Orlando Van Dyk passed away December 19, 2015 in Port Alberni, BC. He is survived by his wife Eva Van Dyk and his children Rob, Rosemary, John, Dolores and Sonya. He was loved and will be missed.
Orlando was born December 20, 1935 in Suriname. He had seven siblings. Orlando was the oldest of the eight children. Growing up in Suriname was where he began his love for nature. Orlando loved to fish and really anything outdoors. He loved plants, birds, insects and any type of animal there was on the planet and would always be reading or watching anything to do with nature.
When he and his family immigrated to Canada in 1955 they saw snow for the first time and came to Port Alberni and found work in the mills, a job that Orlando would have for the next 44 years. He believed in working hard and hardly ever was too sick to work. Orlando loved his children and was a great father and was completely selfless to those who needed him. However, as great of a father that he was, his smile became brighter when he became a grandpa. They were his pride and joy. He enjoyed playing jokes on them and laughing with them. Most of all Orlando loved to talk to anyone who would listen, making friends with bank tellers, cashiers or someone cleaning fish beside him. He was the most outgoing private man in the world.
Orlando died at the age of 79, three hours shy of his 80th birthday here in Canada however he died at 80 in his home country of Suriname. He will always be loved and missed.
A gathering will be held on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 4815 Compton Road, Port Alberni, BC