Sye (Syd) BURUMA


Sye (Syd)

May 22, 1927 – Feb 16, 2016

One day a small plant grew in a pond in a farmer’s field, the next day there were two plants. On the third day there were four; on the fourth day there were eight. Each day the number of plants doubled, 16, 32, 64, 128 and so it went until on the 30th day the pond was full. Not even one more plant would fit. What day was the pond half full? “You quickly voiced your answer with certainty. Did you think about the question or did you want to be the first with the wrong answer?* Born in Blija, Friesland, Holland, he spent his teenage years during the war in occupied Holland. Then a few years in Indonesia fighting for his country? Hogan’s Hero’s was not allowed on the TV if he was in the room; “they make fun of war and there is nothing fun about it”. At 26 he immigrated to Canada with his wife to be Reimke (Pam); first to PEI for a year and then to Red Deer, Alta … “you have to go where the opportunity is, it isn’t likely to come to you”. Initially as a carpenter, then a successful contractor and businessman, he retired to Victoria, B.C. in 1980 at age 53. Retirement included travel and cruising but above all an opportunity to devote more time to investing in the stock market. “Find the best broker you can get, write down everything he tells you and do the opposite; 80% of the time you will make money”. He wasn’t perfect. He had his demons but he loved his wife and son until he died. He was a man, just a man, my father and the best teacher I ever had.

Frank Buruma (son)

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