Sadly, Albert’s family announce his passing on Thursday, May 31, 2018. He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Rasker, of Parksville, BC; brothers, Fre, Gerit, Martin, and Ben Rasker of Groningen, Netherlands; daughters, Theresa (Diether) Suoth, Marieanne (Gert) Schlaman and Joanne (Dick) Rasker; and step-children, Chris (Jane) Ibbott and Julie Ibbott, both of Oshawa, Ontario and Lisa (Lewis) Paine of Parksville, BC. Albert was also blessed with 11 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews in the Netherlands. He was especially fond of his nephew, Marco and niece, Corrie.
Born in Adorp, Albert lived in Groningen, Netherlands where he worked for the family bakery delivering bread on his bicycle. He participated in national dance competitions and ice skated on canals. In 1955, he immigrated to Canada and lived in places such Winnipeg, Carberry, Kapuskasing and Ottawa finally settling in Oshawa. Albert had many jobs such as a butler in Manitoba, a baker and cook in north Ontario.
He worked for 25 years at the Oshawa GM Truck plant and was a member of CAW Local 222. Albert was a volunteer for St. John’s Ambulance for over 20 years where he was the first aid attendant at many Oshawa General’s hockey games, and car races at Mosport Race Track.
Albert and Mary retired to Qualicum Beach, BC in 1988. They enjoyed their island life immensely and Albert especially enjoyed salmon fishing. In their retirement, they both enjoyed exploring the outdoors with their dog, Shannon, and travelled extensively to New Zealand, Costa Rica and took many cruises.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Stanford Place for their compassionate care of Albert during his time with them. In keeping with Albert’s wishes, no services will be held. Those wanting to honour his memory may do so by making a donation in his name to the Alzheimer’s Society of British Columbia, http://alzheimer.ca/en/bc/Get-involved/Ways-to-donate.