Hendrik "Henk" Getkate

Obituary of Hendrik "Henk" Getkate

GETKATE, Hendrik   (June 3, 1937 - November 1, 2019)

“T’is not ours to choose the force or the direction of the wind. Ours is the set of the sail.”

Henk Getkate, of Brighton, Ontario, has ended his faith filled journey on earth and he is home with his Lord.

Henk was a devoted husband, father, Opa and brother.  He was a student throughout his life. A pastor, sailor, builder, investment and financial planner, philanthropist, Rotarian, friend. He was friend of Jesus and in a number of ways an unusual child of God. He knew God loved him and with that love Henk loved God, his family, friends and others.

Henk is lovingly remembered by Patricia, his wife of 59 years. His “princesses”: Liana (Ken) Vos, Glenda (Walt) Schaly, Patricia (Steven) Eckhoff, Johanna (Bill) Ebbers. His grandchildren: Arend Getkate, Rachael (Scott) Pearson, Adam (Jill) Vos, Tarah Stokes, Samantha Ray, Jacob Schaly, Johanna Schaly, Erica Schaly, Ryan (Whitney) Eckhoff, Nathan Eckhoff, Christopher Ebbers, Emily Ebbers, and 7 great grandchildren.

The family will host visitation on Friday, November 8th, 6-8pm, at Brighton Fellowship Church, 204 Main St., Brighton, Ont. A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, November 9th, at 1 pm at Brighton Fellowship Church.

In lieu of flowers and in memory of Henk’s lifelong love of learning, if desired, donations may be made to one of the local Christian Schools (Belleville District Christian School, Trenton Christian School, Quinte Christian High School) or to the Brighton Public Library.  Donations can be made by contacting Steele Funeral Home, 30 Moira Street West, Belleville (613-968-2273), by donating online through the funeral home website www.steelefuneralhome.ca or contacting the charities directly.


Belleville District Christian School, 18 Christian School Rd, Belleville, Ontario.  K8N 4Z5 (613-962-7849)



Trenton Christian School, 340 2nd Doug Hill Rd, Trenton, Ontario. K8V 5P7 (613-392-3600)



Quinte Christian High School, 138 Wallbridge-Loyalist Rd, Belleville, Ontario. K8N 4Z2 (613-968-7870)



Brighton Public Library, P.O. Box 129, 35 Alice Street, Brighton, Ontario. K0K 1H0 (613-475-2511)








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