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Gabius Hendri "Henk" Abma, 89

Gabius Hendrik “Henk” Abma
July 8, 1923 – March 11, 2013

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Gabius Hendrik “Henk” Abma of Emo, ON, on Monday March 11, 2013 at Rainy Crest Long Term Care, Fort Frances, ON. He was born in Bolsward, Friesland on July 8, 1923 to Pietje and Johannes Abma. He immigrated to Winnipeg, MB in 1950 and there Henk worked for the T. Eaton Company as a baker for ten years. In 1960 Henk and his family moved to Rainy River, ON and bought the old Bollenbach’s Bakery. Henk’s bread was well known throughout the district and he delivered to many homes and businesses for over twenty five years. He was famous for his delicious Christmas cakes and cinnamon buns. Henk loved to listen to organ music and choirs and was an avid reader. He was well respected and loved by his children and his church family, he loved God and his church. Henk, wanted people to remember that he worked long and hard hours to provide for his family, he was an honest, giving and caring person. Henk will be greatly missed by his children; Jo-Anne (Pat) Giles, Rainy River, ON, Nellie (Greg) Wells, Winnipeg, MB, Ina Finney, Winnipeg, MB, Henrietta (Clyde) Danielson, Calgary, AB, Thomas (Lori) Abma, Fort Frances, ON, Diane (John Borges) Abma, Duffield, AB; missed by many grandchildren and great grandchildren; missed by siblings, brothers Tom and Hank, Toronto,ON and sisters Tini,Toronto,ON, Grytje, Dicky and Thea all of Holland. Henk was predeceased by parents Johannes and Pieternella and siblings Pieter and Ina. A memorial service was held at the Emo Christian Reformed Church on Saturday March 16, 2013 at 10:00 am with Pastor John Vanderburgh officiating. Interment will take place at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Rainy River, ON at a later date. Honourary Pallbearers will be Charlie Byma, John and Irene Ploegman, Wilma and Arend Weilinga, John and Linda Esselink and all of Henk’s grandchildren and great grandchildren. In memoriam donations may be made to the Sturgeon Creek Alternative Program c/o Northridge Funeral Home, Box 89, Emo, Ontario, P0W 1E0. Online condolences may be offered at