June 25 1927
– January 22 2015
We are very sad to announce the passing of our dad, Henry.
Henry was born and raised in Saint Georges de Beauce, Quebec. He was the second son of Gerard Roy & Cecile Gagnon. His father Gerard was an organist and manager of a few movie theatres that continued playing silent movies in the 1930s. So Henry remembers his dad letting him watch movies as he played the organ.
Henry later worked at Saint-Georges Woollen Mills in Saint-Georges de Beauce.
His mom’s dad, J.A. Gagnon, was one of the earliest photographers in St. Georges. Henry took over the photography business working along side his mom’s sister in the same home built by Gagnon.
Henry took his high school in Chicago. And later made a career change by graduating from Palmer College School Chiropractic Fountain Head in Davenport, Iowa. He practiced in Toronto and then in his mom’s parents’ home in Saint Georges de Beauce, Quebec.
In 1964 he married Ginette Grenier and later began his family in that same house. As Ginette had a physical disability, Henry took extra care of her during their 38 years of marriage. He had an elevator installed in his home to make it easier for his wife.
In the late 1970s, Henry moved his family out west to escape snow which he disliked. Settling in Vancouver’s Kitsilano, Henry continued to work hard at making life easier for his physically disable wife and to raise his two sons, Tony and Sydny. After his wife’s passing, Henry settled in White Rock.
Starting in 2008 Henry began being attacked by cancer and complications from cancer. He fought a courageous battle and suffered greatly at times. He passed away on the sixth floor of Peace Arch Hospital.
Henry left behind and will be missed by his son Tony who took care of him during his health troubles. He’ll be also missed by Sydny and his wife Maureen and their daughter Chance in Courtenay, BC, as well as several friends in Vancouver, White Rock and other relatives in Toronto and Province of Quebec including his brother Yvon Roy in Saint Georges de Beauce, and nieces, nephews, etc. He will be missed by Yvon Poulin and his wife Monique whom he reunited with in 2014 which he hadn’t seen in more than forty years.
Henry is predeceased by 5 & 1/2 year old brother in 1929, his parents, his wife Ginette on June 9 2002, and a few other relatives in Quebec.
A small gathering of friends and family took place at the Sunnyside Lawn Cemetery on Feb 4th 2015. The family would like to thank everyone who attended and especially a family member who gave a heartwarming eulogy.
We entrust him into the hands of the perfect God, who will judge all motives and intentions of the heart perfectly, rightly and mercifully. ‘Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account’ (Hebrews 4:13).