Sylvere Van Gulck

Sylvere Edward Van Gulck

August 17th, 1940 - September 13th, 2019
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Passed away, peacefully, after a courageous struggle with illness, on Friday, September 13th, 2019, with family by his side, at the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital, Sylvere Edward Van Gulck, a resident of Straffordville, in his 80th year. Born in Beveren – Waas, E.F., Belgium, son of the late Joseph Van Gulck and late Germaine (Van Goethem) Van Gulck. Dedicated husband, father, grandfather, brother, family man and friend. Deeply dedicated member of the Straffordville Lions Club for 40 years. Director with the former Delhi Belgian Club for 10 years. A fisherman and outdoorsman, Sylvere was a member of the Otter Valley Rod and Gun Club, Straffordville. Sylvere and Marie will always be remembered for their well-renowned Van Gulck’s Bakery in Straffordville that had a clientele from far and wide for all those who treasured their Belgian Pastries and Bread. The Van Gulck’s were very proud of their Belgian Heritage and their Bakery was an outstanding representation of Belgian and European cultures. Bakery career spanned 43 years. Sylvere also was a proud Langton area tobacco farmer.

Much loved husband and best friend of almost 55 years of Marie (Heyrman) Van Gulck. Loved father and father-in-law of daughter Terry-Ann (Troy Chute), of Langton and a granddaughter Charissa (Paul Stefan) and their daughter Quinn Stefan and a granddaughter Kristen Chute (fiancé Mat Stangen). Survived by a brother Boudwyne (“Budd”) Van Gulck, of Tillsonburg. Also survived by nieces, nephews and cousins. Predeceased by a brother Edward Van Gulck (March 16, 2012) and his late wife Patricia (October 4, 2003) and a brother Theophil (“Theo”) (March 22, 2001) and his late wife Mariette (January 21, 2018).

Friends, neighbours and relatives will be received by Marie and the family on Tuesday evening from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the MAURICE J. VERHOEVE FUNERAL HOMES – BURIAL AND CREMATION SERVICES INC. Chapel, 262 Broadway Street, Tillsonburg (519)842-4238. Parish Prayers are Tuesday evening at 5:45 pm. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial on Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 at 11:00 am at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, 51 Venison St. W., Tillsonburg by Rev. Fr. John Pirt. Interment follows in the Tillsonburg Cemetery. Memorial donations are payable by cheque to the “Lion’s Club International Foundation” or to the “Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital Foundation” or the “Canadian Cancer Society (Research)” through the Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes, Tillsonburg, which has been entrusted with all funeral arrangements.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Maurice J. Verhoeve Funeral Homes - Burial and Cremation Services Inc.
    262 Broadway St.
    Tillsonburg, Ontario N4G 3R7
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Parish Prayers 5:45 pm
  • Funeral Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Mary's R.C. Church, Tillsonburg, Ontario
    51 Venison Street West
    Tillsonburg, Ontario N4G 1V1
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    Rev. Fr. John Pirt
  • Interment

    Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 |
    Wednesday, September 18th, 2019
    Tillsonburg Cemetery
    191-193 Simcoe Street
    Tillsonburg, Ontario
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  • Reception

    Wednesday, September 18th, 2019 |
    Wednesday, September 18th, 2019
    St. Mary's R.C. Church, Tillsonburg, Ontario
    51 Venison Street West
    Tillsonburg, Ontario N4G 1V1
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Lynda Van De Maele

Posted at 09:30am
The children of Ben and Mary Van De Maele send our deepest sympathy on the passing of Sylvere. Marie, Mom is unable to attend the service for Sylvere but sends her heart felt condolences. Marie, you and Sylvere were great neighbours of Our parents. Dad and Sylvere shared many back yard conversations. Your bakery was a favourite of our family and at special occasions when our family gathers, the grandchildren still talk about the delicious almond squares and other breads, pastries that Mom would buy from your bakery. God bless you Marie and your family at this sad time. Sincerely Ben & Mary’s children. (Jeanette, Lynda, Larry & Carol Ann)

Fran Brindley

Posted at 12:05am
So sorry for you loss sending deepest condolences. I was just a little girl when we lived in straffordville but as I grew up I always came by the bakery for the best Mocha cake in the world. I have never ever found anything that compared. I have fond memories of coming in and wanting everything in the store but my dad would always say pick one thing. Every year I had mocha cake for my birthday only from your bakery. I will pray your family gets through this difficult time.

Lucy Zacharias

Posted at 09:10pm
We are sorry to hear of Mr. Van Gulck's passing - our heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Van Gulck, Terry-Ann and family. Our family has such warm memories of visits to your bakery. We knew that Mr. Van Gulck was in the back preparing all the delicious treats we would see on display. Van Gulck's Bakery has been the standard that no other bakery has compared to. We've reminisced often of going through that door, hearing that bell and being surrounded by that delicious aroma. Thank you Mr. Van Gulck for the blessing you were to our community.
The Zacharias family

Gilberte Heyrman-Van de Perre

Posted at 08:56am
You are in my thoughts. Sincere condolences.
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Luc and Hilde Dietvorst (Heyrman), Kids and Grandk

Posted at 05:41am
With loving memories of uncle Sylvere. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in this difficult time.
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