May 15, 2010
Landscape Ontario lost a founding member on Apr. 11, when Tony DeGroot passed away peacefully at the age of 88, while at home in his garden. DeGroot was the co-founder of Hensbergen and DeGroot Ltd., near Markham, now operated by son Andy.

An original member of Landscape Ontario, DeGroot visited LO’s Legacy Room at Congress in January of this year. He was born on Oct. 31, 1921.

He leaves behind his wife of 57 years Ria. Tony DeGroot was the dear father of Marion (Eugene) DeGroot, Hedy (Kevin) Edwards, Susan (Terry) DeGroot-Kavanagh, and Andy DeGroot. He will be sadly missed by his grandchildren Andrea, Courtney, Nicolle, Jeremy, Sydney and Hayley, and his great granddaughter Eden.

The family has announced that a celebration of Tony DeGroot’s life will take place at a later date. Those who wish to honour his memory may donate to the Ontario Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario.