Adrian was SPL’s part-time mechanic and community member for 30 years. Back in the late ’70s Jim Boulding described Adrian as a ‘Happy Warrior.’ He continued to provide advice, and charm both guests and staff. We miss him.
11 June 1947 – 25 January 2012
Adrian was confronted with the devastated diagnosis of cancer which ended his life much too soon and in such short time. He passed away peacefully at home.
Adrian was the 7th child born to Adrianus Koeleman and Catharina Koeleman-van den Burg in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. He left to mourn his daughter Zoe (Shawn) Read and his grandchildren Oliver and Joshua. His siblings Reno (Florence), Cornel (Rob), Pieter (Beja), Jan (Mick), Joost (Piet), Annemiek (Jan). Many nephews and nieces. His ex wife Sandy Spearing, his good friend and caregiver Debbie, friends Jody, Debra and Nancy.
Adrian emigrated to Canada at the age of 16 where he became a heavy duty mechanic. Before he started a family he travelled the world, lived for a year in Australia before he settled on Quadra Island. He built his log home on Quadra Loop. Later he built his home on the cliff looking out over beautiful Hyacinth Bay and Rebecca Spit.
He worked mainly for forest companies and since the seventies he had a close connection with the Strathcona Lodge, which he maintained till his retirement in 2008. He joined then the Quadra Fire Department.
He was loved by many people on Quadra Island.
During his illness he was lovingly cared for by Debbie.
We like to thank Dr. Keith Graham, Dr. Erika Kellerhals, Dr. Kerry Baerg, the nurses from the home support team for their care and assistance.
There will be no service by request.
A Celebration of Life will be held on February 11th at 2.00 PM in the Community Center on Quadra Island.
Messages for the family may be left at www.campbellriverfunerals.com