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Theodorus Jacobus Koolen

May 2, 1933 - August 25, 2020

Theodorus Josephus “Ted” Koolen passed away on Tuesday, August 25, 2020, in his 88th year. Cherished husband of Paula (née Van Bommel). Father to Geri (Stephanie), John, and Ron (Heather) Koolen. Ted is survived by his siblings, Chris Koolen and Johanna (late Herman) Straatman. He was a grandfather and great-grandfather and had many loving nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his siblings: Albert Vandenbogaard, Hendrika Vervoordelodonk, Nellie Vandenbogaard, Theo Vandenbogaard, Miet Van Lierop, Driek Koolen, Nol Koolen and Thiest Koolen. Ted was born in Heusden, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands, before he immigrated to Canada in the 1950s. Ted was a proud member of the Dutch Army, where he served in many worldwide locations, including Indonesia. Ted often regaled stories of the great comradery in the army as well as his love of playing the trumpet. Ted and Paula spent countless hours playing cards and every family get-together included a few card games. Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 27, 2020 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at NORTHVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 1490 Highbury Avenue North, London. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at ST. MICHAEL’S CATHOLIC PARISH, 511 Cheapside Street, London on Friday, August 28, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. Interment to follow at St. Peter’s Cemetery.

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Please note: as per the directive of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, attendance numbers will be restricted. Please be aware that COVID-19 protocols are in place which may preclude some from being able to attend and masks are mandatory.

Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Ted are asked to consider the VON Middlesex-Elgin.

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My deepest sympathies for your loss. May you find comfort in your memories and family. Hugs and God bless you all in your time of need. Sincerely, Bernadette Guite (Peckham)

~ Bernadette Guite

Paula and Family On behalf of my parents and I want to express our condolences to you and your family on your loss. Know that we are thinking of you during this time. Please tell John that I am thinking about him as well. John and Trudy Goertz as well as myself Bettyann Goertz.


Sending our sincere condolences to all the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. Sincerely, Robert & Nicole Peckham

~ Robert Peckham

Paula - A quick note to let you know we are thinking of you at Parkwood. On behalf of the volunteers, participants and myself from the Parkwood exercise class, our condolences. Please know I would pay my respects in person but will send condolences this way to allow for limited Covid 19 numbers. Take Care. Bill Gold - PMP Instructor

~ Bill Gold

We are so sorry to hear of Ted’s passing. Our condolences to the whole family. Jerry Meulendyks & Judy Goetz

~ Judy Goertz

(Donated to VON Middlesex-Elgin)

~ Garry Straatman

Given to honour the life of Ted Koolen and thank the nurses for their professionalism and caring!

~ J Marian McEwan

Glad Uncle Ted could spend his last days at home with all of you. Hugs to all, John & Anne

~ John Vandenbogaard

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