Captain Adrian Cornelius deBoer, transitioned peacefully to heaven on Wednesday, the 4th of September, 2019. Born June 28, 1915, in The Netherlands, he lead an abundant and interesting life. He graduated from De Ruyter Maritime Academy, Vlissingen, Netherlands with his Captain (Master) license. He became at U.S. citizen in 1955 and worked for Lykes Steamship Lines for 20 years. He sailed until he was 70 years old.
He was very proud of his homeland and his accomplishments; he received the Nation's third highest honor and was awarded the Bronze Cross from Queen Wilhelmina; he spoke 5 languages; and was a member of the Mensa International Club for many decades. As can imagine, he traveled the world seven times over and loved to tell sea stories and his life experiences in many ports of call. And, during a stop at NOLA port call, he met the love of his life, Evelyn Fleming. They married and had two sons: Adrian Alexander and Francis (Sara) Charles. The Captain was preceded in death by his loving wife and son, Adrian, brother Jan and his wife Josie. He further leaves behind three grandchildren: Francesca, Ellie, and Mila de Boer, a half-sister Corrie de Boer, a nephew Eddie de Boer and niece Ineke Herderson At nearly 90, he was still mowing and raking his yard; he drove until he was well into his nineties; and he loved to day-trade on his computer until his sight no longer allowed a few years ago. He had a zest for life and an incredible, positive outlook. He gave credence for his longevity to breathing the sea salt air for more than 8 decades and a daily highball! He was wise, witty, full of life, worldly, of superior intellect, ambitious, hardworking, loyal, and loved to laugh. His laughter was, in fact, contagious. We rejoice in his long, abundant life and ask that Christ receive him this day. The family will receive friends Wednesday September 11 from 9:00 - 10:00 A.M. with a prayer service at Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home with interment to follow in Gardens of Memories Cemetery. For those who wish donations are requested for Global Maritime Ministries in Mr. de Boer's name