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Marius VanBesien

Marius Joseph VanBesien

August 1st, 1951 - June 2nd, 2020
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Obituary

On Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 6:59am, Marius Joseph VanBesien, loving husband and father of three daughters, passed away peacefully at his home at the age 68. Marius was born August 1, 1951 in Tillsonburg, Ontario to Gustaf and Madeleine VanBesien. He farmed tobacco, cash crops, and ran a successful trucking and custom farming operation for 49 years in Norfolk County. On December 22, 1970 he married his best friend in life Mary Anne (Bolle), and they spent almost 50 loving years together. They raised three beautiful daughters, Michelle, Karen, and Cathy.

Marius had a passion for boating and the ‘Moonlighter’ was well known on the waters of Long Point Bay, and beyond, from May until late fall. He loved his family and friends and spending time with them all. The memories he has made with all of us will be forever in our hearts, he has touched the lives of so many. He was an avid snowmobiler and was a founding member and dedicated volunteer of the Southern Sno Riders. Marius was known to never pass up a crop tour, ‘coffee shop’ visit, or friendly picnic table talk, even if he had never met the person on the other side of the table before. Marius always put family first, including all the extended families of his life endeavours. He was a great friend, confidant, and mentor to untold members of his community. 19 years of strong will and love of life kept him with us as he fought and survived many battles with cancer.

Marius was preceded in death by his father Gustaf, mother Madeleine (Van Sevenant), brother Donald, son-in-law Dann Van Bakel, brother-in-law John Keirsebilck, and sister-in-law Rosie VanBesien. He is survived by his wife Mary Anne, daughters Michelle, Karen (Cale McEwan), Cathy (Dan Dietrich), his grandchildren, Tyler, Lauren, Brittney, Bailee, Brandon, and Brooke. There could be no more adoration between a grandfather and his grandchildren than was shared between them. He is also survived by siblings Charlie, Willie, Lillian, Crisona, Ronnie and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.

In light of the recent COVID-19 social distancing regulations, a Private Memorial Service to Celebrate Marius' Life and Legacy will take place by Life Celebrant Specialist Tina Dias. This service is private and restricted to a limited number of guests, we apologize for the inconvenience, but we ask that you keep Marius, Mary Anne and their family in your thoughts. The service will be broadcasted live and can be viewed through our website on Friday, June 5th at 11:00 a.m.

To view a Custom Memorial Video for Marius, please follow the below link:
https://youtu.be/VAiJUEJz4pU

Malachy McKenna narrates his penned eulogy to Marius Van Besien. Music license courtesy of the O'Neil Brothers. To view, please follow the below link:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2jDGjt2Q7HE
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A Graveside Service and inurnment follows in Sacred Heart R.C. Cemetery, Langton by Rev. Fr. Thomas Kuriacko. Please feel free to leave a condolence, share memories or photos, or donate in Marius’ memory to “Sacred Heart R.C. Church - Building Fund” or to “Lymphoma Canada,” through the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes- Burial and Cremation Services Inc., Langton (519-842-4238), which has been entrusted with all arrangements.

*NOTICE: The VanBesien family will be holding a Celebration of Life at a later date, with a time and place to be announced in the future.
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Service Details

  • Private Memorial Service to Celebrate Marius' Life and Legacy

    Friday, June 5th, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    Friday, June 5th, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes - Burial and Cremation Services Inc.
    Address
    262 Broadway Street
    Tillsonburg, Ontario N4G 3R7
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    In light of the recent COVID-19 social distancing regulations, a Memorial Service to Celebrate Marius' Life and Legacy will take place by Life Celebrant Specialist Tina Dias. This service is private and restricted to a limited number of guests, we apologize for the inconvenience, but we ask that you keep Marius, Mary Anne and their family in your thoughts. The service will be broadcasted live and can be viewed through our website on Friday, June 5th at 11:00 a.m. To view, visit “photos and videos” on Marius' tribute page at verhoevefuneralhomes.com.
    Officiant
    Life Celebration Specialist Tina Dias
    Co-Celebrant
    Rev. Fr. Thomas Kuriacko
  • Interment

    Friday, June 5th, 2020 |
    When
    Friday, June 5th, 2020
    Location
    Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Cemetery
    Address
    24 Albert Street
    Langton, Ontario N0E 1G0
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Private inurnment in the Sacred Heart R.C. Cemetery will take place on Friday, June 5th, 2020 by Rev. Fr. Thomas Kuriacko, of Sacred Heart Church.

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  • Southern Sno Riders

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Walter Ottiger

Posted at 08:39pm
My deepest sympathies to the Van Besien family for the loss of Marius. I remember Marius to be very welcoming and helpful to us when we immigrated to Canada from Switzerland. I will never forget those memories riding with him on the combine and tractor while growing up not far from him.
Kind regards
Walter Ottiger Jr.
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Debbie Miller

Posted at 11:04am
Dear Karen, Cale, Brittney, Bailee & VanBesien Family! We are praying for you during this difficult time. Cherish the wonderful, precious memories of your time together; may it bring you much happiness, joy and peace. May God bless and comfort you during this time and the coming days. Love, Debbie and Wade Miller - San Antonio, Texas
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Debbie & Wade Miller

Posted at 10:54am
Dear Karen, Cale, Brittney, Bailee & VanBesien Family! We are thinking of you & praying for you during this difficult time. May God bless you.
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Your Mortenson Family - San Antonio

Posted at 10:35am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
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Bozso

Posted at 09:23pm
Sorry to hear about your brother Charlie. Ron Decoopman
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