My niece, Valerie made this beautiful tribute of my dad and I had to just share it with everybody. For those of you who do not know, my dad passed away on Sunday December 6Th,2009 at 6:10pm.He was diagnosed with bone cancer 40 days earlier.It was a short fight but a very hard one for him. Which in the end was probably what he wanted. All four of his children were with him and 9 out 13 grand kids. The four of us were ALL together for the first time in probably 20 years. Too bad it had to be under these circumstances. He will be greatly missed.
CHAPIN — A memorial service for Theo Hahlen, 75, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 10, 2009, at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel. The family will receive friends after the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to “Kaatje” Enkhuizer Zeevaart School, Oosterhavenstraat 48, 1601 KX Enkhuizen, The Netherlands.
Mr. Hahlen was born in Den Haag, The Netherlands, July 22, 1934, and passed away Sunday, December 6, 2009. He was a son of Petrus Nicolaus Hahlen and Theodora Willemsen Hahlen. From 1953 to 1964, Mr. Hahlen was a member of Enkhuizer Zeevaart School and had a seagoing career. From 1964 to 1985, he was a manager at various office positions within the shipping company (Netherlands). From 1985 to1994, he was general manager of regional office in Miami, FL, and the Caribbean.
Mr. Hahlen is survived by his wife of 49 years, Anina Hahlen; one son, Marc Hahlen and wife, Maria, of Vancouver, CN; three daughters, Marjolein Hooijmans and husband, Corne, of Nootdorp, The Netherlands, Carolien Thompson and husband, Rich, of Madison, AL, and Pauline Rogers and husband, Terry, of Lexington, SC; 13 grandchildren, Valerie and Stephanie Hahlen, Joran and Yara Hooijmans, Christopher, Emily, Noelle, Taylor and Matthew Thompson, and Joel, Riley, Jesse and Josiah Rogers.