Nicolaas Van Den Assem

Obituary of Nicolaas Van Den Assem

February 25, 1938 - April 17, 2022 


Nicolaas Van Den Assem, beloved husband of Nancy Van Den Assem of Calgary, AB, passed away on Sunday, April 17, 2022, at the age of 84 years.


Nick was born in The Netherlands on February 25, 1938. He was the sixth of eight children. His family immigrated to Ontario in 1952 and he graduated from Queen’s University in 1960 with a BSC in Mechanical Engineering, and the University of Western Ontario in 1965 with an MBA. It was at Western that he met his wife, Nancy.

Nick was a chairman of the society of Automotive Engineers, a member of the society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers, he was also a member of APEGA. Nick was a car enthusiast and enjoyed curling, playing Jeopardy, reading and hiking.


Besides his loving wife of 55 years, Nick is survived by his daughter Susan, son David (Tracey); and his sisters, Margaret (Henry) and Ann (Piet), as well as his brother Ben (Catherine).  He was predeceased by his parents, Johannes and Margareta; sisters, Corrie (Alvin) and Tine (Henk); brothers, Tony (Lee) and John (Joan).


A Celebration of Nick’s Life will be held at a later date. Condolences, memories, and photos may be shared and viewed here.


The family would like to thank the Emergency staff at South Campus Hospital for their kindness and care – especially Mary Ann, R.N.


In living memory of Nicolaas Van Den Assem, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, Ab t2x 3j3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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