Over the past 15 years, Vic VanderMolen endured treatments for cancer, was grateful for the times he was in remission, and trusted God to help him finish his earthly journey. During the last two days of his life, through the love of God’s people, his hospital room became holy ground. God granted him clarity to receive the love of many people. He was able to say goodbye to friends and family and told many he was leaving soon, assured that he was going home to be with Jesus. He died May 23 at the age of 70.
Born in the Netherlands, VanderMolen immigrated with his family to Canada when he was 3 years old. He worked in sales most of his life but in 1999 was ordained in the Christian Reformed Church. He became known as "Pastor Vic" to three Christian Reformed congregations in Ontario: Hope Community CRC in Mt. Brydges, The Junction CRC in St. Thomas, and Stratford CRC, where he was interim pastor. He retired in 2014.
When the family was asked for words to describe VanderMolen, his 12-year-old grandson offered, "Granddad was kind." He liked being with people and could talk about anything and everything. He enjoyed driving and traveling. Some of his favorite memories were of the Middle East, a European river cruise, and visiting each Canadian province. He was always up for a game of cards, pool, or golf. A favorite with grandkids was to play a game of dice. He liked to have wine, both in his food and in a glass. He is also remembered for entering swimming pools dramatically.
VanderMolen will be missed by Nancy, his wife for over 51 years, their four children and spouses, and nine grandchildren.