Saturday, 15 July 2006


Tenth Obituary of 2006 13th of July 2006

We regret to announce the death at Missiehuis Vrijland, on 13th July, 2006, at the age of 88 of

Father Henk Aveskamp
May He Rest in Peace

Father Henk was born on the 6th of April, 1918 in Overdinkel in the Municipality of Losser, the Netherlands. He was the son of Gerard Johannes Aveskamp and Engelina Welman Aveskamp. He had four brothers and one sister

Henk attended schools in Zenderen, Megen and Gemert. In 1943 he began his Philosophical studies with the Society in Haelen. Initially, he studied Theology in Roosendaal in 1945, but later completed his studies in St. Joseph’s College, London in 1949. Henk took his Perpetual Oath on 29th May, 1948 and was Ordained in St. Joseph’s College Chapel on the 10th of July, 1949.

After Ordination, Henk was appointed to work in the Diocese of Buea, Cameroon. An appointment he took up in 1950. For the next forty two years Henk laboured for the Lord and His people in various parishes in such places as Baseng, Tiko, Widikum, Ikassa, Tombel and Shisong. Wherever Henk went in Cameroon his faithful cook followed with his family to serve Henk.

In 1991 Henk was appointed to the Dutch Region. In 1992 He returned to Cameroon to say farewell to his many parishioners and friends. He stayed almost a year.

From 1993, for four years, Henk ministered in a parish in Spijk, the Netherlands. In 1997 Henk retired to our house in Vrijland.

In the latter years and months of his life, Henk became most grateful for all the care that had been accorded to him at home and abroad. In recent months his health deteriorated and this afternoon he died peacefully.

While marking the various jubilees of priesthood in his life, the Superior Generals noted what a dedicated and faithful pastor he had been. Henk will be buried on Tuesday 18th of July, 2006 in Vrijland after a requiem Mass at

The previous Obituary Notice (9/2006) was that of Father Mathew Haumann who died in Venlo on the 3rd of July 2006, at the age of 68

Father Peter Nabben
Ooesterbeeck, Holland.


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