John Holierhoek

Obituary of John Holierhoek

Holierhoek, John - It is with profound sadness that John’s family share his passing on Tuesday, November 28th in his 91st year. He will be greatly missed by his loving children; Alodia (Joerg), Hubert, Fred (Susan) and Adrienne (D’Arcy); grandchildren Aurelia, Kara, Joshua, Riley, Colin and Evan; siblings; Sienie van Oosten, Simon (Agnes) Holierhoek, Coby (Matt) Huibers, Anna Poyton, Hubert Holierhoek, Cornie (Linda) Holierhoek, and Adrian (Jayne) Holierhoek. John is predeceased by his wife, Leny Holierhoek; his parents, Adrianna and Hubert Holierhoek; siblings, Nick (Gerry) Holierhoek, Wilhelmina (Peter) Douma, Hank (Joan) Holierhoek, and brothers-in-law, Bill van Oosten and Jim Poyton. John is also much loved by his dear friend Colleen Hayes and the extended Hayes family. 


John immigrated to Canada from the Netherlands with his family 70 years ago, an event that was celebrated this spring by the extended Holierhoek Family. He was a gentle and patient dad/papa, husband, Opa/Grandpa and brother who brought lightness and humour to everything he did. John was passionate about music and spent much of his life in Niagara active in choirs and music organizations, including Garden City Productions, Chorus Niagara, and St. Mary’s Church, where he served as the Music Director until 1992. 


Memorial remembrances to The Chorus Niagara Children’s Choir would be appreciated by the family.


In keeping with the family’s wishes, funeral arrangements have been entrusted with the GEORGE DARTE FUNERAL HOME, 585 Carlton St., St. Catharines. The family wish to invite friends and family for a time of visitation on Saturday, December 2nd 2023 from 7:00-9:00pm and Sunday, December 3rd 2023 from 2:00pm-4:00pm with prayers at 3:00pm. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Alfred’s Church, 272 Vine St., St. Catharines on Monday, December 4th 2023 at 3:00PM with cremation to follow.




Evening Visitation

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday, December 2, 2023
George Darte Funeral Home
585 Carlton Street
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Afternoon Visitation with Prayers

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Sunday, December 3, 2023
George Darte Funeral Home
585 Carlton Street
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

Funeral Mass

3:00 pm
Monday, December 4, 2023
St. Alfred Roman Catholic Church
272 Vine Street
St. Catharines , Ontario, Canada
(905) 934-9703


11:00 am
Friday, December 8, 2023
Victoria Lawn Cemetery
431 Queenston Street
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
(905) 682-5311
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