It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Thys (Tom) Buist. Tom went to be with his Lord surrounded by his close family on Dec 14, 2014 at the age of 82. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Henny Buist and his kids Tim (Darlene) Buist, Ken (Cynthia) Buist, Benita (William) Weenink, and Eric Buist. He will be missed by his thirteen grandchildren and his close community of friends and extended family. Tom was born in Middelstum Holland in 1932, into a family of nine children. He is survived by his brother Bob (Jean) Buist and sister Alice Scholing, as well as five siblings in Holland. In 1955 he immigrated to Canada to work with his brother Bob Buist, near Calgary. He met his wife Henny who is also from Holland, in Calgary in 1956 and they married the same year. In 1964 they made the courageous move to a homestead in Bluffton with two young children to begin dairy farming. He and Henny struggled through the first winter, which was one of the worst on record, surviving without power or running water, and milking 10 cows by hand to ship cream for a living. They carved a living out of the land, had two more children and developed a successful mixed dairy and beef farm. They moved to Rimbey in 1992 to the Chester Rimbey place, where they continued to farm until 2011. Tom was a founding member of the Christian Reformed Church in Rimbey and he was passionate about serving the Church and congregation. One of his great pleasures was volunteering at the Rimbey thrift store where he will be sorely missed. In his later years, Tom became an avid cyclist and one of his favorite pastimes was cruising the roads around Rimbey and visiting his family and friends on his bicycle. To the end, Tom maintained a great sense of humor, a quick wit and a love for life. He will be greatly missed by his loving family, his friends and his community. Funeral services were held from the Christian Reformed Church in Rimbey, Alberta on Friday December 19 at 1:30 PM with Pastor Bill Nieuwenhuis officiating. Interment took place in the West Haven Cemetery. If friends desire, memorial contributions may be made to World Renew 3475 Mainway STN LCD 1 Burlington, ON L7R 3Y8 or to The Salvation Army 4837 54 Street Red Deer, AB. T4N 2G5. Expressions of sympathy may be forwarded to the family by visiting
WILSON’S FUNERAL CHAPEL & CREMATORIUM
serving Central Alberta with locations in Rimbey and Lacombe in charge of the arrangements.
Phone: (403) 843-3388 or (403) 782-3366.
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