On July 24, 2022, at the age of 91 years, Hendrik Tams of Coaldale, Alberta, surrounded by family, died and peacefully passed into the glory of our Father in Heaven. He is survived by his wife Alida Tams (Van Spronsen), and his children, Harry (Maria) Tams, Joe (Betty) Tams, Ed (Margaret) Tams, Glenn (Rose) Tams, and Yvonne (Fritz) Douma as well as 24 grandchildren, and 56 great grandchildren.
Hank was born in Stadskanaal, Netherlands on February 27, 1931 to Harm and Geesien Tams, and immigrated to Canada in 1952 along with his parents and 12 siblings. Hank’s faith in Jesus never wavered and he was happy to share the Gospel with whoever would listen. His love for his family, friends and community was very evident and there always was a warm dinner and bed if people needed one.
Hank and Alice have lived in the Coaldale area since 1972 and owned a number of businesses including Vantas Meat Market, Ranchland Meats, Old Country Sausage Shop, and Coaldale Food Market. He worked hard in his community and enjoyed being a member and playing bridge at Lethbridge Senior Centre. He was a faithful member of both the Canadian Reformed Church, and Trinity United Reformed Church.
He is also survived by his siblings: John (Dorothy) Tams, Rika (Dick†) Hoogerdyk, Dieta (Joe†) Van Spronsen, Maria (George) VanBostelen, Fritz (Betty) Tams, Ella (Dave) Cameron, and in-laws (Hilda Tams/Bredenhof (Lloyd)), Richard Veldkamp, Gerda Tams, Douwe Postma and many nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by Klaas & Hilda Tams, Grace & Jack Voorhorst, Amie Veldkamp, Jake Tams, Joan Postma, & Roelof Tams. Also predeceased by his great-grandson, Kees Struik.
A Viewing will be held at 6:00 pm, on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at MARTIN BROTHERS RIVERVIEW CHAPEL, 610, 4 STREET SOUTH, Lethbridge, Alberta.
A private family Graveside Service will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, July 29, 2022 at Coaldale Cemetery.
A Memorial Service will follow at 11:00 am at Trinity United Reformed Church, 1100 40 Ave N, Lethbridge, Alberta with a Luncheon Reception to follow.
To watch the service via livestream, please go to https://www.trinityurc.ca/livestream