March 1, 1930 – February 2, 2023
In loving memory ~
Alida Helena Josepha Beemer Van Den Bogaard (Alida Bogaard) was born on March 1, 1930 in Baarn, Netherlands. She died on February 2, 2023 in the hospital after a brief illness. She is survived by her seven children: Ellen Bogaard, Paul (Jennifer) Bogaard, Gil (Lisa Hayes) Bogaard, Annemarie (Geoff) Travers, Bruce Bogaard, Jack Bogaard, and Lia (Leo) DesRoches. She is also survived by 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren, as well as three sisters and one brother.
At age seven, Alida’s family moved from Baarn to Werkhoven, where her parents ran the village store, which resulted in their home being a focal point during the German occupation in the war. During her teen years, Alida helped support her family by working as a maid. Taking what she saw as an opportunity to have a family and home of her own, she agreed to marry and immigrate to Canada with John Bogaard who predeceased her in 1999.
Alida and John lived in Nelson from 1952 until John’s death, after which Alida moved to Kelowna. While in Nelson they were part of a Dutch community, bridging the gap between the home they left and the home they chose.
Alida always had a strong sense of self, as well as a commitment to social justice. She was always aware of those around her, near or far, who might need a helping hand, and was happy to give what she could. Despite leaving the Netherlands at a young age, she remained a strong presence with the family there. A nephew commented “Her sober way of commenting and certainly, her humor were exemplary and she didn’t leave any doubt when she disagreed with something.” She remained a daily presence and was always well informed about the lives of her family and friends who were dispersed throughout the country and in Europe (a particular skill for someone not connected to social media).
Alida loved games of all sorts, but most especially bingo, where she always had friends. Evenings of cards are fondly remembered by her children and grandchildren, as are the open and frank discussions we shared. She also loved all living things; her plants, her pets, and especially her canine companions.
More than anything, Alida loved her family, making each of her children and grandchildren feel they were her favourite, each for a different and special reason. She had a special talent for demonstrating that there was never a limit to how much love you could have or how many people you could give it to.
We love you Oma, and we can all
hear you reply “I love you more”,
and we will reply “not possible”.
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