Harm “Hank” Hendrick Devries

December 3, 1929 - June 30, 2024

Funeral Details:

Passed away peacefully on June 30th, 2024, at the age of 94 years. Hank was born in Amsterdam, Holland. Beloved husband of the late Maria “Ria” of 68 years. He was a loving brother to Diane (Jack), and to sister-in-law  Antonia “Toni” (Gord). He was loved by his nephews and nieces, Bob, Mary-Anne, Jerry, Ron, and Quinton. Hank immigrated to Canada at the age of 24, embarking on a new life with strength and courage. Hank settled in Nobleton where he and his wife Ria built their very first home together. They later moved to Newmarket then Midhurst to live near their family and eventually retired in Barrie. Hank was a very skilled tradesman in tile work and building 4 homes for Ria and himself, including the design and blue printing. Hank in his later years worked in maintenance at a home for children for several years. Hank and Ria loved travelling in their RV throughout North America, leisurely seeing places at their own pace. Hank loved to bake and cook, including traditional Dutch dishes.

Hank also kept busy reading many detective novels and watching movies, He also had a great love for building very detailed plastic cars and truck models and setting up train sets in the past. He was very supportive of Ria’s sewing hobby at the same time. Hank also had a love of dogs which included his beloved Sheba and Misty. A private cremation has taken place. Funeral Arrangements entrusted to Peaceful Transition.


4 Condolences
  • Caitlin M
    Posted on: Wednesday, July 10, 2024 Reply

    I had the pleasure of assisting both Hank and Maria with every day living, I was one of their PSW’s.
    I looked forward to seeing them every day, such a loving couple.
    Sad they both had to go- happy to know they are together again.

  • Hans Petrie
    Posted on: Wednesday, July 10, 2024 Reply

    Henk rust in vrede.
    Neem wel een biertje en een haring in nagedachtenis.
    Hans en Els Amstelveen Nederland

  • Beth Akehurst
    Posted on: Wednesday, July 10, 2024 Reply

    So sorry for your loss! Hugs to all!

  • Marianne Zwaan-Petrie
    Posted on: Thursday, July 11, 2024 Reply

    Lieve Henk wat zal ik je telefoontjes missen. We hadden altijd reuze lol. Graag hoorde je de verhalen over je familie in Nederland. Je was altijd dankbaar als ik naar het graf van je ouders was geweest. Lieverd rust zacht.

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