Mr. John Smids March 31, 1935 - August 04, 2004 Funeral arrangements by Bowman Funeral Home SMIDS: God spoke, "It is enough!" and took unto Himself, John Smids, on Wednesday, August 4, 2004, after a lengthy battle with cancer. John was born in Surhuizum, Holland, 69 years ago to the late Weibe Smids and Linda (Vander Naalt). After immigrating to Canada in 1948, John followed in his father's footsteps and became a carpenter. John was the dearly beloved husband of Gerty (Dryfhout) Smids since 1960. Their marriage was blessed by three children and eleven grandchildren. Dad and Opa will be lovingly rememberd by Len and Margaret Wassenaar (Andrew, Daniel, Nadine and Eric), Andrew and Linda Westerveld (Eryn, Jonathan, David and Michael), and Wesley Smids (Joshua, Jessica and Gabriella). Also a beloved brother of Tina and Harry Schenk, Sally Vandersluis, Fred and Millie Smids and Jane Buma and Nick. Fondly remembered by many relatives and friends in Canada and Holland. John died fully believing in the saving grace of his Lord and Saviour. "A sinner saved by grace!" Friends will be received at the Bowman Funeral Home, 4 Victoria Avenue, Chatham, (352-2390) for visitation on Sunday, August 8, from 2-4 and 7-9pm. A funeral service will be conducted at Grace Christian Reformed Church, 255 Tweedsmuir Ave. W., Chatham, on Monday, August 9, 2004 at 1:00pm with Seminarian Nathan Gritter officiating. Interment in Maple Leaf Cemetery, Chatham. Online condolences may be left at www.obituariestoday.