My dearest, our dear Dad, our father-in-law, my grandfather, my son isn’t there any more
b. Amersfoort, March 16, 1956 d. Ede, October 1, 2017
Eric came in our life during the Walk of the World marches edition 2006, when he arrived at our door via the organisation for walkers who are in search for a bed and breakfast for the four marching days (starting the 3rd Tuesday of July every year). He continued to stay with us including the marches of the WOTW edition 101 last July. He already knew at the time of the marches that he was very ill: June 4th he sent me a WhatsApp, telling that he suffered from pancreatic cancer, and that his liver was already also infected. The prognosis is: not curable, and a time to live for about 3 – 6 months. However he insisted on marching, but was wise enough to switch from 40K a day to 30K a day. And July 21 he proudly collected his medal.
Eric in the center, with red cap
When Eric arrived on Monday June 17, he went off to get his registration, and hang out in the town. He told me about his visit to the St Stephen Church, and that he had written something in the Guestbook of the Remembrance Chapel. As I am a volunteer at the church, I checked the book during my next duty, and found the following entry:
God. This could be my last WOTW. Because little Baas is doomed! But today I fight, tomorrow I shall fight and also the day after tomorrow. I can not win this soccer match, but I certainly go for the game extension. And perhaps I shall loose shooting the penalties.
Help me with this fight against that f..king cancer.
Eric never came alone during all these years. As he was caregiver for several soccer teams, he had lots of friends to accompany him walking the marches. Also his son Rutger Baas stayed with us. And -brought by Rutger- even his father in a wheelchair and later the handicapped grandson Twan were there to cheer his grandfather at the 3rd day of the marches, the so called Day of Groesbeek, after the Canadian War Cimetary at Groesbeek.
And when you are injured, it is always handy that you are staying in the house of a former G.P., such as here on July 23, 2015 🙂