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HENRI MARIE FERDINAND DONDO Peacefully on March 4, 2012, with family at his side, Henri passed away at the Bethania Mennonite PCH at the age of 79 years. Henri was born in Fisher Branch, MB on May 6, 1932 into a family that would eventually include eight brothers and sisters. He lived there for several years, moving to Winnipeg with his family in 1944. He attended St. Mary's Parish School and then St. Paul's High School. He left school in Grade 11 and held many jobs as a young man in order to support his mother and siblings. He settled on a career in printing, working for many years at Continental Can and then at the Winnipeg Free Press until his retirement. He started his athletic career in the streets as a hockey player. York Avenue was a calmer place in those days and the kids only interrupted their games infrequently with calls of Car! . Magazines and catalogues served as his goalie pads. He was a capable athlete in his youth, playing many sports notably hockey as a much sought-after local goaltender. He was regularly in the papers for his fastball exploits as a home run hitter. He was also a passionate curler winning trophies in the Manitoba Bonspiel. Later in life, his passion was golf and he won several trophies in local tournaments. He met and married the love of his life, Edith Christine Russin, whom he married in 1952. Together, they had five children. While supporting his growing children, he made ice for many years at Bronx Park. He coached hockey and baseball. For years he was on the executive of the Red River Valley Sports League. He also worked for several years as a timekeeper supporting local amateur hockey. He was an aggressive, loud young man. Edith could always find him in a crowded room. He became a quiet, gentle man with a wonderful sense of humour after a life change through an active membership in Alcoholics Anonymous. In more than 40 years as an active member, he touched and changed many lives and contributed many years of service as part of this side of his life. One of his proudest achievements was his part in founding the Welcome Group, which still operates today. His religious life reflected a missionary zeal. He participated in a mission to Fort Alexander. He also experienced Youth With a Mission , travelling to Texas, Hungary and Czechoslovakia. He was an elder and very active in the congregation of Zion Apostolic Church. Everywhere he went, he was always surrounded by children. Of course, having his pockets full of candy helped in that regard, but the rewards were always earned. His last few years were a struggle against the effects of a failing heart and circulatory system. He received wonderful care for more than two years at Middlechurch PCH and for the final few weeks of his life at Bethania Mennnonite PCH where he lost the battle against pneumonia. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Edith, his children Richard (Carmen), Christopher (Kim), Brian (Geraldine), Theresa and James (partner Jacqueline); his brother Emile and his sisters Cecile (partner John), Marie-Ange, Annette, Helene and Irene (Harold) along with their children and grandchildren. Also grieving his passing are his grandchildren Jeff, Wes, Nick, Luke, Tanis, Joshua, David, Katie and Daniel. His great-grandchildren Stone, Hope, Kayla and Rylan will also miss him. He was predeceased by his mother Marguerite, his father Joseph, his brothers Paul and Albert along with numerous uncles, aunts, cousins and others from a large extended family. At Henri's request cremation has taken place. A celebration of his life will take place at the Zion Apostolic Church, 305 Machray Avenue, Winnipeg, MB on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm, with Pastor Tom Campbell officiating. Interment will follow at a later date at Glen Eden Memorial Gardens as part of a private ceremony. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Zion Apostolic Church, Siloam Mission, Bethania Mennonite PCH or a charity of your choice. Glen Eden Funeral Home 338-7111 www.gleneden-mb.ca
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on March 17, 2012
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