January 26, 1936 – May 29, 2022
In loving memory ~
Henry passed away peacefully in Nanaimo, BC on May 29th with his sunshine child by his side.
He is survived by children Lilian (Kevin), Monika (Dennis), Bill (Roxanne), Jenna, six grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, a brother and extended family in Germany. He was predeceased by Linda Sutcliffe, Lillian Wolter, Annemarie Schnellhardt, his parents and sister.
Henry was born in Coburg, West Germany and immigrated to Canada in 1955, raising his family in Nipigon Ontario. He worked at the Nipigon Plywood Mill for 40 years, retiring as mill manager in 1999 to Nanaimo. His job was his passion and never felt like work. He enjoyed making process improvements and felt responsible for employment in the small community.
Henry had many interests throughout his life including, sailing, BMW motorcycles, scuba diving, flying glider planes and Tai Chi. He travelled widely to Europe, the Caribbean and other warm locations. In addition, Henry was forever taking pictures and has left us with an extensive picture story of his beautiful life.
Henry was committed to keeping in touch with family and friends near and far. He was a great conversationalist with sharp insight. He was a lively character in the community making people smile with his jokes wherever he went.
Cremation and a celebration of life took place at Piper’s Lagoon where Henry enjoyed many moments in nature.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. Ontko, Dr. Olivier and the RN’s at NRGH medical daycare. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Nanaimo Hospital Foundation https://nanaimohospitalfoundation.com/donate/.
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