Tuesday 30 March 2021

Remembering Henk Hart

Dear Friends,

On March 15, we lost ICS’s founding Senior Member, Henk Hart. Speaking personally, Henk was my mentor at ICS, serving as my graduate supervisor at both the Master and Doctoral levels. But he was much more than a fine, caring teacher to me; he was also my close friend and confidante, and I will miss him terribly. I was extremely fortunate to have been able to visit him at his home with my wife Cheryl the day before he died. We all thought he had several weeks if not months left to live. Apparently, Henk did too, because he had just purchased a new camera and was looking forward to taking pictures of the birds migrating north over Lake Ontario this spring. So, although we were expecting this news eventually, it still came as a sudden shock to us. In lieu of my usual President’s message, I would instead like to preface our monthly prayer letter with a moving memorial tribute penned by Jim Olthuis, Henk’s dear friend and colleague of 65 years (which can also be found on our website). Please join us in giving thanks to God for Henk’s life, a life lived fully and well, in generous service to God’s coming kingdom of shalom.


Ron Kuipers

Toronto, March 25, 2021