KRAAIJEVELD, Adrian - (September 27, 1945 - December 2, 2018) -
Adrian was a man who loved unconditionally.
He had tremendous love for his family and circle of friends, and also for those who he felt needed loving support.
He was a kind, gentle and patient man, a careful listener, and respectful of others. His ways of being were expressions of all that he valued.
Adrian was multi-faceted. He taught science at Chinguacousy Secondary School, and a was a fantastic chef.His son Kyle and daughter Alanna share his passion for the outdoors, and now grandson Ari.
Adrian was curious and creative, an artist in all aspects of life, a love he nurtured in Ari. Adrian’s paintings, sketches, and beautiful rocks were often gifts shared with others, and his talking sticks were symbolic of the importance of being a good listener.
He was born in England, lived in Holland, and at the age of eight his family immigrated to Toronto, Canada. His parents, Jean and Jan worked to provide a good life for Adrian and his sister Judy. It was through Judy that Adrian met his wife of 47 years, Donna. They began dating in high school and, although they went to different universities they knew that they were meant to spend their lives together.
Adrian was a very caring and loving husband. He would often surprise Donna with flowers or a special bottle of wine.
Adrian’s family was paramount. His passing leaves a void in the lives left: his wife Donna, son Kyle (Jen), grandson Ari, daughter Alanna. His mother Jean and sister Judy (Glenn), his mother-in-law, Dorothy, sister-in-law Susan (Howard), brothers-in-law Michael and Sandy were all a major part of his life. His nieces Johanna, Karla (Steve) and Jacqueline, and nephews Corben, Ryan, Justin and Brandon always had such warm feelings towards him. He was a constant in their lives.
As Adrian struggled with his health, the doctors and nurses at Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital (OTMH) were caring and compassionate. For those who wish to do so, a donation in Adrian’s name may be made to OTMH, or to the charity or organization of your choice.
Adrian was an incredible individual who will be profoundly missed. The moments shared with him will be cherished forever.
Visitation will be held on Saturday December 8th, 2 - 5pm, Kopriva Taylor Funeral Home, 64 Lakeshore Road West, Oakville.