Obituary of Anthony "Tony" Smeenk
Peacefully surrounded by family at his residence on Thursday, September 21, 2023, Anthony Hendrikus "Tony" Smeenk, age 83, of Chatham, beloved husband of Mary (Heethaar) Smeenk. Born in Haarle, Holland in 1939, son of the late Antonia (Spoolder) and Hendrikus Smeenk.
Loving father of Rick (Nicole Baggs) Smeenk, Anita (Jim) O’Brien, Jeannie (Chris) Ripley and Karen (Blake) Vince. Opa will be sadly missed by 9 grandchildren, Connor (Nicole) and Griffin Smeenk, Morgan, Finley and Patrick O'Brien, Owen and Leah Ripley, Cora and Elliott Vince, and 1 great grandchild, Violet Smeenk. Dear brother of Sr. Mirjam and Doortje.
Predeceased by daughter-in-law, Candiss Smeenk (2021), and granddaughter, Anna O'Brien (1996) and by 2 sisters, Sr. Annie and Riek, and 3 brothers, Gerry, Johan and Ted.
Tony was a humble man with many talents, hobbies and interests. He was a devoted husband and father who prioritized family and friends. Tony enjoyed visiting Holland, gardening, his many pets, playing cards and celebrating many milestones with a good party. Tony's carpentry and wood working skills can be seen in the house he built, and in the many keepsakes he created for family. True to his nature, Tony gracefully met the health challenges that life presented in his last 7 years with Mary constantly at his side.
Many thanks to the excellent caregivers who supported Tony over the last few years.
Friends and relatives may visit at Hinnegan-Peseski Funeral Home, 156 William St. S. Chatham (519-352-5120) on Monday September 25, 2023 from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM and 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday September 26, 2023 at 10:00 AM at St. Ursula's Church (livestream).
Burial will be in St. Anthony's Cemetery.
Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Parkinson’s Society would be appreciated.