March 11, 1938 - June 25, 2019
Elbert Beekman passed away peacefully surrounded by family at the Three Hills Continuing Care Centre on June 25, 2019. Left to cherish his memory are his children: Daryll (Jamie) Permann, Randy Permann, Gerrit (Laurie) Beekman, Elbert (Lisa) Beekman, KariLynn (Vince) Gerritsen, Pamela (Robert) Grabinsky, and Desiree (Jerry) Ziegler. His grandchildren: Jamie-Lee (Tyler) Drake, Cathy (Jeff) Ulriksen, Chris (Jocelyn) Permann, Josh (Chandra) Permann, Emily Beekman, Andrew Beekman, Darlene (Erik) Vandekamp, Elisabeth (Brendon) Van Hierden, Elbert John (Kaylee) Beekman, Tyler (Dianna) Gerritsen, Karly (Chance) Bertsch, Conner, Kagen, and Willem Grabinsky, Elise and Coulton Ziegler. He also leaves to mourn 23 great-grandchildren and many extended family members. Elbert was born on March 11, 1938 on the family farm in Uddel, Netherlands and after completing 2 years of Agricultural College in Putten, he immigrated to Canada at age 17 with his family. He spent his life doing what he loved, farming in the Carbon area until his retirement. Throughout his life he enjoyed many hobbies, including hunting with his boys, woodworking, photography, reading, building his own boat and tractor, but especially enjoyed coffee and a visit with friends and family. Dad will be remembered for his kind and gentle spirit no matter the circumstances, and how his faith and his family were of the utmost importance to him.