It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of San Francisco Regional Citroën Car Club past-president Ruut van den Hoed.
Peter Anning has shared this memory:
Ruut was the first member of the SFRCCC I ever met. I was attending the Friendship Day car show at San Mateo Community College with my newly purchased 2CV and Ruut approached me and suggested I join the Citroën Car Club. I wrote a check, completed the application, and joined that very day! After that, I remember how well Ruut connected with everyone — and always wearing a suit and tie. He was gracious to everyone and a pure old fashioned gentleman toward his wife, Johanna — always opening her door for her and offering his hand. His DS was one I coveted for a number of years, and while dementia robbed him of his faculties, I will always remember him as a great guy and true Citroën enthusiast.
And Ruut’s son, Vincent, writes:
On a personal note, I can never fully express what I feel. But I will say this. As we know, it’s impossible to sum up the meaning, value and impact of a person’s life. And my father is certainly no exception. He was charismatic and courageous. He was passionate about design, to highlight just a few of his qualities. As his son, the depth and breadth of my gratitude and appreciation for his support and my pride in being his son continue to grow as I get older. I owe everything to both my dad and my mom and only hope that I was able to make them feel as loved as I felt and that I can continue to make them proud.
Vincent van den Hoed can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 19175 De Havilland Dr, Saratoga, CA 95070.