shock went through Winschoten yesterday, with the news that one
of it's most prominent inhabitan, the 41 year old Dirk de Grooth
died in a traffic accident on Rijksweg 41 near Scheemda. De Grooth
enjoyed an ernomous popularity in Winschoten. He was cheerful person,
who loved doing things for the town he lived in. Lots of his energy
(and he had a lot) he spent on his Winschoten.
also lead the company, which beared his name, with a lot of energy.
In a few decades, De Grooth built the simple taxi-company (which
he took over from his father) out into a leading transport company
which the modern ambulance service was the showpiece. The fleet
of the ambulance-department is counted to most modern in this field
certainly in the North and even the entire Netherlands. De Grooth
used to track down the latsest things in this field in the USA himself.
The ambulances, which drove off quickly yesterday evening to perform
lifesaving work at the accident site near Scheemda - And now for
the boss himself - have through the years saved many inhabitan of
Eastern - Groningen from certain death. For De Grooth himself any
help of his employees came to late. Though they managed to pull
him out of the wreckage of the car alive,
died on arrival in the Sint Lucas Ziekenhuis (Saint Luke Hospital)
in Winschoten, the hospital in which he had spent a lot of time
due through his job. The collission must have been a violent one.
Almost in the center of the car stood a small tree, that was on
the verge of Rijksweg 42. It was as if the car had wrapped itself
around the tree.
Grooth always stood firm for Winschoten. He was a fighter in the
Noo(r)dklok-comite, that in 1973 managed to bring many members of
parliament to Winschoten to look at the problems of Eastern-Groningen
with their own eyes. He kept close relations with the board of "Trade
was a member of the board of the "Winschoten Promotion"
foundation and had as such a hand in organizing the "Winthil"
exhibition in 1975. Together with others he set-up a coach-workshop
for the joint garage holders of Winschoten. He had advanced plans
for building a huge Garage near the Beersterweg in Winschoten. De
Grooth was very well known for his enthousiasm. If he saw something
in plans, he would go for 100% to get them realized.
Grooth will leave behind an ernomous void, in Winschoten and especially
his company and one has to ask how it can be filled.