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Jan Herman Segers

Jan Herman Segers

Witness Cremation

Friday, December 1, 2023
9:00 AM
Vancouver Memorial Services and Crematorium
5505 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC
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Obituary for Jan Herman Segers

June 3, 1947 – November 18, 2023

Veteran hotelier, loving husband, father and grandfather Jan H. Segers passed away peacefully surrounded by his wife and children on November 18, 2023, after a long battle with Alzheimer’s dementia.

Jan was born and raised in Ninove, an east Flanders city in Belgium. He completed his professional training and education at COOVB-PIVIT Institute in Brussels where he received degrees in Hotel Management and Administration. He then decided to venture out and immigrated to Canada in 1972.

Jan’s career opened up when he joined Westin Bayshore in Vancouver in the mid-70s which proved to be a turning point in his career. Opening the Pan Pacific Vancouver was a milestone in his life, both professionally and on a personal level. The friendships he gained during these periods lasted a lifetime, which he truly appreciated.

Jan’s career spanned across North America, the Middle East, and Asia Pacific where he opened and managed number of landmark hotels, including Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in Dhaka, Raffles’ Hotel Le Royal Phnom Penh, and Grand Hotel d’ Angkor Siem Reap, Ambassador Hotel Hsinchu, to name a few.

Jan was passionate and determined throughout his career. He was well-known for his tremendous leadership qualities and warm-hearted personality with a great sense of humour. He was a loyal dedicated professional and a genuine caring gentleman who inspired and touched many people in many corners of the world where he worked. His full-hearted dedication to the industry was part of his DNA. Jan valued and treasured genuine friendships and he put a great deal of effort into nurturing a long-lasting relationship, a true friend to many throughout his life.

Jan would not have left the industry if it had not been for his vision loss. Despite his vision impairment from his early 40s, Jan continued working and travelling as long as possible. Sadly, and regrettably, by 2008 the deterioration of Jan’s vision due to Retinitis Pigmentosa had altered his ability to continue his career, he then retired and joined Carol in China where she was working at the time.

Unfortunately, Jan became completely blind a couple of years later. Jan and Carol, however, enjoyed enormous happiness exploring the world together until Jan’s Alzheimer’s disease robbed him of those joys. They returned to Vancouver in 2017.

Jan was a loving and proud father of three wonderful children with his first wife, Kathy. His children will remember him lovingly and cherish all the memories he lost and mourn the ones that never got to be. He was a loving and caring husband and partner in life to Carol over 22 years. Jan lived his life to the fullest, and his legacy will always be honored by those who loved him.

Jan is survived by his wife Carol; children Anya, James and Adam, grandchildren Chloe, Sage, and Zephyr, sister-in-law Yola, nieces Anouk and Elke; and additional family in Belgium. He joins his family who had left before him: parents Aimé and Jeanne, brothers Fried, Rik and little sister Freya.

The family is grateful to the care team at Fair Haven Vancouver Lodge, where Jan resided for the past three years.

Memorial Donations

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Nidus Personal Planning Resource Centre and Registry or Alzheimer’s Society of B.C.

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