It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Wally Floris at the age of 87 years. He is survived by Grace (Gerty) his loving wife of 59 years, his 4 children and their spouses, 14 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Wally was born in the little town of De Wilp, in the province of Groningen, the Netherlands on October 28, 1934. He was the third of four children.
In 1957, Wally immigrated to Canada with his widowed mother to join his two siblings and settled in Vancouver, BC.
He was always interested in construction and after he and his business partner of Floris-Jonkman Construction went on their own, Floris Construction Ltd. was formed, specializing in institutional additions and renovations.
Soon after retirement, Wally was diagnosed with a serious heart condition and told he didn’t have long to live. God directed him to amazing medical professionals and graciously allowed him to live for another 25 years. These years were not without their challenges, but he faced them with an unwavering attitude of thankfulness and deep gratitude for the amazing, selfless care from his dear wife.
Over the years Wally was very active in both the church and Christian school. His gentle nature, steady faith and humble wisdom were qualities that earned him the respect of all those who knew him. More than anything, Wally loved His Lord and Savior and knowing that he is with Him now is a great comfort to us all.
Wally is pre-deceased by his parents Johannes and Trijntje, brother Jitse, sister Patsy, granddaughter Hannah and grandson- in- law Darryl.
A memorial service is planned for 2pm on Thursday, April 21 at Emmanuel Free Reformed Church (3366 Mt Lehman Rd) with Pastor J. Schoeman officiating. Refreshments will be served following the service, and all are welcome.
Dear Gerty and Children. We read in the Bulletin and saw that Wally has passed away. That must be particularly, for you Gerty, a terrible loss after such a long very Blessed marriage, and for the children as well. But we all know he is in Heaven, to Glorify his God. Praising Him for ever. What a Blessing. But it will be hard for all of you. We are thinking of you all this time. Greetings from Arij and Aleida.
My husband knows Wally for many years. He will miss him very much. We’ve known him for a few years. He was a nice person to have a conversation with.
Thinking of you and your family. I know Wally will be missed very much. He was a beautiful caring person.