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Henricus “Harry” Johannes Rensen

January 24, 2022

In Memory of Harry Rensen

It is with heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Harry Rensen.  On the evening of January 24th, 2022, he passed away peacefully at Kensington Long Term Care home.

He is survived by his wife Wilhelmina (Wilma), his siblings, Bets (late Herman), Richard (Riet), and his children, Yvonne (Garry) and Andrew (Melissa).  Harry is predeceased by his parents, Alphonsius and Henriette, and sisters Mientje, and Leida (Tonnie and later Geert), and grandchild, Jacob.

Throughout his 90 years of life, he proved to be a hardworking man, known to many as “Harry the Horse”.

He loved working in his garden, playing harmonica at his leisure, and was physically active, always going on long walks or riding his bike on nature trails with his loving wife Wilma.

He had a quirky sense of humour and enjoyed mimicking animal sounds.

Harry was an advocate for the working man, always trying to improve working conditions for the “average Joe”, an environmentalist, and supported third world countries. Someone we could be proud of…he will be greatly missed.

Harry will be laid to rest privately at St. Peter’s Cemetery and Holy Family Mausoleum.

You can now rest in peace Harry.

With much love from Wilma, Yvonne and Garry, and Andrew and Melissa 💕💖💕.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favourite charity or perform an act of kindness.

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I met Harry while serving on the board of the London Cross Cultural Learner Centre. I don't remember him ever missing a board or commitee meeting, but I do remember his never-failing passion for working to make the world a better place. My condolences to his family.

~ Ted Town

The Rensens were good friends and neighbours for our family from my earliest memories. They were extra special as they were so helpful to our mom, when she had foster children, and would help with their special care when needed, sometimes. For many, many years, we would see them at the Quarry in St Marys on the weekends, as we loved swimming as much as they did. Mr. Rensen was a wonderful gardener, and a very proud Canadian, by choice. Condolences to his family and all those who loved him. May happy memories comfort you at this sad time.

~ Marylou Bontje

Sincere sympathy with the loss of your husband & father. May you draw on your many years of memories to find comfort now. I remember my sisters & I babysitting for you many many years ago when we were neighbors in Thorndale.

~ Anne Trahan (VanderWielen)

Our heartfelt sympathy to Wilma, Yvonne & Andrew and families. May you all experience peace and comfort in the many memories you shared over the years. Extending our warm embrace during this time of sorrow. May he Rest In Peace in the garden of Heaven.

~ Lisa & Lisa Pompilii & family

Sorry for the loss of your dad . Sending my condolences and prayers to you and your family

~ Marie England

Gecondoleerd met het verlies. Ik ook heb mooie herinneringen aan ons bezoek in Canada.

~ Mike Rensen

Veel sterkte met het verlies. We hebben mooie herinneringen aan Harry van de keren dat we in Canada waren en op bezoek kwamen, maar ook aan de paar dagen toen hij samen met Wilma bij ons in Holland logeerde. Hij was zeer attent en is nooit de verjaardag van Gé, zijn petekind, vergeten. Hij belde altijd. Zeker ook het contact via de Zoom meeting eind vorig jaar is nu nog waardevoller.

~ Gé, Marianne en Jake Rensen

Our thoughts and hearts are with you and family. I’m so thankful for Harry and Wilma being strong and kind, to raise two like minded children, Andy and Yvonne. His sweetness was apparent the first time you met Harry but you also saw his strength and pride. I’m so glad he is resting peacefully now and keep all your warm memories close to heart ❤️

~ Dawn and Jim Deacon

Harry was a humble and proud man who always brought a smile to my face because what you see was what you got with Harry❤️He spoke honestly and plainly about the early struggles of immigrants to Canada-he and Wilma overcame and they were always grateful for family and independence they maintained for the best part of ninety years🙏🤗R.I.P.

~ Mary Insell

I'm so sorry to hear of your father's passing . May you take comfort with your loving memories and keep them close to your heart ❤. He is now at peace. Sending you love, hugs and strength as you process this loss. Family are Forever in our hearts! 💕 Holly

~ Holly Macdonald