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Born: Jun 25, 1936

Date of Passing: Jan 05, 2019

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HENRY DE RIDDER Peacefully, with his family by his side, Henry passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Donna, son Neil, daughter-in-law Susan, granddaughters, Halena and Julia, and his nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, Henry and Anne, and his siblings, Mary-Anne, Tom and Chris. Henry was born in the Municipality of Springfield on June 25, 1936 and lived there for a good part of his life. In his early years, he worked on the family farm starting at age 10, maintained excellent school marks and took accordion lessons, which led to Henry playing in a band called the Rhythm Ranch Boys which toured the province playing at barn dances, weddings and socials. Henry married Donna in 1961 and they enjoyed 57 wonderful years together. Although his life dream was to be a farmer, he had a varied and interesting career path - process operator/foreman at North Star Oil and Imperial Oil refineries in Winnipeg, Husky Oil refinery in Prince George, BC, Inland Cement in Winnipeg and Edmonton, then on to power engineering/building operations at the University of Winnipeg, Seven Oaks General Hospital, Lions Club Housing Centres, and Great West Life from which he retired in 2005. Henry took pride in his accomplishments and his association with the many people, co-workers and contractors with whom he was in contact. Henry was a private person, yet he took a great interest in politics and current affairs in Manitoba, Canada and the world, offering his opinions and thoughts. He remained independent and was meticulous in taking care of his home, acreage and everything associated with it. We hope we remember everything he taught us. He loved seeing the many animals that came onto the property always making sure the birds, squirrels and deer were fed throughout the year. Henry also loved his dogs, taking in two rescues from the Humane Society and two more when they strayed onto the property. The dogs became his buddies and side kicks, always with him whether working in the yard or riding in the truck. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses, health care aides and staff at Concordia Hospital for their care of and kindness to Henry during his time there. A memorial service will be held at St. Saviour's Anglican Church, 690 Munroe Avenue on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Flowers gratefully declined, but if you so wish, donations may be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society, 45 Hurst Way, Winnipeg, MB R3T 0R3, or St. Saviour's Anglican Church Building Fund, 690 Munroe Avenue, Winnipeg, MB R2K 1J2. "To live in the hearts we leave behind is not to die." Condolences may be left at
Publish Date: Jan 12, 2019

HENRY DE RIDDER Peacefully, with his family at his side, Henry passed away on Saturday, January 5, 2019. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Donna and family. A memorial service will be held at St. Saviour's Anglican Church, 690 Munroe Avenue on Saturday, January 19, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. A complete obituary will follow. Condolences can be left at
Publish Date: Jan 9, 2019

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 09, 2019, Jan 12, 2019

Condolences & Memories (12 entries)

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you as your mourn the passing of your Loving husband and father. He will truly be missed. Grant & Susan Sebastian & Family - Posted by: Grant and Susan Sebastian (2nd cousin to Donna) on: Jan 14, 2019

  • We are very sorry for your loss....may God grant you and family peace and serenity in your sorrow and know that Henry has gone to a far better place. - Posted by: gail and joe schwartz nee Mozel (friend) on: Jan 14, 2019

  • Donna & Family, we are so sorry to hear about Henry, our thoughts and prayers are with you. - Posted by: Paul & Evelyn Mearon (Friends ) on: Jan 14, 2019

  • Henry was a lovely gentleman who helped solve many a problem at GWL. My sincere condolences to his wife and family. - Posted by: Lorraine MacLennan (Great-West co-worker) on: Jan 12, 2019

  • Donna - our sincere condolences. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. John & Gladys - Posted by: John & Gladys Walker (Cousin) on: Jan 12, 2019

  • Donna, words cannot express my sorrow on Henry's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. - Posted by: Sandy Venton (Friend) on: Jan 11, 2019

  • Donna and family, we are deeply saddened to learn of Henry's passing. He was a kind and generous gentleman and will be terribly missed by all who knew him. May he rest in peace. This is a sad time for you but know you are in our thoughts and our prayers. Please accept our deepest sympathies for your profound loss. May God grant you peace, strength and courage. With much love, Helen and Jim Parker, Calgary - Posted by: HELEN Parker (friends) on: Jan 10, 2019

  • Donna, Neil & Susan & family, our deepest sympathy on the loss of Henry. We are on vacation, and are so sorry that we will not be able to attend Henry's funeral. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you on Saturday. May he rest in peace. Joyce & Walter Copp - Posted by: Joyce & Walter Copp (Longtime friends) on: Jan 10, 2019

  • To Donna De Ridder and family, I would like to offer my deepest condolences for your loss, Henry was one of my best customers and a joy to deal with over the years, we will miss his smile. - Posted by: JEFFREY STOUTAMYER (GM SERVICE ADVISOR) on: Jan 10, 2019

  • My deepest sympathy to Donna, Neil, Susan and their daughters on the passing of Henry. I would like to share a quote with Henry's family. "Henry has not died, but merely gone away, to a better place, free of pain and suffering. We will see him again some day." Rest In Peace Henry with your loved ones that passed before you. - Posted by: Patricia Homenick (Cousin) on: Jan 09, 2019

  • Donna, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. As his hairstylist I have so many wonderful memories of our visits over the past 23 years. Hugs - Posted by: Penny West (Friend) on: Jan 09, 2019

  • Donna, I'm so sorry to hear that your Henry has passed away. Our thoughts are with you. Barry and Judy - Posted by: Judy McPherson (Longtime friend) on: Jan 09, 2019

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