Oct. 26 1928 – June 25, 2016
It is with much love & sadness that the family announces the passing of Henry. He passed peacefully in Comox with family by his side. Predeceased by his loving wife, Thelma in 2013 and brothers George and Jim, he leaves behind his children, Vicki & Ed (Anderson), Martin & Trudy, Gary & Sue, Randy, & Laurie & Barney (Behan), 11 grand children, 9 great grand children and 3 great-great grandchildren. He also leaves his brother Paul, sisters Elizabeth, Irene, Lillian & sisters-in-law Shirley and Eileen, along with many nieces & nephews.
Henry was born in Bonnyville, Alta. & moved to Port Alberni B.C. at a very young age with his parents, John & Emeranda & siblings. During the war years Henry was required to leave school and help maintain his parents’ greenhouse business on 2nd Street. He met Thelma in Port Alberni and they celebrated their marriage in 1949 and began his career with Weston Bakeries as a driver-salesman in 1950. This brought Henry to Penticton in 1970, followed by a transfer to Powell River in 1971 – 1978 followed by a transfer to Nanaimo where he accepted a supervisor position. He finally retired in 2001 after driving semi truck & trailer at the age of 73. Henry loved driving, fishing, camping, gardening, crib & family. He was a very doting husband & an involved & loving father, brother & grandfather. A very special thanks to the staff & residents at Casa Loma in Courtenay, Dr. Kevin Swanson & to all the nurses on the 3rd floor at St. Joseph’s hospital in Comox who cared for Henry. And to Dad’s special niece, Donna for sending cards everyday & sisters Elizabeth and Irene for their cards & many visits to Henry over the months. A private ceremony will be held with family at a later date.