John Van Arragon

March 10, 1925 - June 17, 2021

March 10, 1925-June 17, 2021

After the gift of 96 years of life, John went to be with his Lord and Savior, on Thursday, June 17, 2021.

Predeceased by his first love Sara (1970) and by his beloved wife Hennie after 45 years of marriage in 2015.

John immigrated to Canada in 1952 from his family homestead of Nolde in the Netherlands. John acquired his Masters degree and taught as a professor at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in Toronto. Providing well for his large family, dad was gentle, soft-spoken, thoughtful and kind. A voracious reader of everything and a meticulous record keeper. Methodically giving to the poorest of the poor and many other charitable organizations close to his heart throughout his entire life. Exemplifying Christ’s love thru him.

John’s foot print on this earth was minimal to say the least. His love of gardening most evident on his front lawn. Flowers and vegetables that sustained him through the winter.
John leaves behind his 12 children to grieve his loss:

Magda (Jake)Binnema
Rink Duiker and (Josie DeSalvo)
Len (Chris) Duiker
Maryke (John+) Suceska
John (Angeline) VanArragon
George (Lisa) VanArragon
Joyce (John) Ouwehand
Henry (Kim) Duiker
Paul (Kathy) VanArragon
Linda (Rob+) Jorey
Suzanne (Wayne) Spronk
Fred (Cyndi) VanArragon

Also mourning his loss are 34 grandchildren and 34 great-grandchildren a sister in the Netherlands, nephews and nieces.

GALATIONS Chapter 5 VERSE 22 exemplifies the way John lived his life:
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self control. Against such things there is no law.

Wednesday, June 23rd, at 10:30 AM, at Immanuel Christian Reformed Church
Please sign the book of condolences at:

Book of Condolences
Marianne VanArragon- Kingma

Posted on: June 27, 2021

Johan was my Dad’s cousin. His presence at our family reunions was so special. He took an interest in all of us. Not long ago I received a long email from him. I will always treasure the memories. Our sympathy to his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, his sister Dien, in Nolde, the Netherlands.
Sari Fennema

Posted on: June 22, 2021

Dear Van Arragon family,

My sincere condolences with the passing of your father, grandfather and great grandfather. He will be missed, but may you cherish the many memories you have. May the Lord strengthen you.

Christine Brus Vreugdenhil

Posted on: June 22, 2021

My mother was Johan’s first cousin and as a child as remember frequent visits from Johan. Later, while living in Hamilton we enjoyed visiting Johan and Hennie. Johan was a kind and very interesting man and was blest with a long life. Jim and I send our heartfelt condolences.
Alie van Arragon, Groningen Netherlands

Posted on: June 22, 2021

My parents Hendrik and Nel van Arragon-Fieten were cousins of Johan, and always admired his dedication to his children, especially after the death of Sara, and his determination to live in a meaningful way. After emigrating to Canada he built himself a remarkable career. I met him and Hennie various times, when they were visiting Nolde. I will remember all the interesting and remarkable stories, and conversations between the counsins about their parents, my grandparents and great-uncle and aunt.
I wish all relatives all the best and I hope they will cherish all the good memories.
Joe and Maria Catacchio

Posted on: June 21, 2021

Dear Vanarragon and Family

Our heartfelt condolences of the loss of your father , know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families 🙏
Joe & Maria

Posted on: June 21, 2021

Dear Vannarragon and family

Our heartfelt condolences for the loss of you father , know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your families 🙏
John and Jantina DeVries

Posted on: June 21, 2021

Our sincere condolences with the passing of your father, grandfather and great grandfather. May the memories shared of his long life among you give you joy and comfort. Strength from above to the whole family as you move on without him.
Ena Mostert

Posted on: June 21, 2021

Dear Van Arragon family,
Please accept my sincere condolences with the passing of your father and grandfather. He was blessed with a long life and the love and support from all of you. I remember him as a sincere, genuine Christian man. Our memories go back a long time, 56 years now. Many of you have memories with my boys. He will certainly leave a void in your lives. May God bless you.

Rob and Fran Duiker

Posted on: June 21, 2021

We mourn together with the entire family while at the same time we celebrate a life well lived; a life lived for Jesus.
Helen and Mike Sardo

Posted on: June 21, 2021

George and Lisa, family,

Our deepest sympathy for the loss of your dad, know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.
Carol & Wayne Chisholm

Posted on: June 20, 2021

George, Lisa and family.
Please accept our heartfelt sympathies in your family's loss. Hope the memories you hold dear bring you comfort during this difficult time.