Harry Vanderhoek


 May 24, 1960 - August 1, 2023 

Harry put up a strong fight after suffering a heart attack and subsequent complications. We had to say goodbye to Harry Christopher Vanderhoek on Tuesday August 1, 2023, at London University Hospital. 

Loving father and best friend to Alana (Nick) Krzysztofik and devoted “Poppa H” to granddaughters Brielle and Cecilia.  Harry is lovingly remembered by spouse Anna Marie Vanderhoek (Duronio) and his sisters, Karen and Patricia.  Harry is survived by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, cousins, and numerous friends who are left to mourn this great loss.  Predeceased by his parents, Harry Vanderhoek Sr. and Helen Vanderhoek (Munro).

Harry dedicated his life to BDI, where he built many lasting friendships over the span of over 40 years. He will be missed by his clients and many colleagues. Anyone who knew Harry, knew he was always up for a good time. He loved spending time with his friends in the outdoors; cottaging, ice-fishing, and golfing.  He had a passion for all things astronomy and loved spending evenings admiring the moon and the stars.  Harry spent many summers at Balm Beach living the cottage life, with family and friends. Balm Beach will be his final resting place, so that he can keep the good times rolling! 

A celebration of life to honour Harry will be held on Saturday, August 12, 2023, from 1 to 4 p.m., at the Charles Dickens Pub in Woodstock, Ontario where he spent countless hours enjoying great company and of course, plenty of beers!  Cheers to a life well lived Harry!  Enjoy the heavenly golf courses, rock concerts, and unlimited PBR Lights. We will miss you and love you forever.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made to The Heart & Stroke Foundation. 

“So long my friend, until we meet again.  I’ll remember you and all the times that we used to sit right here on the edge of this pier and watch the sunset disappear and drink a beer.” - Luke Bryan

Wareing Cremation Services, 225 Norwich Avenue, Woodstock, Ontario has been entrusted with Final Arrangements.  Your messages of remembrance and condolence can be shared here at wareingcremation.ca

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  • Way too soon my friend :(
    Thanks for a ton of great memories from PMC, Stoneboats, Lake Dalrymple, to our time working together in Cambridge – you will be missed (Jeff & Anna)

    Jeff Meneghini
  • Alana,

    So very sorry to learn of your father’s passing. It is truly a loss for you as I know you were close. Our heartfelt condolences for you, Nick, and the girls.


    Stephen Bailey
  • RIP my dear friend, you will be dearly missed.

    Wendy St.Michel - Willett
  • My sincere condolences to Harry’s family. I have wonderful childhood memories growing up with Harry . He will be so missed by us all .
    Gone too soon !
    Martin Horner

    Martin Horner
  • A great great fellow. Was such a fun guy. Our indy has lost another great person

    Howard Hall
  • Harry was one of the good ones…will be missed for sure!!

    John Kelly
  • I grieve with you the loss of a man I have never met and yet, he raised an amazing daughter who often talked about him with love and admiration. Such man commands respect.

    Valérie Beddoe
  • We’re gonna miss you Harry, never forget you. After 50 years of friendship, we’ll miss your little chuckle and smile, have a good time on the other side and we’ll do the same each time we’re thinking of you! Cheers 🍻

    Gord & Sandra Ide
  • I will miss your beautiful smile and the laughter you brought to my life. Thank you for the dances and the many conversations we shared. Save a dance for me! Until we meet again my friend. RIP

    Mary Green
  • I remember you Harry as a teenager chumming with my son, John Whale,always having fun. You will be sadly missed by all your family and friends.

    Eileen Tremills
  • Harry, so many funny stories, so many years of friendship. I will miss our chats, our laughs, our selfies, we had so many great times. Songs I hear on the radio, will always remind me of you.
    One last night cap, one more ear worm, wish we had time for those
    Cheers to you for living life the way you wanted to, and thanks for taking us along for part of the ride. Luvs ya, Lisa

    Lisa Greenwood
  • Harry’s passing was a true shocker to our family. We will miss his jokes and laughter and his positive spirit. Condolences to all who loved him. He will always be remembered by our family. 💔

    Betty & John Winpenny (Bingham)
  • My sympathy to you Anna and Alana and your family on Harry’s passing. Cherish all the memories that you and Harry made together. Corinne

    Corinne Scott
  • Harry you will forever be missed and never forgotten. You always made everyone smile and laugh and as much as you pretend to not want to hear my stories by walking away I knew you still loved it when I kept following you to keep telling it and after every story I told you would always say “Good story Carm good one” lol Harry I really want to thank you for always being there for me you were not only the best boss I ever had but the greatest friend to everyone that knew you!!!!

    Love ya my friend ❤️


  • Harry,
    You were my first and last boss at BDI not only were you an awesome boss, great listener, and most importantly a truly good friend. You will will be missed but never forgotten. Gerry and I will continue to talk and share your stories with our friends and family to keep you alive in our memories. We will miss those late night FaceTime calls with Shirley celebrating with drinks together during COVID and after.
    We love you 😘 and will truly miss you Always and Forever
    P. S.
    You will be remembered every time we hear “Wish you were Here” by Pink Floyd. I’m sure one of us will try to call you as we always did when we heard it come on.
    Love you xoxo
    Gerry Benoit & Sylvia Tassielli

    Sylvia Tassielli

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