In Memory of



Obituary for Daniel Verwoerd

Daniel Easter Verwoerd passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 7, 2023 at the age of 88 years. Dan is survived by his daughter, Susan (Ron) Fode; grandson, Brandon Moser; step granddaughter, Kendra (Connor) Robinson; sisters, Carol Rose and Karen (Ralph) Hunter; brothers, Jim (Judy) Verwoerd, Tom (Joanne) Verwoerd and their families; sister-in-law, Karin Verwoerd and family; and cousin, Jan (Wimmy) Verwoerd of Amsterdam. He was predeceased by his wife, Louise; son, Dale; father, Dick; step-mother, Della; mother Nellie Berry; step- father, Milton ‘Slim” Berry; brother, Jack Verwoerd; and brother-in-law, Bob Rose. Dan was born June 26, 1934 in Lethbridge, AB. He attended Central Grade School and Lethbridge Collegiate Institude High School (LCI) until 1951. He then went to work for his dad on a Bridge Crew as a Pile Drive Operator in Piapot, SK for over two years. His next job was at Archibald Motors in Lethbridge where a customer recognized his work ethic and wanted him to join their company. He started his career with Jordan’s Carpets Ltd. In 1955. He married Louise Bishop, August 18, 1956 and they welcomed their son Dale on June 24, 1961. He continued to work in the Lethbridge store until 1963 when he was given the opportunity to be an area representative in Medicine Hat and run the business out of his home. They made the move and on March 30, 1964 their daughter Susan was born. Dan was a certified Journeyman Flooring Mechanic for 38 years until his retirement in June of 1993 at the age of 59. Up until the last few years he could remember his customers names, addresses, the carpet and the square footage of the job – Amazing! He was an honest, reliable, hard working, learned man, a perfectionist, whether it was carpentry or any household renovation, there wasn’t a job that he couldn’t handle. His pride and passion was his meticulously manicured vegetable garden. Creating a square foot design of his own with every row perfectly measured and spaced within each square, and not a weed to be found. The reward was harvesting the fruits of his labour. There was one year he boasted about having five - 5 gallon pails of carrots. Pretty sure that was the year Susan’s friend turned orange! Dad loved to BBQ, as soon as spring came around. He didn’t use a fancy gas or propane one, he was adamant on using charcoal brickettes in his Hibachi. We used to poke fun about his OCD, from writing his meals on a calendar, to counting out 40 Mini Wheats for his breakfast every day, to writing down the time the mail was delivered and finally wanting his glass of chocolate milk moved over an inch on his table. His stubborn sense of independence will be sadly missed. Due to health reasons he was admitted into Valleyview, assisted living in October of 2020. October of 2021 he was moved into long term care where he resided until his passing. A heartfelt thank you to the wonderful caregivers at Valleyview who were so supportive, respectful and caring. At Dan’s request there will be no formal service held. Memorial gifts in Dan’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer Society, 770-6th Street SW, Medicine Hat, AB T1A 4J6. Condolences may be sent to subject heading Daniel Verwoerd.