On Tuesday, August 28, 2012 Albertus (Albert) Blom passed away at the Royal Victoria Hospital at Barrie, Ontario.

Albert and I go back a long way, even before I founded the the National ME/FM Action Network in 1993.  Albert was President of the Barrie & District ME Support Group Inc. and received the Piesley and Community Action Awards of the Province of Ontario for improving the lives of people with ME/CFS and FM.

Albert was a man who did many kindnesses but never felt he did enough for those who needed help. He had a great sense of humour and the Barrie Group flourished under his leadership.  He very much believed that in order to change the lives of people with ME/CFS and FM we had to be active in making as much information available to everyone as possible so that they could make informed decisions and know they were not alone.  He very much lived up to his beliefs and the world is richer because of him.

Albert, my dear friend, you enriched my life by having known you and many benefited because of you.

Thank you from all us and for your loyalty and constant support of the National ME/FM Action Network.


CEO & Founder
National ME/FM Action Network 


Albertus Blom

BLOM, Albertus - At the age of 87 passed away at Royal Victoria Hospital on Tuesday August 28, 2012. Founder and President for 11 years of the Barrie & District M.E. Support Group Inc., recipient of the John Piesley Award and the Community Action Award of the Province of Ontario. Both awards received for improving the lives of those suffering from M.E. /CFS and Fibromyalgia. Survived by his wife of 65 years Hendrika (Riekie), his 5 children, Henk (Lucille), Paula (Johan), Mary (Len), Ed (Mary), Walter (Kym), his 5 grandchildren, Dawn Marie (Chris), Chris, Aaron, Alex, Samantha and 4 great grandchildren, Zavier, Anya, Emerson, and Faith. Also survived by family in Apeldoorn, Holland brother Henk (Wil) and sister Corrie and pre-deceased by his 2 brothers Maas (Rie) and Maarten (Tine). A memorial service will be held at Jennett Chapel of the McCLELLAND & SLESSOR FUNERAL HOME, 152 Bradford St., Barrie on Wednesday, September 5th at 1:00 p.m. with visitation from 12 noon until time of service. A reception will follow the service. No flowers please. Contributions to the M.E./FM Action Network would be appreciated. Words of comfort may be forwarded to the family by visiting 11708416