Dr. Jack A. Vermeeren

Jul 29, 2015


Dr. Jack A. Vermeeren, 86, of Sandusky, died quietly in his sleep, Saturday morning, July 28, 2007, after a brief illness.

He was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, the second of three children born to Dutch immigrants. He was a graduate of the University of New Brunswick and McGill Medical School in Montreal. He was chief resident of OB/GYN at Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he met his future partner, Dr. Frank Leake of Sandusky.

After family and friends, the practice of medicine was his passion. He was the ultimate caring and complete doctor and surgeon. He began his practice in 1948 in a converted home hospital in central Saskatchewan, Canada, using ski-equipped planes and horse-drawn sleds in the winter.

He ended his work using every modern surgical procedure along with his partner of 30 years and best friend, Dr. Leake, with whom he founded the Women's Clinic, now known as Bayshore Clinic in Sandusky. The two doctors delivered more than 3,000 babies in this area.

Jack was a true outdoorsman. He loved fly-fishing for salmon and trout in the Maritime Provinces and pike, muskie, and arctic char in northern Canada. He skied every year until age 75, in western North America and Europe. Waterfoul hunting with his sons in the marshes of Erie and Ottawa counties was always special to him.

He is survived by his love of 33 years, Carol Delapp; two sons, Barry (Dixie) Vermeeren of Sandusky and Larry Vermeeren of Salida, Colo.; two granddaughters, Kelly and Cassie Vermeeren of Sandusky; his sister, Marguerite (Arnold) Mullin and her family in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Kay (Kathleen) Vermeeren; his parents; and his brother, Charles Vermeeren.

Private family services will be held.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Firelands Regional Medical Center, 1101 Decatur St., Sandusky, OH 44870.

Condolences may be sent in care of Barry W. Vermeeren, 1501 Cedar Point Roadway, Sandusky, OH 44870; or online to Vermeeren@aol.com or grofffuneralhomes@aol.com. Groff Funeral Home, Sandusky, is entrusted with the arrangements.