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Monday December 30, 2013

KUIPERS, Sjouke (George) C.A.
Born April 22, 1924, and died peacefully on December 20, 2013 at the QEII Halifax, Nova Scotia. A few months short of his 90th birthday. Born in Allingawier Friesland the Netherlands, the son of Gerrit and Aagje Kuipers, Dad had a happy childhood on a Dutch dairy farm with his two older brothers and younger sister and dear German Shepherd, Tina, until the advent of World War II, when the Nazis occupied Holland for the duration of the war. He was only in his teens, but Dad and his older brother Johannes were members of the Dutch Underground and were lucky to live to see the liberation of Holland by the Allies. Dad served in the Dutch Air Force and the British Air Force and at the age of 25 in 1949 decided to immigrate to Canada. He sailed on the Volendam to Pier 21 and traveled to Ontario where he worked on a farm and subsequently held many other jobs - working at a Coca Cola plant in Ontario, acting as an Arthur Murray dance instructor in B. C. - until he enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1950. He travelled across Canada several times as well as to the US during his army service. He was a gunner in the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery: 2 RCHA was formed in 1950 for service in the Korean War. 2RCHA is part of 4th Canadian Division's 2 Canadian Mechanized Brigade Group. During this service, he was one of the survivors of the catastrophic Canoe River train wreck when his regiment travelled to Washington to winter headquarters.
  In 1953, Dad arrived in Nova Scotia where he met Shirley Ruth Martin, a member of one of the old Nova Scotia families from the Eastern Shore. They married in July 1955 and had 58 extremely happy years together, raising their family in Dartmouth N.S. Having studied bookkeeping in Holland, Dad decided to pursue public accounting as a career. He obtained his degree as a Registered Public Accountant from the University of Toronto while working for Mr. Ivan Gordon of Halifax and then was employed by the Dockyard. Dad became the Vice President of the R.P.A. Association of Nova Scotia, 1953. In 1962 he opened his own business S. Kuipers CA in a tiny office on Quinpool Road, and later received his C.A. designation in 1965. During 1973 he took in a partner, Richard Stevens and became Kuipers and Stevens CA with an office in the Halifax Credit Union Building, Halifax. Dad, Richard and staff looked after many prominent Haligonians who first became longtime clients and many went on to stay good friends of both Mom and Dad. In later years, when Dad talked about his clients his face would become filled with animation and pride, as he reminisced. In 1980, they merged with Deloitte and Touché, the international accounting firm, where Dad was a senior partner until his retirement in 1983.
  Dad had many interests - current events, politics, reading, travelling - and when he and Mom bought a 100-year-old Cape Cod house (called Demons) in Lunenburg in the '70s it became his passion. Restoring and working on the house, riding around his many acres on his tractor and enjoying time there with family and friends contributed to the happiest time of his life. Dad also contributed to the community - serving for more than 30 years as Treasurer of St James United Church; as well he was a member of the Board of Stewards, Session and he acted as Treasurer for the Boy Scouts. In 1993, he became a member of the Pine Hill Board of Governors, serving in the role of Chair of the Finance Committee; Board Treasurer; and member of the Executive, Investment and Executive Committees of Pine Hill Divinity Hall, Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax NS.
  In 2006, Mom and Dad moved to the Berkeley Retirement Residence in Dartmouth and enjoyed several happy years there until Dad's health began to fail. He was predeceased by brothers Pier and Johannes of Holland and is survived by his wife Shirley, sister Jantje in Holland and his two beloved daughters Julia (Ron) of Toronto and Rachel of Halifax; many nieces, nephews and extended family including his in-laws the Christies of Ontario. Cremation has taken place under the direction of D.S. Crowell & Son Funeral Home, 22558 Highway 7, Sheet Harbour. No funeral by request. A Celebration of Dad's life and internment in the family cemetery in Moser River, N.S. will be held in the spring of 2014. The family would like to thank the Berkeley staff for all of their help - especially during recent months. Also, the kind nursing staff at the QEII, Emergency and 7.1, for making Dad's last few hours, comfortable and peaceful. Donations may be made to a charity of your choice.

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