• Mar. 1, 2014 8:00 a.m.

After 63 years living on terra firma, I, John Oostenbrink, have transferred my residence to the Kingdom of Heaven. The transfer comes as no surprise as my material has been sent for decades. This material with the Master Builder, Jesus Christ has provided a mansion. The property and citizenship was previously paid for by the blood of Christ. There are no mortgages, no taxes, no insurance; it is completely debt free, and all utilities have been paid for eternity. It is situated in a beautiful neighbourhood where all the resident are called Saints. The city is located in a gated community, and if you know Jesus Christ, I will greet you just inside the gate.

John Oostenbrink loved people by sharing his music and his creative appreciation of nature and art. John was God’s musician – the harmony of music resonated through his soul and he composed wonderful music; the piano was his first choice but he could make any instrument sing. The children’s favourite memories were listening to Dad play the piano while they fell asleep; and Pooba sing as he soothed the grand babies. John leaves a legacy of the wonderful music he has composed and the creativity of his many handcraft talents (he loved tools and puzzles).

Still living on terra firma are his wife, Heidi, his children, Christel Poirier (Kelley), Anita Nixon (Jeremy), Jonathan, and his six precious grandchildren James, Patrick, Eden, Alexis, Elizabeth, and Caleb who know him as their own special Pooba.

A Celebration of John’s life will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church, Cranbrook, BC on Saturday, March 8 at 11 a.m. when we will share John’s music, songs and humour.

Friends may visit Mark’s Memorial website to write expressions of condolences.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to support Heidi until she joins John at his new residence.

The family wishes to thank friends for their loving support.