1930 - 2023
Frederik Jan Reinders, 1930 - 2023
Fred Reinders passed away peacefully on January 25, 2023 in Burlington, Ontario. He was the beloved husband of Jane, with whom he celebrated 68 years of marriage on January 8, 2023. Loved and survived by their five children - Mike (Colleen) Reinders, Karen (Robb) Powell, Hilda (Rob) Balamut, Phil (Betty) Reinders, Harold (Sharon) Reinders, plus 17 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren, and predeceased by his grandson David Powell.
He was born July 22, 1930 in the city of Drachten, Friesland, The Netherlands. Trained as a civil engineer specializing in marine construction, he immigrated to Canada in 1953, where he married his life long love, Jane, in Brockville, Ontario. After working on the construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway, he was encouraged to achieve Professional Engineer status by attending 4th year Civil Engineering which he completed at University of Toronto in 1960.
Fred’s life was defined by his Christian faith. As a follower of Jesus Christ, he practised his worship of God in his marriage with Jane, his family, business, and charity/church work - always serving and leading, continually looking for solutions and improvement. An avid reader, he loved philosophy and was granted an honourary doctorate of philosophy by the Institute for Christian Studies. Ever the entrepreneur, Fred served on numerous boards, started over 30 companies and challenged hundreds of people in their career development.
The F.J. Reinders & Associates and Maple Engineering & Construction companies were birthed in the basement of the Reinders family home in Rexdale in 1967. Maple was a fitting Canadian name especially in the year of Canada’s centennial. The Reinders consulting firm specialized in the design of marine works, aircraft hangars, notably the Wardair hangar in Toronto, subdivisions, as well as buildings of all sorts including churches, schools, Christian universities, offices, plants and warehouses. The company name was later combined with Maple to be the Maple Reinders Group, now having offices and construction projects across Canada focusing on environmental facilities and building construction.
Fred provided committed leadership to many Christian organizations, serving as a chair, board member or contributor to Toronto District Christian High School, Redeemer University, Kings University, Institute of Christian Studies, Global Scholars, and various Christian Reformed Church boards in Brockville, Toronto and Mississauga.
As a husband and father, Fred carved out time from the business for family vacations, trips to Europe, enjoying time away at the cottage, games and meals. Those qualities and characteristics continue to be lived out by his children and grandchildren.
There will be private family internment. Visitation will be open for all on February 8, 4 pm to 8 pm at ClearView Christian Reformed Church (2300 Sheridan Garden Drive, Oakville). A celebration of life service will be held on Friday February 10 at 3 pm also at ClearView Church.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to The Compass Food Bank (Mississauga) and Kerr Street Mission (Oakville).
Please sign the Tribute Wall at kitchingsteepeandludwig.com
Published Date: February 2, 2023