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Biography of John (Hans) Kuntz (1937-2003)
 

     
Jacobus Johannes Kuntz was born on August 31, 1937 in The Netherlands. He was the second youngest child of a family of eight children. His father was a Principal of a Christian School in a village near Amsterdam. After his primary and secondary school education he found employment in the printing trade.
When John was 16 he immigrated to Canada and initially lived with the family of his brother and sister-in-law (Fred and Ina) in Hamilton, Ont. until his parents came to Canada the year after. Soon after his arrival in Canada he started to work for a Hamilton printing company. However his employment was cut short by a serious aniline poisoning and he was told by the doctors that he should not further pursue his career in the printing industry.
He then found employment at the Dofasco Company in Hamilton. Eventually he got a position in power management. Again he had a serious physical setback which hampered him in his work After a back operation he worked for some time in training management. About 7 years ago John took early retirement.
On October 7, 1960 he married Alice Selders. Together they had four children: Randall John (1961), Jennifer Joy (1964), Paul Andrew (1969) and Trevor Cornell (1975). The Lord blessed them with 6 grandchildren. From the time of his arrival in Canada he was a member of Cornerstone Canadian Reformed Church in Hamilton He was active in church work and in Christian education. Later John & Alice moved to Cambridge, where they became members of Zion United Reformed Church in Sheffield.
John was an avid and award winning gardener, he loved flowers and plants. He was also a prolific writer on a great variety of subjects. His interests were many and he had a great knowledge of the issues he wrote about. Many of his articles were published in Christian Renewal as well as his poetry which spoke of a deep insight in life and of his faith in Jesus Christ. Early in 2002, John was diagnosed with cancer of the esophagus. Initially there was hope that he could be cured, but the illness steadily progressed throughout his body. Now he has entered into God's glory and is free from all earthly encumbrances.
John's parents went to be with the Lord long before him, and are buried in Hamilton. Of his seven siblings, his sister Jacoba Johanna (Hannie) died in infancy, less than a year before John was born. The remaining six are living in various parts of The Netherlands and Canada. John's illness caused the contact between the siblings to intense during the months leading up to the day the Lord took him home. Glory be to the Lord!.

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