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Andre M. Jongepier, District Chief

December 24, 2022

Suddenly at his residence, on Saturday, December 24, 2022, in his 60th year. Beloved husband of Susan for 31 years. Loving and devoted dad of Nicholas (Liz), Benjamin (Sasha), and Karlee (Ben). Much loved son of Leny (late John) and son-in-law of Betty (late Roy). Dear brother of Jolande (Jerry), Wendy (Gerald), Marlene (Gary), Jeff (Kristine), Julie (Jens) and Carolyn (Todd); and brother-in-law of Kristen (Tom), and Vicki (Bill). Also missed by many nieces and nephews. Andre was a member of the London Fire Department for 32 years and was devoted to his career. He loved his family and always put them first. In his spare time, Andre enjoyed cycling, music and concerts, the outdoors, animals, tinkering on cars and bikes, and played hockey with the Fire Department Brother’s team. He was also a member of the Peer support on the Fire Department and donated his time to other charitable events, including the Muscular Dystrophy Canada Boot Drive. Visitation will be held at Westview Funeral Chapel, 709 Wonderland Road North, London, on Monday, January 2, 2023 from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. with words of remembrance at 5:00 p.m. Those wishing to make a donation in memory of Andre are asked to consider Muscular Dystrophy Canada.

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~ London Professional Fire Fighters Retiree Association

My condolences on your loss. May the many wonderful memories help you through this difficult time. Mr. Koczwara (from St. Thomas Aquinas)

~ Bob Koczwara

Our deepest sympathies. May the love of family and friends surround your family during this difficult time.

~ Tony & Teresa Schirru

Our deepest condolences to all of you. We are saddened by Andre's sudden and unexpected death. I attached a picture of how we remember Andre.

~ Marty en Sophavy Jongepier

My deepest sympathy to Susan and family in this time of Andre’s sudden passing. My Sincere thoughts are with you. Love, Aunt Eleanor

~ Eleanor Smith

Praying that The Lord will grant comfort to the family during this difficult time.🙏

~ Joan & Burt Townsend

Susan and family, My deepest condolences for the loss of Andre. Although we never worked together, I would see him often at shift change. His sense of humour and devotion to the job was always very evident. He will be greatly missed.

~ Sam Stephenson

It was an honour to work with you. Your positive and calm approach to any challenges will be missed by everyone at the LFD. Sadly you were taken far too soon! Rest in peace Chief.

~ Gary Bridge

Susan & Family, Tim and I want to give you our heartfelt condolences on the loss of your Dear Andre. No words can help the grief you must feel. Please know that you are in our hearts and thoughts during this time.

~ Donna Vogel

My condolences for the loss of a great man. Andre was my first captain when I started on the fire department at station 9. I looked up to him as a mentor. He always had a calm demeanour, and treated everyone with respect. He will be greatly missed.

~ Jeremy Hiltz

So Sorry for your loss! My mother Janie was in the Dutch club with Leny

~ Winnie Blane nee Dockstader

Our deepest sympathies for the loss of your husband and father. We are a family who has benefited from the services at Muscular Dystrophy Canada…. for our daughter Danielle Campo McLeod …. The firefighters have been our heroes and we appreciate and honour his contributions. The Campo family

~ Colleen Campo

Deepest condolences from Mike, Aneta and the whole Pszczola family. Keeping the whole family in our prayers

~ Mike and Aneta Pszczola

Susan, Nick, Ben, Karlee and Family, We are so sad for your loss and send you all our deepest condolences. We are thinking of all of you at this most difficult time.

~ Lana and Quinn Feunekes

My deepest condolences to the Jongepier family. I worked with Andre at station 2 and learned very quickly that our district chief had our back at all times. I loved his sense of humor and will cherish the memories spent working with him. Andrew will be greatly missed.

~ Dave Varga

My Heartfelt condolences are with all your family members,friends,and colleagues who worked alongside you for the London Fire Department to keep us citizens so well and safe.

~ Brian Cross

Susan and family, I am so sorry to hear about Andre's sudden passing. Wishing you comfort and peace as you process his loss together.

~ Allison (Daigle) Zietsma

Susan, my heart breaks for you and your family. Sending my deepest condolences.

~ Brenda Kernohan

It was an honour to work with you! Sadly you were taken far too soon!

~ Farrugia's

Our deepest sympathy to the entire Jongepier family .

~ Ray and Tiny Campbell

Dear Susan, I am so sad to hear of your husbands passing. My heart and deepest sympathy is with you and your family at this time.

~ Nancy Strickert

I’ve been lucky enough to work with Andre the past 3 years, but even luckier to have had him as part of my support system as I fought cancer this year. He always found a way to lift me up, even on the darkest days. I am so grateful for the kindness and generosity he’s shown me. It’s very hard to accept that he’s not going to just walk around the corner at Station 2, shoeless and laughing. I’ve never seen a bigger smile than a few days before he passed when I hugged him and told him my cancer isn’t back. The most genuine, beautiful soul I’ve ever met. I am deeply, deeply sorry for your loss and the loss to LFD as well. This is inconceivable.

~ Katerina Barton

Susan and family, I wish to convey my most sincere condolences to all of you on such a significant, unexpected loss. I started on the Fire department on September 10th 1990 with Andre and he finished at the top of our class of 11 with an incredible test score of 99.5%. He was not only very intelligent but he was also compassionate, kind, witty, considerate, responsible, and dedicated to his career and family. I am grateful for his friendship over the years and he is going to be missed terribly by all who knew him, especially his family. May you take some solace in the great memories that you have.

~ Chet Couture

Deeply saddened with this news and my condolences to the entire family.

~ Frank Oliva

We are deeply saddened by Andre's sudden and unexpected death. We valued our many fun and friendly chats as we bumped into each other in our neighbourhood. Our kids' lives were intertwined at St. George and STA. There are no words, but we hope Susan, Nick, Ben and Karlee find comfort and peace through their family and friends. Thinking of you and remembering Andre always.

~ Wayne Newton

Our heart goes out to Susan and family. Condolences.

~ Doug and Lisa Nemeth

Dear Jeff & Kristine, we are so sad for your loss of Andre. It's difficult to comprehend the death of a young man and the grief it leaves for all of you, but especially his wife and children. We do pray for your family, for their comfort and peace. With love, Steve & Martha

~ Steve & Martha Forth

Susan, I was shocked to hear about the sudden passing of your beloved husband. There will never be any words no matter how kind that will mend your family’s hearts 💔 especially during a season that you were expecting to celebrate joy and happiness. But I do hope you and family will find comfort knowing those who care and share your loss wish you comfort and peace of mind. I hope you also find comfort and strength in the love of family and warm embrace of friends. May you snd your family find solace in remembering that those who we hold close to our hearts never truly leave us; they will always live on in the kindness they shared and in the love they brought to the lives of those that were fortunate to know them. Life is the greatest gift God has given to us and Death is only the bridge towards eternal life with God. Certainly, the heavens are rejoicing that another souls has finally reached its true home. “Death leaves a heartache that no one can heal, but love leaves a memory that no one can steal “ Your family’s patriarch is now your family’s guardian.👼 Heartfelt condolences to you and all the family. I will keep you and your family in my prayers 🙏 during this difficult time.

~ Maria Fatima Desousa

Susan, My sincerest condolences for you and your family at this time. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love. My heart goes out to you at this difficult time. You and your family will remain in my thoughts and prayers. I am truly sorry for your loss. Nikki

~ Nikki Arthur

Cannot describe how saddened Amy and I felt when we heard this news. I was fortunate enough to work with him as my Captain, mentor and friend. Our thoughts are with Sue and the kids.

~ Jamie Nardachioni

Sue and family; I am so sorry for your loss. I worked at #9 Fire Station with Andre for several years; and as a District Chief I was fortunate to have Andre as one of my officers. He was always professional and someone I could depend on to do a great job. I also played hockey with Andre and we shared many great laughable moments. He was well liked, well respected, and he will truly be missed.

~ Dave Walmsley

To Susan and family. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of Andre. I was lucky enough to get to know him and the family over the years. Andre was an amazing dad, loving partner and a well respected firefighter. Sending all my love to your family during this very difficult time. May his memory be a blessing. Lots of love

~ Ken Hou

A donation has been made to Muscular Dystrophy Canada. Message from the donator: Andre worked with my dad on the department for years and I am lucky enough to be friends with his sons. We both send our deepest condolences to the family

~ Brett Tanner & Andrew Cleary

Services for Andre M. Jongepier, District Chief

Visitation will be held at:
Westview Funeral Chapel
709 Wonderland Road North,
London, Ontario

January 2, 2023 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

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