In memoriam: Aalbert ‘Bert’ DeJong
By Ashleigh Petersen

In memoriam: Aalbert ‘Bert’ DeJong

Aalbert “Bert” DeJong, 68, of Ontario, Canada, died May 26, 2022. DeJong worked at BOMAG Americas for 32 years before retiring in late 2018.

DeJong began his career with BOMAG in 1986, when he joined the sales team at BOMAG Canada in Mississauga, Ontario. He then worked his way up to general manager of BOMAG Canada.

BOMAG’s acquisition of the Stow Manufacturing equipment line in the mid-1990s afforded DeJong the opportunity to lead the North American rental equipment business for the company. He worked with internal sales, dealers and manufacturer representatives to successfully expand the BOMAG brand and increase sales for the broad light equipment range throughout the United States and Canada. He was instrumental in BOMAG’s development of the articulated trench roller and its introduction to North America, the company says.

DeJong is survived by his wife, Luella (Klassen); children, Ben (Erin), Wayne (Jodie), Karin (Dave) and Marianne; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

Ashleigh Petersen

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Ashleigh Petersen is the digital communications manager for Rental Management. She writes news and feature articles, plus coordinates the monthly Safety Issue and several sections in the magazine. Ashleigh loves spending time with her husband and young son, baking, gardening and listening to true crime and comedy podcasts.

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