Andreas Aerts

Obituary of Andreas Aerts


In his 90th year, Andreas Aerts died peacefully with family at his side on December 9th, 2023 at the Sprucedale Care Centre in Strathroy.

Beloved husband of 37 years to Shirley Aerts (Liebrock-Smith); loving father of John Aerts, Jacqueline Crandall (Bob), Patricia Gill (Steve), and Cynthea Thompson (Bob). Fond step father of Jim Smith, Sherry D’Silva (Alan), and Rob Smith (Christine). Proud grandfather of Jennifer, Denise, Candace, Krista, Hilary, Julia, Mitchell and Nathan, Steven, Jeffrey, Jessica, Samantha, Keith, and Rachel; and caring great-grandfather of many great grandchildren.

Predeceased by his first wife Dimphena (Dina) Aerts (nee Heynen), and his siblings Staf Aerts, Josephine Aerts-Vertruyen, and Jose Wyns. Survived by four brothers, many nieces, nephews, and cousins in Canada and Belgium.

Andre worked hard and smart; he started his work life in the coal mines, rose to the rank of Sergeant in the Belgium Army, became a successful egg producer in Canada, and lived life to the fullest in his retirement. He was affectionately known for his love of square dancing, his world travels trying to keep up with Shirley, and his witty jokes. He valued family visits, drives to events, trips to McDonald’s, good beer and a shot of whiskey.

Special thanks to the staff of Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital and Sprucedale Care Centre for providing such excellent care. We are all so grateful!

Family will receive friends and relatives at the Strathroy United Church on Saturday, December 16th, 2023 from 11:00 AM to 1:30 PM. A celebration of Andreas’ life will follow at 2:00 PM; Pastor Brad Morrison officiating. Interment All Saint’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Strathroy. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be directed toward Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital and the Strathroy United Church. Online condolences and donations may be made at

To live in the hearts of those we love, is never to die.


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