Carolus “Carl” Modderman

Modderman- After a lovely evening with family, Carolus “Carl” Modderman, age 84 yrs of Courtright, passed suddenly on Saturday June 24, 2023.  Beloved husband of 58 years to Yolanda.  Much loved father of Marinka Molson (Shane) of Courtright, Nanette (Chad) of Saugeen Shores, and Sacha Moore (Jamie) of Cumberland, BC.  Treasured grandfather of Emma, Lucie, Jedd, Jordan, Laurel, Zak, Mackenzie, Ben, Megan, Owen, Oban and Alex, and great-grandfather of four beautiful children.  Carl is also survived by his brother, Leo Modderman (Theresa) of Ottawa.  He was predeceased by his sister, Magda van Zijl (Wim). Shortly after marrying Yolanda, they emigrated from Holland in 1965, first settling in Woodstock, then on to Brantford before coming to the Sarnia area and finally settling in Courtright in 1986.  Carl was a happy-go-lucky, positive guy who enjoyed interacting with people through his many jobs and businesses, including selling real estate, owning and operating The Awning House and the Frog Point Motel to name a few.  He enjoyed playing cards at the Courtright Friendship Club and always looked forward to his Saturday morning breakfasts with his buddies.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place and a public celebration of his life will be held for family & friends at a later date.  In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through memorial donations to the Alzheimer Society, or to the charity of one’s choice. Arrangements entrusted to Knight Funeral Home, 588 St. Clair Parkway, Corunna. Messages and condolences may be left online at Knight 519-862-2845.

Visitation Information

There will be no formal visitation at this time.


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Funeral Date

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

37 thoughts on “Carolus “Carl” Modderman”

  1. Dianne Gilbert

    As a member of the Courtright Friendship Club, I will miss Carl immensely. He wS the highlight of my card playing every Wednesday. We will miss him dearly!

  2. Rob and Carol Weston

    I always enjoyed talking to Carl when he came into the store a when I met him walking ar biking on the river trail
    I was sad to hear about his passing he will be missed by many

  3. John and Lori Kennedy

    Yolanda, Marinka and family
    John and I are going to miss our chats with Carl. His genuine kindness and humour were always there. He was such a sweet man. Our hearts go out to you.

  4. Marilyn johnson

    Bob and I will miss playing cards with Carl every week at courtright friendship club. He was always trying to pay me for something at the club. His special saying was…does the first ace or second ace take the trick. Dam, I will miss his smiling face and little chuckle.

  5. Andrea Bossence

    Yolanda, Sacha & Family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of Carl’s passing.
    He was such a kind & wonderful man.
    I remember how he liked to putter around the house & property in Courtright.
    Carl often had many projects on the go and was great at accomplishing them. He always a smile on his face.
    He will greatly be missed.
    Sending you hugs & love ❤️
    Andrea Bossence

    1. Thanks Andrea,very thoughtful of you,I have nice memories of you too,hope you are doing fine! 😘😘

  6. Leo and Eloise Haagmans

    Yolanda, Marinka, Nanette, Sasha and family.
    We were saddened and shocked to hear of Carl’s passing. Our deepest condolences. We are thinking of you in this very difficult time. May he rest in peace.
    Sincerely, Leo and Eloise H.

    1. Thanks Eloise and Leo,I am still in shock too!
      Hope you both are doing well, thinking about you a lot! 😘😘

  7. Sylvie Bismuth

    He was such a lovely man, who helped make the most beautiful and lovely family. I left every conversation with him with a big smile and warm feeling. We are sending our deepest and most sincere condolences. May his memory be a blessing

    1. Isn’t it unbelievable Jim,you were one of the few he remembered the name from.Always asking you if you still played piano!
      Thanks Jim,keep on playing! I am sure he is playing up there somewhere,it was his favourite “sport” beside soccer. 🙏

  8. Bill and Carol pullen

    Yolanda… and family .. words cannot describe how saddened we are to hear of our great friend Carls passing. We were so honoured to help him celebrate his 84 th birthday in January . He will always be in our hearts and prayers . The world has lost a great man . Rest In Peace CARL you will be missed for sure!!!!

    1. He will be, loved you guys,always nice to be together, New Year’s and playing Trivia.
      Love ❤️. 😘😘

  9. Laurie & Jack Ryan

    So suprised to be reading this Yolanda. Jack and I have had many chats with you and Carl as we go about our daily lives in the neighbourhood. We used to tease him about wearing down the sidewalk as he was always doing something back and forth between the houses. We had no idea of his passing, but I saw you taking out the garbage last night and thought that was strange as Carl was the one we usually saw.
    We will miss seeing and chatting with him.
    Please accept our condolences to you and all your extended family.

    1. Thank you Laurie and Jack, still a shock for me so suddenly,will miss him for sure but not only to take the garbage out, I mostly did that anyway! 😍🙏

  10. Just heard of the passing of Karl this morning at swimming…I am so sorry Yolanda and send my heartfelt condolences.

  11. Kim and Don Daye (swimming buddies)

    So sorry for your loss Yolanda! We’re thinking of you and sending sympathy 🫂

    1. Thank you guys! Never used his ten passes,was always planning to bring him but loved the Sauna more !
      Enjoy your own pool now! 🙏🥰

  12. Lynn St.Marseille

    Dear Yolanda So sad to hear of Carl’s passing . You are in my thoughts and if I can help in any way please call me .

  13. Yolanda. I’m so sorry to hear of Carl’s passing. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this sad time.

    1. Thanks Diane,you know the best what I go through right now,hope you are doing well and love to meet up one day.🙏😘

  14. sorry I was to learn of Carl’s passing. I can remember many good laughs at the cottage, playing Trivia Pursuit and sharing a meal with my in-laws, Bill and Carol. It’s a tough journey alone but hopefully your memories can sustain you. I have walked this walk. Be good to yourself and keep well.

  15. Pete Theriault

    Dear, Yolanda and Family…
    In our BOOK!
    Carl has always had a place in Heaven!!!
    Rest in peace my FRIEND.
    Pete & Gayla

    1. Thank you Pete and Gayla,he liked you guys and was in awe of the walking stick you carved for him Pete and Gayla’s humour and Hospitality! 😍🙏😘😘

  16. Sharon and Andy Mooser

    Yolanda: it was so good to talk to you today. I am so sorry to hear about Carl, so hard to believe that he is gone. You two were like two peas in a pod and I know you will miss him terribly. You have such amazing memories that will keep you going through this hard time. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

  17. Constance VandenHoven

    Dear Yolanda and family,
    We read the sudden passing of Carl in the obituary and I sent you all our Sympathy and Condolences and strength in the coming days. May God welcome Carl in His Heavenly Home. Take care, our prayers are with you all, from Conny VandenHoven and families.

  18. Stacey (Milsom) Blair

    Yolanda, Nanette, Marinka and Sasha,

    My condolences to you and your families. I’m very sorry to learn of Carl’s passing. He was truly a great guy. Ingenuity, creativity, patience and generosity; these are the words that come to my mind when I remember him.
    I also really respect any dad that can braid hair AND he did a good job of it too – I just can’t remember if he did the tight braids or the looser ones. 😌

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