best friend, Taylor Van de Pol, his beloved grandson Drake Bruce and his loving parents, Johanna and Marius Van de Pol.

A Gathering of close friends and family will be held on Sunday February18, 2024 at 11am-2pm at Bear Creek Funeral Home, 11802 99 Avenue, Grande Prairie in Prairie Hall.

Donations in memory of John maybe made to the Canadian Cancer Society, Heart and Stroke Fund or to a charity of your choice.

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780 830 7742

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  • 29/02/2024

    I miss you, dad. I cannot wrap my mind around the fact that you aren't here with only comfort is that you're somewhere with Taylor and watching over us all. I love you dad

  • 17/02/2024

    Rest in peace John and Taylor... you will be missed.

  • 16/02/2024

    It is truly devastating to lose John especially so soon after Taylor, I am so very sorry for your loss. I have so many memories of when I was little and John teaching me how to fish - I still remember how to hold my tongue 🙂 - and other really grown up things. I knew nothing but patience and caring from him. I have so much heartbreak for you and everyone in the family for his loss 🙁

  • 11/02/2024

    Dear Shelley and family. When I first met John at Weyerhaeuser, he told me he worked at the packing plant with my brother, and that things had come full circle when I started down at the mill. I always enjoyed working with John, and of course, enjoyed his great sense of humour. Please accept my heartfelt sympathy. Sincerely, Lorna Nordhagen

  • 09/02/2024

    Shelly & family, So sorry to hear of your loss.We love you and are here for you anytime. Be strong dear friend.

  • 09/02/2024

    Shelley and family, so sorry to hear of your loss. I cannot imagine the pain. Sending you my sympathy. Sheila (Skage) Brookes

  • 09/02/2024

    It's so sorry to hear this Shelley and family. May your warm memories bring you comfort during this sad time. Hugs...Janet

  • 09/02/2024

    Dear Shelley and family, May John's legacy of love and strength comfort you all in your moments of grief ❤️ love to all

  • 08/02/2024

    John was a long time coworker and great guy condolences to family

  • 08/02/2024

    Our condolences for your loss. John was such a caring man . Always stopped to talk whether it was at the hockey rink or dental Office . My heart breaks for you. Todd and Sheila Smith

  • 08/02/2024

    Fran, thinking of you, Rob and your family at this time. May you cherish the forever memories you have of John in your hearts. Take care Jim Baker

  • 08/02/2024

    Shelley, I am so sorry to hear that John and your son passed away. Although I didn,t know your son Ihad and have been friends with you and John probably since we were in our early teens and it really hit home for me just as it did when Carol passed away. It is all to soon. Please let me know if there is anything you need. Your friend Doug Nelson

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