It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Andrew Anthony Tichelaar in his 55th year on May 11, 2021.
Cherished husband of Ann-Marie (nee O’Rourke) beloved father and best friend of son Jacob Andrew Tichelaar. He lived to show and share everything with Jacob. Whether it was family vacations travelling, ice hockey, golfing, all the ins & outs on fishing, gathering up the neighbourhood kids for a good game of road hockey. Listening and watching all of the classic songs and movies, or chilling out watching the History channel. His Mantra to his son, “Never Give Up”.
Pre-deceased by his parents Anthony and Peggy Tichelaar, father-in-law James O’Rourke, survived by his mother-in-law Joan O’Rourke, sisters-in-law’s Mary-Jean (Ron) and Sue (Brian).
He was a beloved Uncle to many nieces and nephews, Rocky, Justin (Amanda), Thomas (Emily), Grace, Austin, Preston, Nickelas as well as Chantelle (Justin), Nick (Patricia), Vanessa (Jason), Rebecca (Jon), Keelia (Craig), Sarah, and Adam.
It cannot go without mentioning the sorrow felt by his Tante Marge, cousins who were just like siblings, The Vanderkolff’s, Helen (Ken), Dianna (Roy), Yvonne (Paul), Paul (Lisa), Cathy (John), Denise (Tony), and Laurie (Erick).
Loved by Tante Will, Ome Pim, Ome Jan, Tante Bep as well as many close cousins in the Netherlands.
Andrew was known as an astute business man, his love of the outdoors, whether it was fishing, boating, skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, sports of all kinds, Sports Central has lost an avid viewer, and the Steelers have lost a #1 fan. He truly loved spending time in Temagami whether with his family or with friendships that were formed.
Andy was also a guys’ guy, he loved connecting with friends for a drink, conversation, or catching a game on the big screen. A huge loss to his best buddies and friends met along the way; “Man’s Friendships are one of the best measures of his worth” (Darwin)… to this I say he was a very wealthy man.
Cremation has taken place. A Mass will be Celebrated at Holy Spirit Church as soon as time and restrictions permit. In lieu of flowers, if desired donations may be made in Andy’s memory to the RVH Foundation, Barrie. Online condolences and memories may be made at www.peacefultransition.ca
We love him, we miss him already, rest in peace.
Peaceful Transition Simcoe