Herman “Butch” Ploeg

December 10, 1059 - May 8, 2022

Funeral Details:

We are saddened to announce the passing of Herman (Butch) Ploeg at the age of 62. He lost his fight with pancreatic cancer May 8, 2022 while receiving care at North York General Hospital. Herman was born in Manitoba to Gysbertha and Hermanus Ploeg on December 10th, 1959. Approximately one year later, the family moved to the Simcoe County area.

Herman grew up with his late sister Jane Van Vugt and brother Tom Ploeg. Herman’s interests included reading, biking, cross country skiing, wood working, cooking, nature, and computers. Herman graduated from high school in Elmvale, completed his post secondary education at the University of Guelph, and went to Georgian College when he considered a career change in the late 1990’s. For most of his career, he worked for the Ministry of Environment as a Pesticide Officer for the GTA and the Simcoe County area.

Herman leaves behind his wife Janet Ma with her son Edward Liu and daughter Eva Liu, sons Jacob Ploeg and Case Ploeg, brother Tom Ploeg, and brother-in-law Hank Van Vugt. His wife Janet was loved and was alongside Herman during his illness and helped him through the tough times. Jacob and Case knew they were loved and had a healthy relationship with their father. Fond memories were shared between the sons and father by building Lego, biking on the local trails, driving through the countryside, enjoying nature, and talking about current events. Herman taught his sons how to be good students and influenced them greatly in their own personal lives.

Herman was an honest and caring person who liked to live a simple life in his bubble of family and friends.

May he rest in peace.


14 Condolences
  • Ria en Hans van Lambalgen
    Posted on: Friday, May 13, 2022 Reply

    Condoleances on the loss of

  • Hetty Jansen Ploeg
    Posted on: Friday, May 13, 2022 Reply

    Wish you all strength and power to carry this big sadness!

  • Thomas ploeg
    Posted on: Friday, May 13, 2022 Reply

    In your hands, O Lord,
    we humbly entrust our brothers and sisters.
    In this life you embraced them with your tender love;
    deliver them now from every evil
    and bid them eternal rest.

    The old order has passed away:
    welcome them into paradise,
    where there will be no sorrow, no weeping or pain,
    but fullness of peace and joy
    with your Son and the Holy Spirit
    forever and ever.


  • Teus en nelie pater
    Posted on: Friday, May 13, 2022 Reply

    Gecondoleerd en heel veel kracht en sterkte

  • Cheryl Swan
    Posted on: Sunday, May 15, 2022 Reply

    Dear Jacob, Casey and Family,

    I am so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. You have my deepest sympathy.


  • Sandy McGrath
    Posted on: Sunday, May 15, 2022 Reply

    Our deepest regrets to you both on the loss of your father.

    Sandy & Brian

  • christine spedalieri
    Posted on: Monday, May 16, 2022 Reply

    Ride in Peace Herman.

    With deepest sympathy, Christine (friend and colleague)

    • Thomas ploeg
      Posted on: Friday, May 20, 2022 Reply

      Thank you for your kind words

  • Fam Ploeg Zeist
    Posted on: Tuesday, May 17, 2022 Reply

    Condolences on the loss of Butch, Henk-Jan, Annet, Naomi en Sarah Ploeg

  • Jane & Murray Lees
    Posted on: Friday, May 20, 2022 Reply

    Our thoughts are with Butch’s family at this time. I (Jane) attended School with Butch in Elmvale & have great memories of him. May he Rest In Peace.

  • Terri Cordeiro
    Posted on: Friday, May 27, 2022 Reply

    Years ago, I held the same position as Herman but in the Southwest Region. I had the opportunity to spend many teleconferences and meetings with Herman. He was such a smart and witty man, who’s humour I truly appreciated. I’m sorry to hear of his passing and offer my sincerest condolences. Taken far too early. I know he will be missed.

    • Thomas ploeg
      Posted on: Friday, May 27, 2022 Reply

      Thank you so much for your kind words. He will be a hard man to replace for the MOE.

  • Richard J Maass
    Posted on: Monday, May 30, 2022 Reply

    I am so sad to hear about Herman. He was my most trusted source at MECP and helped me work magic for many clients who I know will be shocked to hear of his passing.
    To his family know that he worked with the highest integrity and I will miss his advice and emails.
    Please except my deepest sympathies.
    Richard Maass,
    Peerless Aquacare

  • Bert Doobay
    Posted on: Monday, June 13, 2022 Reply

    As a Federal Regional Pesticide Officer i had the opportunity to work with Herman as my Provincial counterpart and how happy to know such a wonderful individual. A pleasant, humbled person with such immense knowledge and so willing to share it. We conducted many joint inspections over the short time we knew each other and always all were done so good that i just couldn’t wait to request his involvement for the next time around. So sad to know he has left so early as we were planning to meet up this Summer. Hope that we can share all the precious times when we do connect again. Like to extend my condolences both my wife Indra and myself (BERT) to all in his inner circle. BEST REGARDS🙏

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