A child of God has returned home. Peacefully with family at his side at the Bonnechere Manor on Friday December 29th, 2017. Wilhelm Hermans or “Wil/Bill” as he was known in the community, in his 89th year. Wil came to Canada from the Netherlands, a Dutch Immigrant looking for a new life in the land of opportunity. He enjoyed many years helping farmers across the province through his work with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food. His favourite past times included gardening, cooking, fishing, helping at church suppers, playing cards and building puzzles with his grandchildren His passion was people and sharing his knowledge to help those in need. Especially near to his heart was his work with the Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace. Wil is survived by his loving wife of 52 years Arlette Hermans (Lesage). Dear father to Anne (M.J. Enright), Paul (Donnalynn Manion), David (Rocio Flores) and John (Alanna O’Grady). Loving and proud Opa to Julia, Johanna, Wil, Amanda, Curtis, Liam, Lauren, Leo, Lindy. Dear brother of Annie Guffens-Hermans in Geleen, the Netherlands. Predeceased by brothers and a sister in Canada and the Netherlands. Please join us in celebrating Wil’s life.
Visitations at the Goulet Funeral Home, 310 Argyle St. S., Renfrew, Monday January 1, 2018: 2-4, 7-9 p.m. and after 9 a.m. Tuesday, Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Francis Xavier Church, Tuesday January 2nd at 10:30 a.m. Spring interment, St. Francis Xavier Cemetery. In memory of Wil, donations to the Bonnechere Manor Foundation or the Dementia Society of Ottawa & Renfrew County would be appreciated. Online condolences/donations: www.gouletfuneralhome.com