Floyd Groeneveld was called home to be with his Saviour on Thursday, March 16 at the Red Deer Hospice after a long struggle with cancer.
He leaves his wife of 58 years Alice (Tenhove); his brothers George (Marge) and Jake (Rennie) and his sister-in-law Tina; his daughters Lisa Roth (Jim), Carolyn McAllister (Brent), and Leanne; his sons Allen (Herma) and Joe (Cheryl). He also leaves behind his grand-children Chris (Crystal), Shaun (Roseanna), and Kelsie Roth (Adam Harrington); Joel, Matthew, and Emily; and Danielle, Kaitlyn, Aaron, and Rachel. He was blessed with five great-grandsons: Zander, Seth, Levi, Micah, and Catcher Roth. Floyd was predeceased by his father Johannes, his mother Elizabeth, his sister Penny and brother-in-law Jake Kits, and his brother Len.
Floyd was born in Poortugaal, the Netherlands on July 6, 1935. He immigrated to Canada in 1948 with his parents and siblings. He worked many different jobs as a young man: he was a farm worker, a lumberjack, a coal miner, and a furniture mover. He became a licensed mechanic and opened Floyd’s Penhold Service in 1969.
Floyd was a dedicated volunteer throughout his life. He worked as a deacon at the First Christian Reformed Church, was a founding board member of the Bibles for Missions Thrift Store, worked with refugees from Vietnam and Hungary, visited prisoners at Bowden Penitentiary, volunteered with Inn from the Cold, and held free oil change events for single mothers. Floyd’s remarkable kindness and generosity will be remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing and loving him.
A celebration of Floyd’s life will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 22 at the First Christian Reformed Church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Red Deer Hospice Society. The family thanks Dr. Susan Konynenbelt and the hospice staff for their loving care.