We regret to announce the death at “Missiehuis Vrijland”, Oosterbeek the Netherlands, on 19th February 2012, at the age of 90, of
Fr Wim Hogenkamp
May he rest in Peace
Fr Wim Hogenkamp was born on 18th February 1922 at Harreveld in the Archdiocese of Utrecht, the Netherlands. He was the son of Bernard Hogenkamp and Aleida Toebes, and he had four brothers and three sisters. Wim completed a diploma in bookkeeping before joining the Mill Hill College in Haelen as a late vocation in 1946. He received private tuition to help him catch up and completed his secondary education at Haelen in 1949. From 1949 to 1951 he studied Philosophy at Roosendaal after which he moved to Mill Hill, where he studied Theology from 1951 to 1955. He took his Perpetual Oath at St Joseph’s College, Mill Hill, London on 5th May 1954, and was ordained priest at the same venue on 10th July 1955 by Cardinal Griffin.
After his ordination Fr Wim Hogenkamp was appointed Missionprocurator in Haelen, and during that time he followed a course in economics at Culemborg. In 1964 he received an appointment to the Diocese of Tororo in Uganda and worked in Bukedea and Nagongera. He was recalled to Roosendaal in 1967 to be Missionprocurator in Roosendaal and secretary to the Kardinaal Vaughan Stichting. In 1970 he was appointed Regional Bursar and subsequently served as a member of the Regional Council from 1977 to 1979. Wim was appointed Vice-rector of St Jozefhuis, Oosterbeek, in 1988, spent a number of years there and eventually retired to “Missiehuis Vrijland.”
Wim was decribed as a man blessed with the unique gift of administration. He spent most of his life as a missionary in his native country, but rendered excellent service as a finance man, who was caring and efficient. He was procurator of Roosendaal par excellence serving the missions through good bookkeeping and the sending of goods. His time in Uganda was short, but the people of the “Pearl of Africa” remained close to his heart.
Fr Wim Hogenkamp struggled with a skin disease during the final years of his life, but he was still graced to celebrate his 90th birthday last Saturday, and he died peacefully yesterday on Sunday 19th February at 10.50am. The funeral mass will take place at “Missiehuis Vrijland” on Thursday 23rd February at 11.00am followed by burial at the Mill Hill cemetery in Oosterbeek.
The previous obituary (2/2012) was that of Fr Lau Houben, who died in Oosterbeek, the Netherlands, on 7th February 2012.
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