It’s with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Andy on Saturday January 9, 2021 at Guelph General Hospital, in his 66th year. Beloved Husband and best friend of Mary (nee Reidy) for 42 years. Loving father of Angela Bokma (Jourdain Durrant), Ryan Bokma (Brandi Bellenie), Ashley Bokma-Norman, Laura Bokma (David James). He held a very special place in the hearts of his grandchildren Jaiden and Daxon Bokma and Elle and Jude Norman; who affectionately knew him as “Grando”. He was the cherished brother of Klaas Bokma (Anne), Eke Schweitzer (Bill), and Mikey Dobbs (Randy). Predeceased by his brother John. Dear Brother-in-law of Michael Reidy (Linda), Ruth Morden (Bruce), and Bill Reidy (Diane). Caring uncle to many nieces and nephews.
Born in the Netherlands, he immigrated to Canada at a young age. He always maintained pride in his Dutch heritage. Andy lived his life for his family and cherished every moment. He was a well-respected entrepreneur with a passion for customer service in the coffee industry. A master conversationalist, he had a special ability to engage with people from all walks of life, hoping to brighten their day.
He had a vibrant and fascinating life. He embodied the phrase “living life to its fullest”. He was an avid aerial enthusiast who enjoyed hang gliding, sky diving, and flying. He obtained his private pilots license at the age of 25 and built his own bi-plane shortly after. Full of adventure, he also enjoyed scuba diving and racing stock cars in his younger years. Upon his retirement, he was especially passionate about lovingly restoring his vintage “Roadtrek” RV. He, along with Mary as his co-pilot, would set out to embrace new cultures and travel experiences. He always joked, “If you don’t own one, you’ll never understand”.
He also became an environmental advocate, passionate about “saving the bees”. Studying courses in Apiculture at the University of Guelph, he believed in the preservation of the vital role honeybees play in ecosystem sustainability.
You will never be forgotten, and are forever in our hearts. You’ve got another set of wings now, soar like an eagle!
We wish to thank Guelph General Hospital for their compassionate and professional care. A private family service was held at Gilbert MacIntyre and Sons Funeral Home in Guelph. When it is safe to do so, a celebration of Andy’s life will be held at a later date. Condolences will be received at https://www.gilbertmacintyreandson.com/
A slide show celebrating the life of Andy can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slyNo-WkBW0
As expressions of sympathy, donations to the University of Guelph Honey Bee Research Centre, would be appreciated by the family. Donations can be made at: https://honeybee.uoguelph.ca/donate/