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Enno Hoekstra

September 18, 1944 — December 15, 2015

On December 15, 2015, Enno Evert Hoekstra died peacefully, surrounded by his loving family at his home in Gravenhurst. Enno is deeply missed by his wife Marina, sons Davin (Tyler) and Arin (Samantha), his grandchildren Ember and Matthijs, his brother-in-law Peter Elzinga (Angela), his cousins Peter (Ellen) and Wiemer (Magda) Hoekstra, and a host of friends in Canada, the Netherlands, England, France, Australia and the USA. Enno was born in The Hague in The Netherlands on Sept. 18, 1944 to Ada & Evert Hoekstra. After attending College there and becoming a Mechanical Engineer, he immigrated to Canada in 1967 and in 1970 continued his education at the University of Toronto, becoming an Industrial Engineer and getting his MBA. In 1969 Enno met his soulmate, Marina and married her in Sarnia in 1970. They lived in Toronto, later moved to Mississauga, then Port Perry and in 2001 retired to their cottage in Gravenhurst on Sunny Lake, a property they always referred to as "paradise." At a young age Enno became an avid tennis player and excelled at it, and later on also at badminton. His competitive spirit was evident when playing ‘bridge', but he did enjoy the laughter and comradery of the card game ‘golf.' Enno, Marina & friends loved to venture deep into Algonquin Park, portaging, and appreciating the great outdoors. Camping was one of his favourite ways to vacation with his young family and groups of friends. Enno didn't let the 3 1/2 years of cancer stop him from enjoying life. He continued to plan trips to the Netherlands, France, and various places in the USA (esp. Missouri, California and Minnesota!) He loved his time on Sunny Lake, however, the adventure of travelling to new places lead him to the Caribbean, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and France. After retiring, Enno became a founding member of Probus in 2003, and joined Rotary in 2005, serving as President of both clubs. His willingness to help was recognized by Rotary, where he was honored with five Paul Harris awards. Enno also served as President of the Sunny Lake Cottage Association, as a representative for the Town of Gravenhurst on the Veridian Connections Advisory Committee, and on the executive of the Miatas of Muskoka car club. In 1969 Enno started working for Ontario Hydro at their Head Office in Toronto. From 1992 to 1999, he worked at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station in Bowmanville, and finished his career in 2001 with Hydro's Y2K Project. While he thoroughly enjoyed his career there and his volunteering at various associations and clubs, his greatest achievements were being a caring and loving husband and father. Family and friends meant everything to him! To all of you he would say, "Thank you for your Friendship!" A sincere "Thank You" goes to Dr. Ardyn Todd, Dr. Reid, ER staff, the CCAC nurses and the staff at RVH. In lieu of flowers, donations to the "Rotary Club of Gravenhurst" would be greatly appreciated. (P.O. Box 888, Gravenhurst, ON, P1P 1V2) "Enno's Farewell" will be held on December 27, 2015 in the Terry Fox Room at the Gravenhurst Centennial Centre, 101 Centennial Drive, Gravenhurst. Ont. P1P 1B7 Doors open at 2:00 p.m. Ceremonial Tributes start at 2:30 p.m.

Visitation Details

Sunday, December 27th, 2015 2:00pm, Terry Fox Room at the Gravenhurst Centennial Centre

Service Information

Sunday, December 27th, 2015 2:30pm, Terry Fox Room at the Gravenhurst Centennial Centre

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