Edward "Ed" Kornelius

February 11th, 2021

It is with great sadness that we announce the Passing into Glory of Edward (Ed) Kornelius on February 11, 2021 where he was reunited with his father, Doewe; mother, Hendrika; brother, John; as well as other dear friends and loved ones who had passed before him.  He passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his family members.

Ed was initially diagnosed with cancer in December 2019 and underwent bladder surgery in March of 2020 .  On January 18, 2021 he was back in the hospital once again where he was informed the cancer was back and was terminal.  On February 5, 2021 he returned home to spend his remaining time here on earth enjoying the company of his family and loved ones

Ed will be forever loved and missed by Joanne, his wife of 57 years; his children Diana (Jody), Dave (Angie), Susan (Keith) and Karen; his 7 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren; 2 brothers; 3 sisters; numerous extended family; friends and acquaintances.

Ed will always be remembered for his kindness, generosity, and helpfulness.  He dedicated much of his life to helping and serving others.  He worked in a saw mill, was a dairy farmer, a bus driver for Abbotsford Christian Schools and more.  His volunteer work was numerous and included; a crossing guard for Abbotsford Christian Schools; Abbotsford Police Department - Citizens Patrol; Abbotsford Bibles for Missions Thrift Store; Trinity CRC Friendship Ministries; The River Community Church Stream Ministries; an usher at the Abbotsford Entertainment Center and also security at the Abbotsford Agrifair.  He raised thousands of dollars for charities dear to his heart like BC Bowls for Kids and many more.

Ed loved singing and spent many years singing with the Abbotsford Male Chorus and his church’s choirs.  Ed served as both an Elder and a Deacon at his church, Living Hope CRC.

Ed’s hobbies were golfing, bowling and playing pool with his family and friends.

The family wishes to extend thanks to all the staff at ARHCC for their care during Ed’s stays in the hospital.  Also, thank you to the Home Health Care nurses and care-aids and Just Like Family care-aids for their kindness and caring for Ed during his final days at home.

On March 1, 2021 there will be a graveside service attended by immediate family only.  This service will be recorded and a link will be available at:


A celebration of life will be considered at a later date once we are able to gather safely together.  In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to any of the causes that were so important to Ed. 

You are invited to leave a personal message of condolence for the family.


We are so very sorry to hear of Ed’s passing. We will miss him as a fellow volunteer at Abbotsford Entertainment Center . Sending our sincere condolences and sympathy to his family .

The world has lost a very special man. Ed lit up a room with his smile. He was kind and gentle and always so helpful. He will be greatly missed. We have the certainty of knowing where Ed is going and that it is never goodbye, but instead until we meet again. May the God of glory wrap His arms around you and grant you peace.

Our condolences to you and your family, Joanne! Ed was always one we could count on to help with driving our Friendship people and he always knew who would like coffee, tea or juice and also how much cream and sugar. He will be missed, his singing voice and warm personality. May you feel the comfort of God’s loving arms around you as you go on alone.

Joanne and family, my sincerest condolences to all of you. I wish I could be there in person with all of you but love you all and look forward to a time we can all get together again. Love you, dear sister.

Thinking of all of you and wishing you all moments of peace and comfort as you remember your husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather and friend. From our family to all our yours we are sending our healing prayers and comforting hugs. We are so happy you were all able to be with him in his final days. We are so sorry for this incredible loss.

Our condolence to Joanne and family. Ed was such a special friend and golf partner for many years and will be greatly missed. We are great full to have visited him during his final days and witnessed the Peace of the Lord . He'd was a great servant of the Lord. Roger and Irdagdo4fi

Ed was a good neighbour, and we miss him. Bud and I send our sincere sympathy to Joanne and his family. He fought a brave battle and is now free of his pain. Rest in Peace Ed.

Ed was such a kind and wonderful man. He would always be sure to say hello and chat after church every Sunday, and helped my wife feel welcome when she joined Living Hope. It was also always a pleasure talking to him in his volunteer role at the events centre when I worked there. Ed will be missed, but we celebrate that he is now at home with his heavenly Father. Praise God!

Our condolences on the passing of your dear husband, father & grandfather. May you feel the loving & comforting arms of our Lord carrying you through these very difficult days. May your comfort be in the assurance that Ed is home with his Lord & Saviour free from all sickness & pain. We are praying for you! In Christ’s Love, Bill & Clare Tinsley

As Ed and Joannes neighbours we wish to extend our sincere sympathy to Joanne and her very devoted family. Ed was a great neighbour, and always willing to help where he could, and he would just stop and chat as we came and went. We will truly miss him. As his grandson said, Grampa is golfing with Jesus now.

We want to give our condolences to Joanne and also Dianna Jodie,Dave Angie, Susan Keith, and Karen, and grandchildren ,great grandchildren, and also sisters and brorhers , we wish you all peace and blessings from our heavenly Father! To the praise of the glory of his grace! Which He freely bestowed on to us In the beloved, Ephesians 1:6

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