Our beloved Dad and Opa passed away on November 30th, 2017 following a brief illness, five days short of his 86th birthday. Born in Limburg, Netherlands on December 5, 1931, he married his sweetheart Katharina (Toos) in 1954 and immigrated to Canada three years later.

He leaves us to join our precious Mom and Oma, who passed away in March 2006. He will be forever remembered by his children, Tony (Leanne), Gerald (Lisa), Monique (Martin) Cain; grandchildren, Jennifer, James (Erin), Jane, Andrew (Denise), Madelyn (Jayden); and great-grandchildren, Addyson and Ethan. Family in the Netherlands and Canada, dear Dutch friends, good neighbours and his dog Chuckie will miss him greatly.

Friends and family will gather at Holland House, 733 Vanalman Avenue, Victoria, on Saturday, January 20th, 2018 at 1:00 pm to remember Theo.

A special thank you to Bayshore Home Health for their exceptional care.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Victoria Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens


  • Andre en Indu
    January 9, 2018

    Theo was my uncle, being the oldest brother of my late mother. I always enjoyed his company, when I was in Canada, or here in Holland, or on our way through France, watching the “Tour de France” with a kind of self built camper. I admired his way of looking at things, a kind of “no nonsense” spirit, being concerned without “overkilling” and his free way of speaking about his life and the final chapter, during our last visit in August 2017. What a courage he had to emigrate to Canada in those years, without any knowledge of English, a fixed job, money or any other certainties, other than the love for his Toos and the idea that they would manage! They really did, and they created for their children the opportunity to build their own lives in Canada. They lost a great (grand)father, and surely they will miss him a lot.
    Andre van den Enden

  • Sheila Rowand
    December 28, 2017

    To the family of Theo Kersten:

    It is with very fond memories that I read the obituary of your father —

    I first met Theo during our first week of residence in Victoria: August, 1973.
    We had moved from Regina and I came a few months before my husband was able to be here permanently as we had children to enrol in school.
    I was busy painting a bedroom [386 Newport Ave.] , taking advantage of my husband’s absence so that he could not interfere with my decisions,
    when our doorbell rang — our good fortune in connecting with your father. He had worked at this address for a former owner and was beginning
    his own business and calling on his former customers. Since that date until his retirement, we were able to proudly display his decorating.

    In 1991, we moved into our new home [432 Newport] which was constructed in our backyard — in the days of large lots. He decorated all and we were especially proud of our dining room —
    beautifully done and was unchanged when I vacated the home and move into retirement living earlier this year.

    John and I so enjoyed the friendship of your father — a fine gentleman. We accepted an invitation to their home [Goldstream, if I recall correctly], and enjoyed a memorable visit with your mother and father and
    were able to view his talented art work. He occasionally dropped by for a visit and we did so enjoy his company. When he last visited, my husband’s long journey with dementia had begun, but he would never forget Theo.

    John died in November of last year —— and I have such pleasant memories of life together in our two Victoria homes —— and good friends like your Dad.
    You were blessed with special parents.

    My condolences to you at this time—


    Sheila Rowand.

  • Monique en Pol Paas-Van den Enden
    December 19, 2017

    Dear Tony, Gerald, Monique and family,
    We are sorry for your loss. We will keep ome Theo and tante Toos forever in our minds.
    Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
    Kind regards, Ome Johan, Monique, Pol and Pol’s parents, Judith, Marion and Joep

  • Resi van der Mark en familie
    December 14, 2017

    Lieve Tony, Gerald, Monique en familie,

    Gecondoleerd met het overlijden van jullie vader en grootvader. Wij wensen jullie heel veel sterkte in deze moeilijke tijd. In gedachten zijn wij bij jullie.

  • Elly Gilchrist
    December 10, 2017

    Saddened to hear of your father’s passing. We enjoyed a warm friendship with your parents for many years. My thoughts are with you and your families at this difficult time.

    Jeannie Peeters and family

  • Gerry Cheng
    December 8, 2017

    I will miss seeing Theo and Chuckie on their walk about.

  • peggy kerssemeeckers
    December 8, 2017

    Veel sterkte allemaal met het verlies van, voor mij, Ome Theo! Ook namens mijn man en kinderen.

  • Ruth Ferne
    December 7, 2017

    I will miss Theo as a friend and neighbour at Braefoot Place. I will always remember his wonderful sense of humour.

    With caring thoughts

  • Catherine McDonald and all at Braefoot Place
    December 7, 2017

    Theo will be dearly missed by all his neighbours at Braefoot Place – his cheer was truly woven in the fabric of our little community.

  • Belinda Brunnenkant (van der mark) and family
    December 7, 2017

    We are so sorry to here of your Dads illness and passing.
    We have many fond memories of your Dad and Mom and of course you alll growing up and it is hard to see them pass.
    We will keep you in our thoughts and send our deepest condolences.
    Take care

  • frances Joan peffers
    December 7, 2017

    I am so sorry for your loss. Your father was a very kind hearted , loving and caring person. I worked with him for a short time with Bayshore home health. I know he loved and cared for his family emensly. Frances Peffers

  • Ger en Monika Kersten
    December 7, 2017

    Lieve kinderen, klein- en achterkleinkinderen,

    Wat zeggen woorden als je machteloos en
    met veel verdriet iemand moet laten gaan.
    Naar een plek hier ver vandaan,
    waarvan wij niet weten hoe het is
    en andere zeggen dat het beter is.
    Afscheid moeten nemen is niet fijn
    en doet veel pijn,
    maar bedenk achter elke traan schuilt een glimlach van herinneringen.
    Wij hopen dat deze woorden voor jullie enige troost bieden bij het verlies van Theo.

    In gedachte bij jullie Monika en Ger
    Ook namens Truus Kohnen-Kersten

  • Ger en Mien
    December 7, 2017

    Wij wensen jullie heel veel sterkte in deze moelijke tijd

  • Betty and Keith
    December 6, 2017

    Sorry for your loss, our thoughts are with you at this time.

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