Eelke Monsma

Obituary of Eelke Monsma


Monsma, Eelke “Allen”

Passed away suddenly, yet peacefully on June 10th, 2021 at the age of 87. Allen was recently blessed to share his 65th wedding anniversary with his beloved wife, Shirley (nee Zuidema). Loving father of Connie Bradt (Rick) and Audrey DeJong (Peter). Cherished ‘Opa’ of Ashley (Sam), Tyler (Sarah), Corey, Elise (Andrew) and Tineke (Jason), and great-‘Opa’ of Daphne, Micah, Arjen, Anna, Miles and Beatrice. Eldest brother of twelve siblings, and ‘Oom Eelke’ to dozens of nieces and nephews.

Born in Broeksterwoude (Broeksterwâld), Netherlands, in 1934, Allen was a kind, humble and faithful man who took risks, loved his family deeply, and believed in hard work and the goodness of people.

Together with his childhood sweetheart and new bride, Shirley, Allen arrived in Canada in 1956 with just $56 dollars in his pocket. Through determination, relationship-building and prayer, Allen founded A.M.A. in 1982, and since then it has grown to become a leading horticultural supplier in North America. He was a faithful member of Faith Reformed Church Kingsville, where he worshiped and offered behind-the-scenes support for more than sixty years. He was committed to the people of his community, always putting the needs of others before his own. A promise from Allen was worth its weight in gold, and he left a trail of respect, love and compassion wherever he went.

Allen’s quiet strength, gentle warmth and unmistakeable smile have been encouragements to all who have known him. His lifelong motto, ‘Go slowly, but with all your strength’, will continue to encourage us now as we grieve his passing.

Visitation will take place at the Reid Funeral Home, 14 Russell Street, Leamington (519-326-2631) on Thursday, June 17, 2021 from 9 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. with limited groupings and social distancing practices in place. A private funeral service will take place with live stream beginning at 11 a.m. EST. Livestream available at Due to COVID restrictions, visitation is limited to a specific number of visitors. Only those with an appointment will be allowed in. Please book an appointment at Everyone must wear a mask.

Please direct all gifts in memory of Allen to Faith Reformed Church Kingsville ( or the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada ( Family and friends may share memories and make donations at

Psalm 29:11

The Lord gives strength to his people;

the Lord blesses his people with peace.