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Tony, owner and operator of “Tony’s Sharp Shop” for over 20 years, passed away peacefully on May 16, 2017 at the age of 77. Tony is survived by his loving wife of 30 years Judy and their 6 children: John (Wendy) and children Julia, Gabrielle and Caroline; Corinne and son Anthony; Anthony (Debbie) and children Marc, Cameron and Jessica; Christina and son Chris; Allison Bottomley (Brad Johnson) and children Aldous and Clara; Laura Bottomley and children Sawyer and Iris. Tony is also survived by his brother John of the Netherlands, sisters, Nellie of New Zealand and Corinna of Australia, mother of his four children Julie Lacerte-Gerrie, and extended family and friends.

Tony was born in Breda, Netherlands in 1940. He immigrated to Canada to work as a farm hand in Dugald, Manitoba at the age of 19. From Manitoba, Tony made his way west to Calgary, becoming and ironworker, meeting his first wife and starting a family or 4 children. It was also in Calgary where Tony had his first work accident; told he would never recover, Tony proved everyone wrong and continued West to Kelowna with his family in 1971. In was in Kelowna where he raised his family and established the Kelowna landmark “Tony’s Sharp Shop”.

Tony and Judy were married in 1986 with friends and family present. In 1994, Tony retired and he and Judy moved to Grand Forks for a brief stay. In 2002, they returned to Kelowna to be closer to their family. In Kelowna, Tony and Judy continued to be involved in their community and active members in the Elks Lodge 52.

In the summer, Tony and Judy enjoyed camping throughout the Okanagan and beyond in their 5th wheel trailer. Tony loved to travel with Judy and together they made frequent trips back to Europe and also explored Australia and New Zealand. Tony enjoyed making wine and fancied himself a master vintner, despite popular opinion. As an avid gardener, Tony took pride in his property, fruit trees and flowers. Fortunately with his large family, he had many ‘helpers’ to maintain the gardens to perfection.

Tony will be fondly remember for his avid storytelling, sense of humour and friendship.

A Celebration of Tony’s Life will be on Sunday, June 4, 2017 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Elks and Royal Purple – Fund for Children www.elksofcanada.ca. For more about Tony’s life and to send condolences visit www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.springfieldfuneralhome.com, 250-860-7077.

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Condolence Messages
  • Jun 11, 2017
    Dear Judy, so sorry to hear belatedly of Tony's passing and your loss. Tony was a very special friend to me when I first moved to Kelowna and he enjoyed teasing me mercilessly. I was thrilled when he met you and I was happy to witness your beautiful wedding day. My heart sends you love and prayers with sympathy. Hugs from Anne Stelzer.
  • May 29, 2017
    Judy and Family,
    Our condolences on the passing of Tony. Tony worked with Don for a number of years and we will always remember his wit and love of reminiscing the old days..and of course the homemade wine. He will be missed by many.
    Don & Evelyn Rondeau
  • May 26, 2017
    Tony, I have so many fond memories of us as kids. You always had a wicked sense of humour and were very imaginative. You had your ups and downs in your life and at the times when the going was tough, coped remarkably well. You quoted Dad by saying: "We Bastiaanssens are a tough breed." When you met Judy you told me she was a Godsend and found true love and happiness with her.
    May you rest in peace, look down at us from heaven and inspire us. You will be missed by family and many friends.
    Corinne, Tony's sister
  • May 24, 2017
    Sorry to hear about the passing of Tony.
    Wishing you strength and peace in these difficult days.
    Karl & Lina Gelauff
  • May 24, 2017
    Judy and family,
    Wishing you peace at this difficult time. Tony will be truly missed by all his family and friends.
    Kathryn Neilsen
  • May 22, 2017
    Corinna, Anthony and Judy, even though I had only met Tony a couple of times it was certainly memorable, in the most positive and humorous of ways. Not to mention the updates from Corinne. I send a huge hug, and to let you know I am sending much love, along with your work family, Corinna, hugs Julie C
  • May 22, 2017
    John, I am so sorry to read of your dad's passing. Thinking of you at this time.
    Gerri Cottle
  • May 21, 2017
    Hello Judy, so sorry to hear about Anthony's passing. Thoughts and prayers to you.
    Wendy Ikesaka, Walmart Pharmacy
  • May 21, 2017
    Judy and family, so sorry to hear of the loss of Tony. He will be missed by all.
    Tony and Kathy Bastiaanssen
  • May 20, 2017
    John, Anthony and family, very sorry to read of your dad's passing. Our thoughts are with you!
    Alan & Margie
  • May 20, 2017
    We are very sad to hear of your loss. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies.
    Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    May your memories be your comfort.
    Edgar and Lynn Fleury
  • May 19, 2017
    Judy and family,
    So sorry to hear of the loss of Tony. I remember hearing of him lots from my mom and step-dad (Pat and Ron Alsop).
    Blessings to all, Wendy Sajna
  • May 19, 2017
    Very sorry to hear of Tony's passing. Beers after work at the Willow for a long time in the eighties. The consummate story teller.
    Jim Parke
  • May 19, 2017
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Domenic and Lina Rampone
  • May 19, 2017
    The Willow will never be the same without you.
    Lloyd Jamieson
  • May 19, 2017
    So sorry to hear of Tony's passing. He was the one to visit, to hear of the world according to Tony and to go on one's way. Remembering his wit and the twinkle in his eyes.
    Condolences to Judy and family. He was very proud of you.
    Regards, Graham Bell