Henri de Valk, who emigrated to North America from Holland in 1928, died Thursday (Aug. 20, 1998) at Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital in Amherst after a brief illness. He was 90.
Born in Rotterdam, de Valk emigrated to Canada in 1928 to work as a lumberjack. Over the next five decades, he held a variety of jobs in Western New York. In the 1930s, he worked at a evergreen tree nursery in the Town of Tonawanda. In the 1940s, he worked as a fruit grower in Niagara County. And in the 1960s and 1970s, he and his wife ran the M and H Hardware Store in Batavia.
He married the former Marjorie Montgomery in 1939. She died in 1972.
When he retired from the hardware store, de Valk moved to Point Breeze, along Lake Ontario. He was a lifelong sailor, who belonged to the Oak Orchard Yacht Club, and used to race sailboats along Lake Ontario.
He is survived by three sons, John of Syracuse, Norman of Philadelphia and Richard of Sodus; one daughter, Marjorie Reiter of Montclair, Va.; one brother, Henk of Ziest of Holland; several grandchildren; and two great-grand-sons.
Private funeral services will be held Sunday.