Anthony “Tony” Nienhuis

Sunday, 08 November 1936 - Saturday, 09 September 2017

Death Notice

After a long, hard fought battle, Tony passed peacefully with his loving wife by his side at St. Joseph’s Hospice on Saturday, September 9, 2017 at the age of 80. He shared 59 years with his beloved wife Sally (née Leaver). Cherished father of Rick (Karen), Steve (Wendy) and LeeAnne (Dave) Cadieux. Predeceased by his daughter Alana, partner Jon Horner, and granddaughter Emma. Loving grandpa to Andy, Kait (Donnie), Nikki, Carly (Scott), Jacey, Nicole, Courtney and Chloe; and great-grandchildren Gage, Emerson and William. Dear brother to Tina (Rennie) Van Dalen, Jake (the late Diane), Hank (Pat), Nick (Josie), Marian (Charles) Winegard and Peter (Joan). Also remembered by many nieces and nephews. Tony grew up in Groningen, Netherlands and immigrated to Canada in 1952. He soon began working at Polysar, where he worked for 35 years as a process operator. He was the happiest with a fishing rod in his hand and he spent as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors. Tony was an avid hunter in his youth, loved his motorcycle and was also a wonderful gardener throughout his life. We would like to thank Dr. Maddison and the entire staff at St. Joseph’s Hospice for such compassionate care, the terrific C.C.A.C. nurses who cared for Dad at home, and the pharmacy team at Point Care for such great personal service. We would also like to thank everyone who has sent prayers and supported us throughout Tony’s long battle. Friends and family have been so wonderful and we feel very blessed to have all of you in our lives. Cremation has taken place.


A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m., with family and friends being received from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., on Thursday, September 14, 2017 at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A private family burial of ashes will take place in Blackwell Cemetery.


In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice (cheques only at the funeral home please).

26 Condolences

  • Mary McHenry September 13, 2017 07:23pm

    Thinking of you LeeAnne and you whole family, at this very difficult time. His fight is over, but it was obvious that he was a man who loved his life and family and was not about to give it up easily.
    With sympathies, Mary

  • Sue ( LeNeve) Neely September 13, 2017 09:42am

    Dear Sally, Rick, Steve and Leanne,
    I am so terribly sorry to hear of Tony's passing. may the Love and Memories you hold in your heart help you thru this very difficult time.
    All my love! Sue xoxoxo

  • Janice Ed Brennan, Bob Marg Scott, Ian Chris Scott September 13, 2017 07:42am

    To all of the Nienhuis family....we are thinking of you all at this sad time. Hoping all your great memories of him help to carry you through the months ahead.

  • Sue Macklin September 12, 2017 06:38pm

    Our deepest sympathy Steve, Wendy and family.

    Gail Thomas, Sue & Ken Macklin.

  • Ken Bonnie Wilkinson September 12, 2017 09:07am

    Sally & Family we were so sorry to hear of Tony's passing! You are in our thoughts! Hugs

  • TODD CINDY McLAM September 11, 2017 04:00pm

    Deepest sympathies to the Neinhuis families...from Boomer & Cindy.

  • Your friends coworkers at Koch Heat Transfer September 11, 2017 01:11pm

    Our condolences to you and your family.

  • Lise and Ward Jackson September 11, 2017 12:31pm

    We are so very sorry to hear of your loss and offer our deepest sympathies and condolences at this very sad time.

  • Bev Horodyski September 11, 2017 09:39am

    I hope you all feel surrounded by much love at this sad and difficult time.
    Tony is at peace now and is no longer in pain. Remember the happy times shared, and I know Steve has lots of fishing stories and memories shared his Dad. My thoughts and special prayers are with the entire Nienhuis Family.
    Love Bev

  • Michele Le Neve September 11, 2017 08:20am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. Thinking of you all.

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