Pieter Van Den Hoek

  Pieter Paulus Van Den Hoek, 87, died on May 20, 2020, in his Lynden home with his family surrounding him.

  He was the husband of Betty Van Den Hoek. They celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on March 28.

  Born in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on Oct. 10, 1932, he was a son of Adriaan van den Hoek and Neeltje Stok. His family, including siblings Corry, Theo, Loos and Rien, survived the occupation of the Netherlands during World War II.

  He immigrated to Canada, where his brother Theo had a farm, and later moved to the San Francisco Bay area. He was a computer programmer for many years. While in San Francisco, he met Betty Whiteside, the love of his life. In 1980 Pete and Betty were married. They went on to have two children, Anne and Andrew. Family was everything to Pete. He enjoyed being a father and was proud of his children’s academic and athletic accomplishments. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lynden. Pete enjoyed track and field, tennis and especially soccer. Peter had a great sense of humor and a kind, compassionate spirit.

  He is survived by his love, Betty; his children, Anne Tarabochia (Peter) and Andrew Van Den Hoek (Beth); and his three grandchildren, Ben, Clare and Luke.

  A graveside service for immediate family will be held at Greenwood Cemetery.

  Memorial donations in lieu of flowers may be made to the Whatcom Hospice Foundation.

  Please share your thoughts and memories of Pieter online at www.sigsfuneralservices.com.