Albert George Vandendorpe, 1931 - 2015
With love and great sadness in our hearts, we announce the passing of our beloved dad, grandfather and greatgrandfather Albert Vandendorpe.
Albert passed away May 1, 2015 at the Deloraine Health Centre with his children and dear friend by his bedside.
Albert leaves behind to cherish his memory, his chosen family Judy (Gary) Sanheim of Stony Mountain, Ron (Brenda) Vanmackelbergh of Melita, Linda (Barry) Hartel of Deloraine, Kathy (Don) Ginter of Morden, Gerry (Wendy) Vanmackelbergh of Medora, 11 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by siblings Alice LeRoux, Dorothy (Cliff) Truscott, Irene Mosset; inlaws
Hilda (Harry) Teetaert, Alice Voth, Maurice (Louise) Dekeyser, Bill Dekeyser; and special friend Joan VanMackelberg and her family.
Albert left special memories with many nieces and nephews as well. He was predeceased by his loving wife Herta, grandson Bradley, parents Gerard and Madeline, brother Norman and his wife Yvonne, in-laws Rene LeRoux, Henry Voth and Ilene Dekeyser.
Albert was the eldest of 5 children and was raised on the family farm in the RM of Winchester.
In 1968, he married Herta Vanmackelbergh and suddenly found himself a Dad to her 5 teen-aged children. Dad was a hard working man who always provided for his family first. Albert had many interests throughout his life that resulted in him meeting many new people and creating many great and lasting friendships. After his well earned retirement Dad became a frequent passenger on various bus tours. One could often find him fully engrossed working on a jigsaw puzzle. He loved to play cards and often frequented the Legion Club and Mountview Centre. Fishing and hunting were passions of his and took up much of his leisure time. The Game and Fish Association held a special spot in his heart and he devoted many hours to it. He was a dedicated community supporter and aided the operation and improvement of local organizations in any way he could.
Albert will be missed greatly by his family and friends. We, his family, were very fortunate to have had such a kind and loving father and friend.
A public graveside service was held May 7, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. at Deloraine Catholic Cemetery with Father Paul Bisson officiating. If friends so desire, donations may be made in memory of Albert to the Deloraine Ambulance Fund, c/o Deloraine Health Centre, Box 447, Deloraine, MB R0M 0M0 or to a charity of your choice.