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Jacob Fredrik Gehrels

October 30, 1934 ~ March 20, 2022 (age 87)



Jacob Fredrik Gehrels

 October 30, 1934 - March 20, 2022

“My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:2

GEHRELS, (Jack) Jacob Fredrik  passed away peacefully at home at the age of 87.  Jack was born and raised on a farm in the Netherlands. Living there through the difficult times of the depression and WW2 formed him into the resilient, and innovative person he was. Jack immigrated to Canada at the age of 18, and married Lenie in Toronto in 1958. They had 5 children whom they loved dearly. Together they built a life that centered on family, community and church. As a devout Christian, Jack demonstrated his faith through his passionate volunteer work supporting missionaries, refugees and other benevolent causes. Jack built a successful career as an engineer. He started out working in television and radio repair, but then quickly moved into Research and Development in electronics. As a gifted problem-solver who loved figuring out how things worked, he could fix almost anything he tackled. He travelled the world, and became well known and deeply respected in his industry.  Deeply missed by his wife Lenie, his daughters Angela and husband Karl, and Betty-Ann and husband Evan. Predeceased by his children Ken, Jim and Corrine, and grandson Mark. Jack will be deeply missed by his daughters-in-law Sharon and Lynda, and his son-in-law Bill. Forever cherished by 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

Mask wearing is encouraged by the family during the visitation and church service.

For those unable to attend, the funeral service will be livestreamed; see the link below.


March 24, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Jennett Memorial Centre, Bradford Street, Barrie

Funeral Service
March 25, 2022

11:00 AM
Barrie First Christian Reformed Church
33 Shirley Avenue
Barrie, ON L4M1M8

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