In Memory of



Obituary for Art Tolsma

Art Tolsma, child of God, finished his earthly work, Tuesday, January 18, 2022. He was a man of integrity, humble, striving to be the lesser, a deep thinker, full of wisdom and gratitude. Art graduated from Trinity Christian College with a Bachelor of Arts and went into teaching. After two years, he decided to join his father in the field of construction. He was an active member in his church and community, supporting missions and ministries and also serving on many committees and boards, including Evangel Community Church, Chatham Christian School, Grace CRC, and the Chatham Home Builders Association. He loved to putter in his yard, constantly raking, picking up sticks, fixing things, tinkering in his shop, and charging the gators for the grandkids. He loved his work too much to retire. He was a wiz at the daily crossword, and would honour his wife by playing many rounds of cards at the kitchen table. But the legacy that he will be most remembered for is his love and passion for Jesus Christ, his Saviour. He earnestly shared his heart and love for the Lord with his family and friends, especially his children and grandchildren. His desire was for everyone to know Jesus as their personal Saviour. Art was the son of the late John and Tina Tolsma. Born September 17, 1950, in Chatham, Ontario. He was married to the love of his life, Enica (Langeveld) Tolsma for 50 years. God blessed them with four awesome children, two sons-in-law, one daughter-in-law and ten grandchildren.  Alecia and Rick Merrihew: Tyler, Kyle, Ally, Caleb. JP and Stacey Tolsma: Emily, Charlotte, Kate, Jack. Nicole and Matt Schroeder: Levi, Jayce. James Tolsma. Art is survived by his three sisters, their spouses and children. Marg and Win Elzinga, Rita and Brad Moor, Linda and Gerry Wolting. Also survived by sisters-in-law; Wilma and Casper Saarloos, Sandy Langeveld, Marie Langeveld-Krisko, and nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents and parents-in-law and four brothers-in-law. Donations to Loads of Love or Chatham Christian School are welcomed in Art’s memory. A visitation will take place on Friday, January 28, 2022 from 10am to 12pm at Evangel Community Church (76 Sandys Street, Chatham). Funeral service to occur on Friday, January 28, 2022 at 1pm, also at Evangel Community Church. Please reserve your space for the visitation and/ or funeral service on his obituary page at or by phoning 519-351-4444. Art’s funeral service will also be live streamed at . To REGISTER for the VISITATION click -> HERE To REGISTER for the FUNERAL SERVICE click -> HERE