Born in Tjuchem, Groningen, Holland on October 7, 1936. The third child of Willem and Afiena Dallinga. He had two sisters, and one brother. He grew up on their family farm in Tjuchem, at a young age he learned how to work on the farm and drive horses. His love for horses stayed with him through the years.
At age 15 his family immigrated to Canada. They made Manitoba home in 1952, where they worked as a family in the sugar beet fields. He continued to work different farms in the area until around age 19, when an opportunity came up to move to BC. He moved to Houston and started working in the bush logging. He fell in love with the Bulkley Valley and never looked back. He loved hiking and exploring.
He first met Tina in 1958, they became friends, they shared a love for the outdoors and would go hiking together. Their friendship blossomed into love, and they married May 21st, 1965. Together they settled in Houston where they lived for about five years. Here they welcomed their 1st three children, Catherine, Richard and Audrey. They moved to Telkwa where Herman started working at the Mill. They welcomed two more boys, Tony and Laurence.
As a family they loved to spend time outdoors, hiking, fishing, camping and exploring God's creation. They moved to Smithers for about 5 years, Herman continued to work PIR Mill until they moved to Gransile where he later retired. It was here in Gransile that Herman truly found his little piece of paradise. They kept themselves busy boating and fishing on Babine Lake, four wheeling, cruising the trails behind town, snowmobiling and snowshoeing together in the winter. He was a bit of a daredevil and always up for an adventure.
In 2013, they decided to move back to Houston where they spent the remainder of their time together. Taking walks and going for drives on the back roads. The Lord granted Herman a long and blessed life, enabling him to be a blessing to his wife Tina of nearly 56 years, his children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends.
His Heavenly Father called Herman to be with him in his glory on the morning of Monday the 15th of March 2021.
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