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James Engel (Jim) Brouwer

BROUWER, James Engel (Jim) - On Thursday, February 14, 2019 at the age of 82, Jim Brouwer passed away with family singing at his side. He truly lived his life to the glory of God. The son of the late Berend "Bert" and Hendrikje "Henny" (nee Leffers) Brouwer, Jim immigrated from The Netherlands with his parents and siblings and made his life in Chatham. He married Teny Dekker and together they raised their five children on the family farm. A farmer whose love and passion extended beyond fields and livestock, Jim deeply valued his family, church and community. Jim served faithfully on boards and committees. He was passionate about Christian education, welcomed strangers and took an interest in people from all walks of life. Beloved husband of Teny (Dekker) Brouwer of Chatham. Loving father of Teresa and Lawrence Howe of Hanilton, Arthur and Marsha Brouwer of Chatham, Joyce and Carl Banninga of Dorchester, Bertina and Eric Hogeterp of Ottawa and Irene and Jeff Janssen of Chilliwack. Sadly missed by 20 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren. Dear brother of Harry and Helen Brouwer, Ann and Jim Dieleman, Joanne and the late Harry DeVries, Henry and Jane Brouwer, John and Kathy Brouwer and Rhea and the late Jake Van Breda. Fondly remembered by many in-laws, nieces and nephews. Predeceased by a sister, Jannie. The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home, 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham, ON, on Sunday, February 17, 2019 from 2-5 p.m. A graveside interment will be held in Maple Leaf Cemetery on Monday, February 18, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. The Funeral Service will take place on Monday, February 18, 2019 at 11 a.m., at Calvary Christian Reformed Church, 34 Victoria Ave., Chatham, ON, with Pastor Norman Visser, officiating. Donations made in memory of Jim to the Canadian Foodgrains Bank, World Renew or the Chatham Christian School would be appreciated. Online condolences may be left at www.mckinlayfuneralhome.com McKINLAY FUNERAL HOME 459 St. Clair Street, Chatham 519-351-2040 13326502
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Posted by Sean britton (Barber) On Wednesday, February 20, 2019
So sorry to hear of his passing he was a real gentleman.
Our condolences
Posted by Bill Weaver (friend) On Tuesday, February 19, 2019
I was saddened to hear of Jim's passing. He was always a pleasure to visit with, whether it was about farming or the important events of the day.We hope that all the positive memories that Jim has left behind will provide comfort to the family.
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Posted by Gary & Gerda Heyink (Friend) On Sunday, February 17, 2019
Our condolences to you and the family in the passing off Jim, wish we could be there, but we are in Florida. Our prayers are with you at this difficult time.
Best wishes Brouwer family
Posted by Jack Grin (nephew) On Saturday, February 16, 2019
My sincere condolences to my aunt Teny and children/spouses/grandchildren with the passing of Jim. I have such vivid memories of Jim taking my 5-year-old big city son onto the farm tractor, making as if his great-nephew was the actual driver, probably the biggest thrill of his life up till then.
Your in our thoughts and prayers,
Posted by Rita and Tim Horneman (Friends) On Saturday, February 16, 2019
Dear Teny and extended Brouwer family, we are praying for you that God will give you all His comfort in these sad days ahead..

Tim has good memories of Jim ‘s visits to our home and also sends his condolences.


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