John Nauta

A photo of John Nauta


A private family service will be held.
Interment in Pardoville Cemetery.

John Nauta passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, October 1, 2020.

John was born in Surhuizum, the Netherlands on August 24, 1933 to the late Jacob and Wietske (Houwink) Nauta. Loving and faithful husband for almost 60 years to Hermina (Lam) and father to Wendy (Adrian) Weesjes, Aylmer; Evelyn (John) Leistra, Mount Brydges; Jim (Janet), Blenheim; Marcia (Harry Vanderveen), Burlington; and Rose (2019) and Andy Boyd, Brisbane Australia.  Dear Opa to Erica, Rachel, Julie, Nicholas (Laura), Alex (Sam), Lianna (Nicholas) and Matthew.

John was pre-deceased by siblings Abe, Harry, Dick, Jake, Ronnie Timmermans, Joan Sonneveld, Diane Gracey and four infant brothers.  Survived by his brother Ralph (Margaret) Nauta, and sisters Clara (Hank) Woudenburg, Hilda Berghuis, Catherine Verbeek, and Ruth Oden.  Also survived by his sisters-in law Marie, Hilda and Lisa Nauta, brother-in law John Timmermans and cousin Corrie Blommers as well as numerous in-laws, nieces and nephews in Canada, Holland and New Zealand.

John immigrated to Canada in 1947 with his parents and siblings.  He farmed in Blenheim and Ridgetown until retiring in 1990 and then enjoyed a second career as a bus driver for DeNure’s in Blenheim for 17 years.  He enjoyed seeing his granddaughters at Harwich Raleigh School and soon all the kids called him Opa. His third career was as the janitor at Blenheim Christian Reformed Church for 10 years, finally retiring in 2017.

John was a hard worker and his garden was his pride and joy; he was always ready to share its abundance with family and friends.

A private family service will be held with interment in Pardoville Cemetery.

Donations to UCB Radio Chatham or the charity of your choice would be appreciated by his family.

Rest in peace, Opa.

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Our condolences to Hermina and family.

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of John, he was such a sweet man.

Sincere condolences.🙏

Jim & Janet, I am sorry to hear about John’s passing. My thoughts and sympathies go out to you and your entire family.

Dear Hermina and family.Sad to learn of Johns passing.He was super great guy.Always a kind word.From your pool Buddies ,Love David and Peggy.

We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. He was always a friendly and kind neighbour to us in Ridgetown and Blenheim. We are thinking of you, Hermina, and your family

To the entire Nauta family - Please accept our sincere sympathy in the passing of John, our thoughts and prayers are with each of you at this very difficult time. Death is not the end, it is only the passing on from time into eternity for the children of God. Death is not extinguishing the light, it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come.

so sorry to hear pf Johns passing.... always a kind word for everyone

Our condolences to Hermina and family from Derrick and Janet.

Our deepest condolences to the entire Nauta family on the loss of a husband, father & grandfather. John was a great caring man & we enjoyed him as a neighbour for many years. Hold onto your memories, they will be priceless in years to come & to help you through this difficult time. Know you are in our thought & prayers. John & Sonia

Jim Janet and family so sorry to hear about John's passing my condolences. Edward McMillan

So sorry Lam. I will always have a spot in my heart for him and the conversations over Brandy Beans at the Bargain Shop. I'll have a box on him this year.❤

We are so sad to hear of John's passing. Our thoughts are with you Hermina and your family.

Sending our deepest condolences to the entire family. Lots of precious memories shared with your family and your Father's smile was infectious. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. Take care.

Hermina and Family, So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

so sorry to her of Johns passing. He was a wonderful man. he will be missed.

Jim Janet and family so sorry for your loss our condolences

so very sorry for your loss.

Janet & Jim: Sending my sincere condolences to your entire family.

Jim, Janet & family .. my sincerest sympathy is being sent to all of you at this most difficult time. Please know that you all will be in my thoughts & prayers. Sincerely, Catherine Chavis

Those who have shown us love, brought us joy and made us laugh, have given us the lasting gifts to a beautiful life and blessed your memories forever. May God wrap his arms around you and your family and give you peace.💖

Please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of this wonderful man. May your memories help you through this difficult time. RIP Opa

Very Sorry for your loss !