Van Aarsen, H. John

Van Aarsen, H. John

October 2nd, 2019

After a long and courageous fight with cancer, John Van Aarsen, in his 63rd year, has lost his fight on Wednesday, October 2, 2019, and is now resting in peace.  John is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Susan, of 24 years.  Cherished father to his children, Tiana (Graeme) Baker, Krista Van Aarsen and Alicia (Bryan) Sodawater along with his stepchildren Jennifer Beatty and Steven (Michelle) Beatty.  John will be lovingly missed by his grandchildren, Ana Branco, Olivia and Violet Baker, Addison Sodawater, Ryker Beatty-Wolters and Natalie and Evan Beatty.  John is the son of Wilhelmina (Charles) Sterling; brother of Mike (Cathy) Van Aarsen, Mary Ann (Bill) Wragg and Tom (Lori) Van Aarsen; brother-in-law of Bonnie (Jim) Boland, Don Waldie, John (Fatima) Little, Debbie (Dave) Pfeiffer and Scott Little.  John will also be missed by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, colleagues and friends.  Visitation will take place at WESTVIEW FUNERAL CHAPEL, 709 Wonderland Road North, on Friday from 2:00 - 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., where the funeral service will be conducted on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Interment at Mount Pleasant Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the London Regional Cancer Program or the Huntington Society of Canada, two charities that were important to John.  Thank you to our family doctor, Dr. Tara Walker, the London Regional Cancer Program doctors and nurses for the care they provided to John over the last three years and Westview Funeral Chapel and Mount Pleasant Cemetery for their help with the arrangements.  

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Deb & Dave PfeifferSusan, Your heart is breaking - and they offer you cliches. You see, they are frightened, too. They feel threatened and ill at ease. But they are sharing as best as they can. Accept their companionship, but you need not take their advice. You may simply say, "Thank you for coming." And then do what is best for you. -Rabbi Earl Grollman. John will be missed by everyone who knew him; his smile and lovingkindness will be in your heart forever. Look back at the memories you made together. Look forward - make new memories by embracing those around you; they will need you as much as you will need them. Your family and friends will rally when you call out for help. Now it is time for you to heal - we're with you on this journey. Love you sis.
Jolanda Adrianus- Van AarsenYou are in our thoughts as you find your way through this. We pray for your healing and know you miss him extremely. Sending you our understanding and consolation, knowing that the strain and the pain will eventually ease. May beautiful memories sustain and comfort you.
Kimberly MorleySusan, my deepest sympathy to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Kimberly
Mary FlanniganWillie: I am so very sorry to hear of John's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time
Christina and Dan PellarinSusan, Steve and Michelle, Jen and families: We are so very sorry for your loss. Please know that although we cannot be there, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this very difficult time. We will always remember John’s infectious smile and heartfelt laugh. He will be missed by all who knew him. With love and kindness, Christina and Dan Pellarin and family.
Anita OzolinsI am so sorry for your loss Jen and Susan, John was such a lovely man and I have very fond memories of our holidays together on Roatan Island celebrating Christmas in style, and enjoying outdoor hot tubs Canadian style. John was a big warm bear of a man with a giant loving heart and he will be dearly missed. Sending you big hugs and love from Darwin, Australia. Anita xxx
Bryn MacDonaldSusan and family: John was one of a kind! It was great to work with him at LDE, he always had such a great attitude. Thinking of you all - he loved you all so much. I know you'll have some great memories to look back on for years to come! xoxo
Maria Santos and family (Fatima’s sister)So sorry for your loss Susan and family. Our condolences to you and your family. Wishing you all the strength and hope you get better as well. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Maria and Carlos Santos.
shawn and Patricia PatrickDear Jennifer and Ryker It was a honour getting to know and meet your mom and John, the were beautiful, loving, caring people and they will be greatly missed. we are praying for you both and your family. Love you Patricia
PaulinaAlicia, I am deeply and sincerely sorry for the loss of your father. No matter wherever he is, he’ll always be watching over you. Thinking and praying for you and your family.
Ann SnowTiana, Krista and Alicia i cannot begin to tell you how very sorry I am . You and your families are in my thoughts and prayers. Your Dad was a lovely man...a great big smile and a heart to match. He will always be with you...memories are a wonderful thing
Steve and Tania LewisTiana, Krista, Alicia and families, it has been our privilege to have known your father. He had the most wonderful smile that lit up the room! His wife and family was his pride and joy! May the memories you hold in your heart bring healing and peace to your soul. Our sincere sympathy!
Harry & Ginnie BakerOur thoughts and prayers hold the family and friends of John. We are saddened to hear of this devastating loss. May each of you seek the love; comfort; and support that is necessary for your grieving journey and keep close to your hearts the gifts of John and how these gifts contributed to the betterment of your lives. Strength; courage; and great faith be the blessings that guide you one day at a time. CYH
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