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February 20, 2020

Antoon “Tony” Johan Kloosterboer of Kincardine died peacefully at the South Bruce Grey Health Centre, Kincardine, Feb. 20, 2020, in his 100th year. Beloved husband of the late Hendrika “Hentje” Kloosterboer (nee Brummelman - 2012). Dear father of Dinie Kloosterboer (Blaine Belecki) of Cobble Hill, B.C.; John (Mary) Kloosterboer of Kincardine; Alice Kloosterboer (Greg Harms) of Vancouver, B.C.; and Don Kloosterboer (Nancy Rutledge) of Port Albert. Sadly missed by his grandchildren, Katie Kloosterboer (Darrin Swarts), Adrian, Simon and Gavin Harms, Jamie Kloosterboer (Amanda Knight), Mike Kloosterboer (Caitlin Agnew-Kloosterboer), and Shelley Kloosterboer; and great-grandchildren, Lexi, Addy, Ellie, Gus, and Ben. Fondly remembered by his former daughter-in-law, Sue Kloosterboer of Kincardine, and his many Canadian and Dutch friends. Tony was man of the land his whole life. He was born in the Netherlands in 1920 on a farm near Almen and raised with three brothers. He continued to work his parents’ farm after marrying Hentje in 1951, and in 1954, he pursued his dream and immigrated to the New World with Hentje, their one-year-old daughter, Dinie, and just $500 in cash. Crates of household goods followed by slow boat. Tony and Hentje became successful dairy farmers in Bruce County - quick to adopt modern farming technology, installing a milk pipeline, field drainage, a stable cleaner and more. With Hentje, he enjoyed Ontario camping trips, card parties with his Dutch friends, and winters in Florida. Into his mid-90s, Tony rode his bike throughout the countryside checking out the land and the crops. Until, his last week, there was never a conversation without mention of the weather. A celebration of Tony’s life will take place Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, from 3-5 p.m., at Trillium Court Seniors' Community, 555 Philip Place, Kincardine. Due to a blizzard in the Kincardine area Friday, the celebration of life has been postponed to Sunday, March 1, 2020, from 3-5 p.m., at Trillium Court. Memorial donations to the Kincardine Trails (Kincardine to Inverhuron Provincial Park), Huron Shores Hospice, Kincardine and Community Health Care Foundation, or a charity of your choice, would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.