Michael Klass Vander Horn

Born: Thu., Feb. 11, 1960
Died: Thu., Feb. 14, 2019


Celebration of Life

Sat., Feb. 23, 2019
Location: Chalk River Legion


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Michael Vander Horn

On February 14, 2019, Michael Vander Horn of Deep River, age 59 years, said ‘so long for now’. Incredibly loving husband & best friend to Karen & amazing Dad to Sean of Bowmanville & Adam of Deep River. Deeply cherished big brother to Aimée (Mike Miller, Chalk River) & devoted son-in-law to Brian and Kay Hanright of Ottawa.  Close brother-in-law to Glenn (Gina) of Taiwan. He was also an amazing Uncle Mike" to his 6 nieces Salina, Kristina, Nicole, Natasha, Andrea & Caroline.

Mike has joined his beautiful baby girl Breanna. He is also predeceased by his brother Jan Mark , his Mom Jeanne Mance and Dad Jan.

At such a difficult time we are all held by the joy Mike brought every day to his family and many friends. He loved life and made sure to make time for things that mattered to him, like riding his motorbike with Karen on the back through his beloved Ottawa Valley roads. He was a friend that was always there and quick to help (especially when a chainsaw was involved). He loved his Timmies triple-triples,  picking blueberries with family in the bush, Hawaiian sunsets and the many days spent at the cottage with the family he loved so completely. He had his 40th anniversary (wow!) at CNL this past December and loved the many colleagues and friends that made his work so enjoyable.

Mike was generous and kind and taught us all how to find joy in the everyday. His great sense of humour, quick smile, contagious laugh and easy going nature made a real difference and his legacy will carry on with those who were touched by the gift of having him in their lives.

Join us for a celebration of Mike at the legion in his beloved Chalk River on Saturday, February 23rd from 12-3pm.

In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in Mike’s name to the DRDH Foundation or the Renfrew County OSPC.

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Randy & Mary Ann Tennant
   Posted Fri February 15, 2019
Sincere sympathies to Mike’s family. We will always remember his laughter and great sense of humour.

Myra Homier
   Posted Fri February 15, 2019
My condolences to the family. We were neighbors for a time in Deep River.

Tracy Cunningham
   Posted Fri February 15, 2019
I'm so saddened hearing of Mike's passing. He was most definitely a fixture in NRU'S history. My sincerely condolences to Mike's family.

Odile, Eva & Patrick Marquis
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Our hearts go out to Karen, Sean and Adam. Our condolences to bereaved family and friends.
Mike was a genuine nice guy, always smiling, he had a huge laugh you could hear across the valley. He will be missed.
Rest in peace Mike.

Kelly Lloyd
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
I worked with Mike at CNL. I remember his infectious laugh. He was a great person to work with, always ready to help no matter what. He was someone you loved to be around. You will be missed my friend.

Denise & Kirk McCutcheon
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Our deepest condolences to Mike's family we both worked with Mike through the year's at CNL and he was always brought a laugh with him he will certainly be missed.

Lesslie williams
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Aimee and Mike's family, I am sorry to hear of Mike's passing. Mike grew up in the house beside my pappy (Ken Hunt) on Kings Road (Hunts rd)

Joseph Eric Garner
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
I will never forget that laugh. I miss you Mike

William Rice
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
I am very sorry here about mike on Thursday went I hear about it I had to ask people if they are talking about right Mike I work with Mike in Labor in stage our years of work I work with him in our years in RP . There was lot fun we had if anyone new NRU it was Mike he was good friend to everyone who like him Mike would go his way out to help anyone , he be miss I am so sorry !!~!!

Tara Tooley
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
I'm so saddened to hear about the loss of Mike , Aimée. My heart aches for you and your family.
Thinking of you xoxo

Tom and Lisa Moran
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
We are so saddened to hear of the passing of Mike. Our hearts are breaking for his family at this time. He will be greatly missed.

Shanon Brandt
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
My deepest sympathies go out to Mike's family and friends. I worked with Mike for the past 10 years, and it will be very difficult to no longer see his smiling face and hear his laugh on a daily basis.

Cheryl Hubert & Jeff Raven
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Our sincere condolences to Aimee and your family on the passing of your brother. Sending a prayer your way.

Sue Leach
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
So sorry for your loss Karen.

Jeff Wilson
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
My sincere condolences on the sudden passing of Mike.
He was a genuine and nice man, with an easy laugh and helpful nature.
He will be missed. Better days ahead.
Jeff and Carmen Wilson.

Gene & Brenda Lamirante
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Deepest sympathies to Mike’s family and friends. He was a highly regarded “fixture” in NRU and well liked for his happy outlook and sense of humour.

Rob and Linda Stewart
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Aimmee, Mike and family so sorry for your loss, thinking of you all

Karen Gilbert ( Murgatroyd )
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Dear, Karen, Sean and Adam,
I am so sorry for your loss. You are all in my thoughts.
Sending all our
love,
Karen, Gillian and Kayleigh xx

Karl G Noll
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
I am deeply sorry to hear of Mikes passing. He was a cherished work colleague for many years. Our prayers go out to all his family at this time may he rest in peace.

Shawn Callahan
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
My deepest sympathies to the entire family. I worked with Mike for many years in NRU. I'll never forget his laugh! May he rest in peace!

Luc Levesque
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
My condolences to Mike, he was one of my life savers at my accident on the plant road when I hit a moose. RIP my friend

Hunter and Penni Law
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
So sorry for your loss.you are in our thoughts and prayers

Sue D'Eon
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Karen, Sean and Adam, We were so very sad to hear this and pass on our deep sympathy. You are in our thoughts. Big Hugs. Sue & Steve

Brian Ashcroft
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
So sad to hear about mikes passing , i had a lot fun times over the years working with mike at the plant. My condolences to his family. RIP Buddy

Travis O’Neil
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
My deepest sympathy goes out to Mike’s family. I worked with Mike in NRU. I have good memories from a short, but eventful motorcycle ride I had with Mike. He was a positive energy that will truly be missed.

Hugh and Cathy MacDonald
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Dear Karen and family, Hugh and I are so sorry to hear about Mike. Our condolences to all of you during this difficult time.

Donna and Ron Milks
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Thinking of you Aimee and Mike, so sorry for your loss. Sending our condolences.

Debi, Rick and family (Rousselle)
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
It saddens me to know that your beautiful smile and your genuinely kind heart, are broken, Karen. Life certainly can be unkind to those who have a way of making others smile, as you and Mike had/have that gift. Thinking of you as well as your family.

Todd & Barb
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Karen
We are deeply saddened to hear of Mike’s passing.
Our condolences go out to you, Adam and Sean.
May he RIP

Pam and Craig
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
My husband Craig work with Mike at aecl great guy funnie and kind l served him at Tim's and aecl CAF he will be missed god bless is wife and kid and friends and family

Dave and Cindy Barrington
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
We are so saddened to hear of Mike's passing. Condolences and prayers to bring peace to your hearts at this difficult time.

LeeAnn Alcock
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Mike and I car pooled together and worked in NRU together as well. I only knew him for 18 months but we chatted a lot about our families. Karen he loved you like no other and was proud of all the hurdles that you both overcome together. To both his sons he talked quite a bit about both of you and his chest swelled with pride with every word he said. Please stay strong and if you need anything I'm right down the street. To Mike buddy I'll miss all the stories and laughs we shared. Miss ya

Bob beland
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
I worked and enjoyed Mikes company in my years at AECL. So sorry for his families loss

Heather Rudzinski
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
My deepest sympathy to Mike’s family and friends. I worked with Mike on shift in NRU. He was always cheerful and fun. His laugh was so unique, you always knew when he was around. After I left NRU he remained so friendly with me, always ready to give me a high-five on his way back from lunch. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Nancy and Steve Sullivan
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Dear Karen and family,
We are so sorry for the tragic loss of Mike. Steve worked with Mike often and said how easygoing and nice he was. This has to be the hardest part of life...to be separated from the ones we love. Our hearts hurt for you....you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Tara Stevens
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Sending lots of love and prayers to the whole family during this difficult time. I was blessed to have known Mike for 10 years and worked alongside him in NRU. He was many things to me a jokester a mentor and a confidante. I will never forget his laughter and happy go lucky personality. He was truly a one of a kind great man who will always have a special place in my heart.
Rest in peace Michael xo

Connie Carroll
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Karen...My Sister/Friend, I am sending love,for words are pointless right now. Love Always "Con" XOXO

Sharon Bertrand
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
My prayers are with your family at this time. Michael was a very caring and compassionate person. His smiles will be missed.

Sheldon and Lise Kean
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
We were deeply saddened to hear about your loss. We have recently just seen Mike with his big beautiful smile. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to you Aimee and your family.

Robert and Tracey Luiz
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Our Deepest Sympathy,
Karen,Shawn,and Adam.
Also thinking of you all Kay And Brian.
Prayers always.
Sincerely,
Robert and Tracey Luiz.

Laura Klodt (Shier)
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Aimeè, I am saddened and so sorry for the loss of your brother. He was so young. Living down the road so many years ago, I remember he was always a happy, friendly guy. He will be missed by many.

Ronald Davis
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
My thoughts are very much with you.

Dan & Lise Adshead
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Our hearts go out to All of your family, in this time of sorrow. His laugh, smile and funny personality will always live on in all of you.

Monie & Ain Armvert
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
We are so sorry to hear this very sad news, healing hugs all around

Melanie McFadden
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Sincerest condolences to your family. I will always remember Mike for his smile, his laugh, his witty sense of humour and for the loyalty he showed for his friends and family. He will truly be missed by many.

Tim Soikie
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Karen, Adam and Sean.

I have a lot of good memories with Mike and all of us.
He was a funny sweet and helpful man to me, and so much more to you.

I love all of you and I'm so sorry that you have to go through this now.
My sincerest condolences.

Glen Sack
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Mike you were always so full of life , I kept fixing and rebuilding your race sled and yet you always had faith in it , you will be missed good and true friend, RIP Mike.

Jody Hennessey
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Karen, please accept my heartfelt sympathies on the loss of your husband. Hugs, Jody

Teresa Graveline
   Posted Sat February 16, 2019
Saddened to hear of Mike's passing. I knew Mike when I worked at CNL in the Radiation Protection Branch; I was the Administrative Assistant. I was known as "Mother Teresa" to all of the Radiation Surveyors, Contamination Monitors and Utility Workers. Every time I met Mike, he had a great smile and contagious laugh and he would say "Hello Mother". RIP Mike.

Bra Taylor
   Posted Sun February 17, 2019
Karen
Please accept my sincerest condolences on your tragic loss. I am so sorry and sad for you and your family and you are in my prayers.
Aunt Bea

Murray Mitchell
   Posted Sun February 17, 2019
I have known Mike probably since he was born, and had the pleasure to call him my friend. He will be missed by many. My condolences to his family. Murray Mitchell

Don Irvine
   Posted Sun February 17, 2019
Had lots of fun with Mike over the years we worked together thinking of you Mike rip. Don irvine

Dean and Diane Taylor
   Posted Sun February 17, 2019
We are so sorry to hear of the passing of Mike. He will always be in our prayers. May the strength of the family hold you with memories of great love and joy.

Helene Burke
   Posted Sun February 17, 2019
Just heard that my cheery backyard neighbour is gone. I'm very sad.

Celine Taillon
   Posted Sun February 17, 2019
C'est avec tristesse que nous avons appris cette nouvelle si soudaine, je tiens à souhaiter toutes mes condoleances à ma cousine Aimé, ainsi qu'à son épouse et ses enfants. Les derniers souvenirs avec Michael, sont lors du rassemblement de la famille Mailhiot au Lac Saint-Jean qui fùt trop court. Repose en paix cher cousin. Xx

Suzanne and David Dunford and family
   Posted Sun February 17, 2019
So sad to hear this news. Hugs to Karen, Sean and Adam.

Mike Phillips
   Posted Sun February 17, 2019
I am so sorry to hear of Mike's passing. My deepest sympathies to all of you. Though I haven't seen him in years, I have very fond memories of our times with Mike, his parents, and Jan Mark, and Aimee. Again, my condolences, Mike Phillips (Gardiner, Maine).

Pierre Mailhiot
   Posted Sun February 17, 2019
Deeply saddened to hear of Michael's passing. I really enjoyed reuniting with him after fifty years at the Mailhiot reunion. My sympathies to his entire family.

Bernie and Jane Rosien
   Posted Sun February 17, 2019
Karen, Sean and Adam
We are so sad for your loss.Our hearts go out to you and Your parents and other family members.
Hold on to the many beautiful memories that you have shared over the years.Our prayers are with you all.
Love Jane and Bern

Aidan Leach
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
We'll miss you tons here in NRU, Mike, your laugh and sense of humour always made the days better. Our thoughts are with the family in this unbelievably difficult time.

Darlene Root
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
Our deepest sympathies toyou Karen, Sean and Adam with the loss of Mike. May your wonderful memories of him carry you through this most difficult time. Hugs to you all. Darlene & John

Larry and Sylvette
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
So sorry to hear about Mike's passing, Karen,we are thinking about you and the family.
I will miss the chats I had with Mike, at the lake, and his willingness to bring people together.

Craig and Carol
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
Dear Karen....our deepest sympathies and prayers go out to you. We spend a great deal of our time at the reunion last summer sitting and talking to Mike and enjoyed getting to know him better. So sad to hear this tragic news. Love Craig and Carol.

Brett and Kim
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
Dear Karin,Sean and Adam.Our hearts are heavy and we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.Mike will forever be with everyone who loved and knew him; for his spirit will always be present here on earth, through the good deeds that he had done.He was kind.He was family.Love always your cousin Brett and Kim.

Cameron & Anne Barr
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
Mike will be missed around NRU by all. Our condolences to the family.

Mitchell Fedorchuk
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
My deepest sympathy to Karen, Sean, Adam and the family. I will always remember mikes funny stories, the big fires and how he loved using that chainsaw at the cottage. Rest In Peace Mike.

Perley Walsh
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
Deeply saddened to hear that Mike is no longer with us. He was always pleasant to work with. He had an infectious laugh (often we didn't know why he was laughing). From our conversations I know he loved you deeply Karen, Sean and Adam. He will be missed.

Lise Mailhiot
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
Saddened to hear about Michael. Deepest condolences to his family.

Kathy Arkles
   Posted Mon February 18, 2019
Karen Sean and Adam

We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Mike, great dad and awesome husband. He was a great guy and always had that smile on his face whenever you saw him. Mike and I go way back and we always had a great time. His parents were awesome as well. RIP Mike LUV you KAS LOL

Kathy, Jim, Bradley and Jessica Arkles

Marion and Gerald Chaput
   Posted Tue February 19, 2019
To Karen & Family
So sorry for your loss Mike was a great guy and will be miss.
Take care❤️

Eddie McGee
   Posted Tue February 19, 2019
I am deeply saddened by the passing of Mike he will surely be missed by many! My sincere condolences to Karen and the boys and the rest of Mikes family!

Casey Erin Marley Adshead
   Posted Tue February 19, 2019
Our hearts and thoughts go out to you all. Mike will be dearly missed. May your hearts be filled with memories of happy times together and the love you shared. Our sincere condolences.

David Bechamp
   Posted Wed February 20, 2019
My heart goes out to Mikes Family as I have known Mike for most of his 40 years here at AECL/CNL RIP my Friend

Ken Taylor and shannon jobidon
   Posted Thu February 21, 2019
Such sad news of his passing. Condolences to family. RIP Mike.

Patti-sue
   Posted Thu February 21, 2019
Aimee ,Mike and family ,I am so sorry to hear of Michael’s passing.Please know that I am thinking of you all at this difficult time. So sorry for your loss .xo

Shelly Cull
   Posted Thu February 21, 2019
Karen and your dear family, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Mike. Thinking about you and if you need anything please let me know. I am not able to make the celebration of Mike’s life but I will be thinking of you and your family tomorrow. Hugs Shelly Cull

todd yourth
   Posted Thu February 21, 2019
I extend my deepest sympathies to his family and sister Aimee. Will always remember Mike.

Paul Racicot
   Posted Fri February 22, 2019
My deepest condolences to The Vander Horn Family for your loss. Working with Michael was always a pleasurable experience with his quick wit and infectious laughter the time spent on any task seemed to pass quickly. Though I only had the pleasure of working with Mike for three years my memories of him will always be positive and bright. We often shared Sudoku puzzles for break times. He was better at the harder puzzles but it helped me up my game as well. It's sure that where ever he is the place is brighter and happier than before he arrived. Peace.

Karen Tompkins
   Posted Fri February 22, 2019
In memory of Mike I have made a donation to the OSPCA. March 4th is OSPCA Cupcake Day and I will be sure to buy cupcakes in his name. I bet he'd laugh if I told him that.
My condolences to his family and all his friends as well. We will all miss him very much.

Jacqueline Searle (Matt's mom)
   Posted Sat February 23, 2019
I just heard about your sad news. My deepest condolences to you, Adam and to your family. Although I did not know your father well, he always looked so happy to watch your baseball games, with a smile his Timmy's. That's how I'll remember him. Hold on to those wonderful memories of your dad. You'll cherish them to get you trough the difficult times ahead.

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