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RIP Michael Bastiaanse - 24.08.46 - 23.01.19

Michael BastiaanseThere was standing room only at Igreja do Sao Laurenco on Monday 28 January; the streets outside were crowded with hundreds of friends and admirers of the late Michael Apolonia Johannes Bastiaanse. And there was not a dry eye anywhere as well-wishers queued to pay their respects and bid Michael a final farewell.

Michael was born in Holland and his career at the top level of hotel management took him to the UK, to Germany, Belgium, the USA, and China. In China, and in charge of a new luxury hotel in Chengdu, he met Sonja, the love of his life, who he went on to marry.

Some 20 years ago, Michael and Sonja made the decision to make the Algarve their home. Here Michael moved into a new, challenging role, that as General Manager of the Four Seasons Fairways, which he built from small beginnings into one of the key developments in Quinta do Lago.

Michael was a larger-than-life character, with time for everyone and an interest in everything. His laugh was loud, his enthusiasm knew no bounds – be it for gardening, cycling (a 100km ride, as a member of a cycling group was nothing to him), or sharing life and his passions with his many, many friends. Michael touched everyone, and left a never-to-be- forgotten impression on their lives. Together with his wife Sonja , they were the golden couple.

The world will be quieter place without Michael. We thank him for his love, his friendship, and his many kindnesses.

 

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0 #10 Melanie de Boer 2019-03-29 21:35
Lieve Sonja, ik heb Michael nooit gekend maar ik begrijp uit deze mooie tekst dat dit een groot gemis is geweest. Wat zal het stil zijn zonder hem. Ik wens je heel veel sterkte in deze moeilijke tijd. Dikke kus, Melanie
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0 #9 Hestiani 2019-03-24 17:48
Dear Sonja, I am terribly sorry for your loss. Warmest hugs for you Sonja. Please take care.
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0 #8 Jeroen Kaijen 2019-03-12 06:29
Micheal leerde ik 30 jaar geleden kennen in het Novotel in Amsterdam. Bij Micheal was niets onmogelijk alles met een bulderende lach en brede interesse in mensen. Helaas zijn wij elkaar de laatste jaren uit het oog verloren. Maar de herinnering blijft fore ever, Sonja we wish you all te best in the future with a lot of good memories.Quoting Rienderhoff:
:cry: Marianne Rienderhoff, cousin of Sonja, What a beautifull text to remember Michael, dear Sonja. I never knew him but he was great! Keep his memory for the rest of your life, i wish! Al our love to you and Michael (rip) , Marianne Rienderhoff and girlfriend Daniella.
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0 #7 Johnny Chan 2019-03-12 04:46
Dear Sonja, Michael will always in our minds, Love and hugs
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0 #6 Agnita Bauman 2019-03-12 03:26
Liebe Sonja,
Oh meisje, wat een verlies. Het is 9 jaar gelesen dat Ralph is overleden. Denk aan fijne Uren en dagen due wij gezamelijk hadden. Grote Umarmung. Denk aan je.
Agnita
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0 #5 Thijs 2019-03-11 16:45
Lieve Sonja, wat een enorme klap. Veel sterkte. Ik ben nu op weg naar Peking waar ik jullie alle twee ontmoet heb en lees net je bericht. Nogmaals sterkte en hopelijk tot snel. Thijs
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0 #4 Martin Lindelauf 2019-03-09 16:44
Dear Sonja, I am one of those lucky ones that know Michael from his days in Holland, being GM at the Crown Plaza in Amsterdam. We have laughed many times, and Michael always very loud. I know you miss him a lot but please honour him and LIVE and ENJOY LIFE. That's what he wants you to do! Sonja, with love, Martin, Ellen and Claire
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0 #3 Alun & Elisa Price 2019-03-08 08:47
A fitting tribute to a lovely & passionate man and a great friend over many years. Will always be remembered with love and never forgotten.
Our heartfelt love for Sonja who has lost her soulmate. RIP Michael.
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0 #2 Rienderhoff 2019-03-07 20:04
:cry: Marianne Rienderhoff, cousin of Sonja, What a beautifull text to remember Michael, dear Sonja. I never knew him but he was great! Keep his memory for the rest of your life, i wish! Al our love to you and Michael (rip) , Marianne Rienderhoff and girlfriend Daniella.
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-1 #1 Willy 2019-03-07 20:03
Hia beautiful Sonja I'm so sorry for your loss and yes when I have met your husband Michael he made us feel very welcome at your beautiful home and it was our pleasure and thank you so much for that beautiful time much love to you Sonja thinking of you hugs
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