John Van Wyk

John Van Wyk of Woodstock, Ontario, in his 54th year, passed away unexpectedly on Friday July 21, 2023.
John leaves behind his four, much-loved children, Reanne, Connor, Serena, and Emerson.
Missed and remembered by sisters Deb (Rob) Good, Diane (John) Murray, Monique Van Wyk, and his twin brother, Jerry Van Wyk (Kim Brown), and his many nieces and nephews.  Predeceased by his parents John Van Wyk (2008) and Joanne Van Wyk (2012).
John was a long-time member of the Oxford County dairy farming community. He grew up in a family of Master Breeders and was recently very proud to be recognized for "breeding an Excellent Cow in his own herd”.
A private family Celebration of John’s life will be held at a later date.
Memorial donations to the Woodstock Hospital Foundation are appreciated. Wareing Cremation Services, 225 Norwich Avenue, Woodstock, Ontario has been entrusted with Final Arrangements.
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  • Thoughts and prayers to the Van Wyk family from the De Kraauw family. John Jr. Will be missed greatly by myself and Jamie. We will remember him as a brave and confident young man from our youth, kind of like a brother, protector and kind hearted friend. Many prayers and best wishes to all. Bonnie De Kraauw Murphy.

    Bonnie De Kraauw Murphy
  • My condolences, wish I had of been there! Miss you pal 😚😔

    Charlie Dee
  • My condolences to all of Johns family!! As one of my little brothers best friends, I had the pleasure of watching John grow up and have many fond memories from school and the hilarious activities in the neighborhood. One of the funniest high school moments was when John asked me to coach him on how to ask out a girl for the first time. He was always there for his friends and he helped me out at a critical time in my life which I have always been grateful for. I know he had some struggles later in life and I truly hope he has found his peace. RIP Johnny…

  • Condolences to the family.
    RIP old friend, we’ll see you on the other side!
    Grad Bash is the best memory with John and Jerry!!

  • Rest in peace John. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Van Wyk family. Julie and Harry Ditmar.

    Julie and Harry Ditmar
  • So sorry to hear this news. Unfortunately, John had a difficult struggle for many years. He and I had some serious conversations during the past few years. I have better memories of the times we spent together when we were young. Hopefully he is now at peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

    Alan & Nathalie Dale
  • So very sorry to hear about John. My condolences to the family. I grew up with the family on Pattulo. I rode school bus with John and Jerry when they started at C.A.S.S. Joanne taught me 4H at the farm and Dianne you helped family when mom was sick last year. Many thoughts and prayers being sent to whole family!

    Leanne Rooke
  • I am so sorry for your families loss. John and I had some long talks in the last few years. My he rest peacefully now.

    Brent Lindsay
  • I have fond memories of the Van Wyks over my years at CASS. I remember John from my days at CASS.

    Paul Young
  • I was saddened by this devastating news. My deepest condolences to the entire VanWyk family!!!!

    Lisa Narancsik
  • To Jerry and family, our sincere condolences go out to you on your brother’s passing. We hope you find comfort in the lifetime of memories you shared together.
    Karen Barna and family

    Karen Barna
  • My deepest condolences to Johns’ family. He loved his kids from the bottom of his heart. He was very proud of his farm. Loved his “girls”! I will miss him.

  • I am so shocked and sad to hear this devastating news. Gone way too soon. Thinking of you all at this very difficult time. Hugs & Prayers Heather Roberts (Matthews) 🩷🥰

    Heather Roberts
  • On behalf of us personally and the entire Dortmans team, we send our thoughts and condolences to your entire family during this difficult time.

    Ben and Kim Willemse
  • Dear Debbie, Diane, Monique, Jerry and families.

    We are so shocked and sad that John passed away. Our deepest condolences.

    Albert and Alice Fleurkens

    Albert and Alice Fleurkens
  • Dear Reanne, Connor, Serena and Emerson. We are so sorry that your dad passed away. We have known your dad since he was 9 years old, when we moved across from the farm, and we always liked your dad.
    It makes us sad that he passed away. We are thinking about you all. Our sincerest condolences. Albert and Alice fleurkens.

    Albert and Alice fleurkens
  • I would really love if someone in the family could please reach out to me, it would sincerely mean a lot. Once again, my love and condolences

    Nicole Craig
  • RIP John, I’m going to miss all the good times we had. you’ll always be in my heart. My condolences to his family as I’ll never forget. Sending all of my love

    Nicole Craig
  • I’m very sorry to hear of your loss. My son in law Harvey MacDonald spoke so well of John and had many wonderful stories to tell about him. We were looking forward to visiting him in August. Sending prayers to the family.

    Evelyn Cassidy
  • My dear Reanne,Conner,Serena,and Emerson, sending my love and sincere condolences on the loss of your dad.❤️.I always will remember his smile and always coming out to the bus when he let me go in and pick you up at house.Always loved our short chats and giving you kids a hug before you got on bus.Sometimes we had to remind him to plow the driveway lol.Take care and remember all his love he had for you and the good times ❤️

    Sandy Eaton
  • To the VanWyk Family
    My sincere condolences on the passing of John. I got to know John while working at Yates, always had a nice chat with him about his family and of course the farm. My prayers are with you all.

    Chris Lessard
  • Our sympathy to John’s family at this sad time!

    Fred and Marsha Fallowfield
  • My deepest condolences to Jerry and his family. My thoughts are with you.

    Jennie Grevers
  • Our sincere condolences with the passing away of John. We have had many conversations with John…because we truly wanted the best for him. Jerry…pls reach out when you feel ready. Wish you all strength.

    Jacob and Bertha Van Laar & family
  • So sorry to learn of Johns passing. My condolences to the entire family. He will be missed.

    Frank Bodnar
  • John you will be missed my friend. Your laugh infectious, your kind heart will always be remembered. Heaven has gained another wonderful person. May you RIP, until we meet again.

    Brenda Nicholson
  • Sending so much love to the Van Wyk family ❤️

    Sarah Remple
  • Sending our sincere condolences in the passing of John, your father, brother, brother-in-law and uncle.
    Know that we are thinking and praying for you in this very difficult time.

    Simon and Shirley Vandendool
  • Dear Deb, Diane, Monique and Jerry,

    I am shocked and devastated to hear the news of John’s sudden passing! Please accept my heartfelt condolences for your sad loss. John was a hard worker and my dad was so pleased that he purchased the farm and carried on the Van Wyk farming tradition. May you be comforted by being surrounded by his four beautiful children. With love and sympathy, Lucya Van Wyk

    Lucya Van Wyk
  • Oh Diane! I am soooo very sorry to hear of the loss of your brother! 😢💔💔 Sending you the biggest hug and prayers my friend! May the many wonderful memories I know you have help you through this! Prayers for his little ones too! 🙏🙏 Love, Mary ❤️

    Mary Gosso

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