PHONE: 204.745.2045 | [email protected]
Phone:  204.745.2045 |  Fax: 204.745.2499 | Email: [email protected]

Hwy. 3&13 10-4th Avenue SE P.O. Box 491 Carman MB.  R0G 0J0   Canada

Bouma Jack orig photoIt is with great sadness that the family of Jacob (Jack) Bouma announces his passing on March 18, 2015 after a brief and courageous battle with cancer.

Jack was born in Andijk, The Netherlands on July 18, 1932. He was predeceased by his parents Henk and Iem Bouma and his younger brother John.

Jack will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by his wife of 59 years Donna (Parrott), his three daughters, Dianna (Maurice) Berard, Sandra (Wayne) Bergen, and Linda (Boomer) McLaughlin all of Winnipeg. Granddaughters Teresa (Joey), Danielle (Kyle), Jennifer (Jeff), and Katheryn (Darren). Three precious great grandchildren Teagan, Lily, and newborn William Jack who was able to meet his great grandpa just days ago.

Also left to remember him are his younger sister Henny (Stu) Fleck of Winnipeg, his sister-in-law Joyce Schmidt (Parrott) of Nanaimo, BC, and his favorite cousin Willy in the Netherlands, as well as several nieces and nephews. Thomas, the granddog, will miss all the special scratches and dog treats that were always in abundance when Jack was around.

Jack was raised and educated in Andijk until his family immigrated to Canada in 1951. The family landed in Carman, Manitoba, working on the Strachan Farm for two years. They then moved to Elm Creek where they ran the Elm Creek Locker Plant. In 1955 they moved to Manitou where they bought the Manitou Frozen Foods Centre. While in Carman, he met Donna and they were married there in July 1956. They moved to Winnipeg where Jack worked as an accountant with Federated Co-operative and later moved to Red River Co-operative as office manager. In 1966 he began his career with the Manitoba Government in the Department of Co-operative Development until his retirement in 1988. He specialized in incorporating and supporting a variety of co-operatives, especially in northern Manitoba with fishing and housing. After his retirement Jack continued working with co-operatives right up until this year and enjoyed it very much. During these years he met many people who have remained lifelong friends. He especially enjoyed his Tuesday luncheons with the senior Co-op group. Jack treasured his friendship and working relationship with his business partner Harry Skene and his wife Cecile that continued to this day.

Jack was very proud of Donna's career as a teacher in the St. Vital School Division, and her great accomplishments as a singer with Crescent Fort Rouge United Church, St. Stephen's Broadway United Church, James Duncan Choir, Hollow Mug, Winnipeg Singers, Rainbow Stage, Winnipeg Philharmonic and the CBC. He was thrilled when she won The Rose Bowl at the Winnipeg Music Festival in 1958.

Jack and Donna traveled extensively throughout the US, Canada, and Europe, enjoying many winters in Hawaii. They also hosted many cousins traveling from The Netherlands, England and Australia. Every summer they enjoyed the family gatherings at their cottage at Falcon Lake.

Special thanks to the wonderful friends on Moore Avenue, where Jack and Donna lived for 55 years, for all your love and support, especially Jan and Marge. You all went above and beyond!

There are no words to describe how grateful we are to the nurses, staff and coordinators of Palliative Care Manitoba and Poseidon Care Centre who enabled Dad to spend his last few days with Mom at his side.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to a charity of your choice.

Cremation has taken place. A private family gathering will be held at a later date as per Jack's wishes.

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