Alfred Jonckheere

Alfred Jonckheere

May 23rd, 1937 - January 24th, 2020
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Passed away, suddenly, but peacefully, on Friday, January 24th, 2020, at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital, Alfred (Fred) Jonckheere a resident of Langton in his 83rd year. Born in Belgium. Fred was Proprietor of Jonckheere Motors (Volvo) Dealership Langton. The Jonckheere family has been engaged in automotive sales since 1927 in Belgium and later still in 1952 in Canada for almost 100 years in total. Loved brother of Marie Claire (Grant McRorie), Mississauga, Dan Jonckheere (Louise Scott), Whistler, B.C., Hans Charles Jonckheere (Irene Slegers), London. Survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by his parents Charles Peter Jonckheere (2001) and Former Irene Eugenie (Dauwe) Jonckheere (1996). Also predeceased by a sister Monique Jonckheere (2005), a sister-in-law Dorothy (Moore) Jonckheere (1992), a sister-in-law Adriene (Eades) Jonckheere (2019).

Fred was editor of an illustrated tree-identification book entitled Rare, Threatened, and Endangered Trees of Haldimand – Norfolk. It was published as a pocket field guide so that tree-markers and loggers could identify those Carolinian specimens that should be unharmed, because their rarity was of far greater value living than in their board feet. For decades, he worked tirelessly in other ways as a defender of trees and forests, both with colleagues in the Norfolk Field Naturalists, and later, independently.

In keeping with Fred’s wishes only cremation has taken place. The MAURICE J. VERHOEVE FUNERAL HOMES – BURIAL AND CREMATION SERVICES INC., 40 Queen Street, Langton (519) 842-4238 has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements. Memorial donations to the “Sunshine Foundation of Canada” would be gratefully appreciated by the family.
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Allan Sage

Posted at 11:19am
Fred was a mechanic for my 1962 Volvo and was excellent for keeping the dual SU carbs in tune. In an unfortunate accident in the early 60's he was trying out some changes he had made. My wife and I were passengers in the car. Due to road conditions and a malfunction in the front suspension, we ended up in the ditch on our roof just East of the garage. The car was a write-off and Fred and his father worked very hard to make sure we didn't come out as losers on the accident insurance.
I can still see Fred working in the shop with his pipe in his mouth, sometimes not even lit .

Robert Loney

Posted at 10:54am
If you looked through the Volvo dealership directory when Fred was in business, every dealer was in a large city… except there was Jonckheere Motors at Langton. We were lucky to have them. My family started buying Volvos in 1972 from Jonckheeres’. For the first time, our cars received regular preventive maintenance. Over the years we’ve had eleven Jonckheere Volvos in the family. I’m on my fourth. A number of the cars were used and we always felt we could trust Fred for an honest deal and a reliable vehicle. Our cars got expert, conscientious care from Fred. He once explained to me the futility of spinning a car’s tires more quickly on ice to gain traction. He said the coefficient of friction goes down as the speed of the rotating tire increases. Another time when explaining how my car performed, he cited Newton’s third law of motion. Having Fred as a mechanic was like having a professor look after my car.
A memorable anecdote… One evening in 1989 I was in Fred’s office as he filled out the paperwork for another Volvo acquisition. The phone rang. It was Robert Bateman, the famous painter. He was phoning from British Columbia where he lived. He and his wife were on their way to the theatre in Vancouver. They were passing through a tunnel under the Fraser River and he was talking on a mobile phone. Fred knew Robert’s brother through the Norfolk Field Naturalists, and through that connection Robert became a client. Whenever he wanted a new Volvo, he would contact Fred. Fred would drive the car to the home of Robert’s mother in Toronto for pickup. One time Mrs. Bateman invited Fred in and showed him all of Robert’s early paintings that she had on display.
Our family’s connection with Fred is one that will be missed.

Linda Boll

Posted at 09:51pm
We were Volvo customers of Fred. He was very diligent in servicing the car and was always so gracious and kind. We also met him at the Farmer's market on Thursdays. a lovely man.
Linda and Jim Boll

Patricia Hall

Posted at 08:29pm
I have many fond memories of Fred.He felt free to offer me advice, weather I wanted it or not, on my choice of cars and what colour I should choose.We drove Volvos for years as does my son Dan.
We met as well at the market Thursday afternoons and I listened to his very intelligent analysis of how people could improve the environment, especially in Norfolk County.He truly was a good man.
Please accept my sincere condolences Hans,and to your family as well.
Pat [Byron]Hall

Elgin Loney

Posted at 09:09pm
When it came to Volvos, Fred was always on call for our family. As with the rest of Langton, we had many years of faithful service. Sincere condolences from Dr Loney's family.

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