The father of Grappling’s founder, Cor VanderLinden was a European immigrant who came to Canada at the age of 29 in search of new opportunities for himself – as well as to be with his future bride, Martina (Tina). Despite speaking no English upon his arrival, he eventually became an entrepreneur, owning local retail and construction businesses. He also had success as a local politician. Following retirement, Cor chose to live a quiet, happy life with his wife, and his favorite recliner. On November 4, 2018 he passed away from Stage IV lymphoma a few months shy of his 81st birthday. A documentary produced about the lives of Cor and Tina helped inspire the creation of Grappling with Grief.
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