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Born: Sep 11, 1943

Date of Passing: Nov 15, 2022

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September 11, 1943 – November 15, 2022

Harry went home to Jesus on November 15, 2022. He is remembered with much love by his wife of 53 years, Francie, by their three children and their spouses, Celesta and Leo, Alyssa and Zig, and John and Sarah, and by their seven grandchildren, Keziah, Priscilla, Rachel, Joshua, Noah, James and Anna. Also cherishing his memory are his sister, Shirli (of Toronto), his nephew, Gary, and his niece, Peggy.
Harry was born on September 11, 1943, to Jack and Beatrice Humby, both of whom have predeceased him. Harry grew up in St. James and then attended the University of Manitoba where he met Francie. They were married on May 19, 1969. He earned a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Education, and a Master of Education from the U of M.
Over the course of 28 years, Harry taught Science and Physics to high school students at Pierre Radisson Collegiate. He was the vice principal there for the last 19 of those years. For the two years prior to his retirement, Harry was president of the St. Boniface Teachers' Association. He was also a professional photographer for more than 20 years.
Harry participated in many activities. Every summer, he enjoyed going to the lake with his family. He photographed every family birthday, celebration, and holiday. He was a licensed Advanced Amateur Radio Operator and a certified instructor for the Dale Carnegie public speaking and interpersonal skills course. Harry earned National Lifeguard certification and then volunteered as a swimming instructor for the YMCA-YWCA for fifteen years. He studied Kung Fu for several years and then Kendo for 11 years, during which time he earned a Second Dan. Harry started trapshooting at the age of 65, and, over the past 14 years, he has won more than 150prizes provincially, nationally, and internationally. He was president of the Manitoba Trapshooting Association for two years and the president of the Winnipeg Trap and Skeet Club for the past three years. For his contribution to this sport, Harry was inducted into the Manitoba Trapshooting Hall of Honour on August 20, 2022.
Harry became a Christian in 1981 and was baptized in 1983. For six years, he volunteered at Evangel Chapel's Drop Zone (a lunch program for teens). He has been a member of the Canadian board for Eagle Wings' Children's Village, an orphanage/boarding school in Uganda, since it was founded by Manitobans in 2005.
Sincerest thanks are extended to Dr. Balko and the Palliative Care home and Riverview staff who provided invaluable medical help, to the many friends and family members who offered up prayers on Harry's behalf, and to Harry's pallbearers – John, Leo, Zig, Carlyle, Vern, Richard, Lorne, and Barry.
If friends so wish, they may donate to Eagles Wings Children's Village, Box 282, Winnipeg, MB, R3C 2G9.
Harry's celebration of life will take place at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 22, 2022 at Anchor Point Church, 1400 Pembina Hwy., Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2C1.

"For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life." - Jesus
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Arrangements entrusted to:
Crossings Funeral Care
Steinbach, Manitoba
(204) 326-7203


As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 19, 2022

Condolences & Memories (11 entries)

  • My sincerest condolences to Francie and the entire Humby family. My son Alek and I knew Harry from Winnipeg Trap & Skeet. We greatly enjoyed our time in getting to know Harry, and we shared common interest and love in Trap Shooting, Photography, Ethics and of course God. He even gave my son Alek his first job hat the club at age 16 which we greatly appreciated. We will truly miss Harry and it was a privilege to know him. - Posted by: Petar Pejovic (Friend) on: Nov 23, 2022

  • Condolences to Francie and Family. Harry was my science teacher at PRC, and a Vice Principal colleague when I returned to teach there. He was a kind and ethical man who cared deeply about his students. His sense of humor and thoughtful dealings with staff and students were always appreciated. He was a lovely man. RIP Harry. - Posted by: Darlene Gerrior (Former student and Colleaguo) on: Nov 23, 2022

  • Deepest sympathy to Francie and Family on Harry’s passing. I had the privilege of working with Harry on an MTS committee. Giving him a ride to a meeting allowed me a chance to talk with him and get to know him a little better. May he Rest In Peace. Sincerely, Josie Landry - Posted by: Josie Landry (Colleague) on: Nov 22, 2022

  • Mr. Humby has a very special place in my heart. It was with his encouragement and support that I was able to graduate from high school with the courses I required to enter nursing school. For the last 40 years I have been blessed with a fulfilling nursing career - caring for many, many patients and mentoring many more nurses. Thank-you Mr. Humby! My sincerest condolences to his family. - Posted by: Kathy Dickinson (Former student) on: Nov 21, 2022

  • One of my favourite high school teachers who somehow made Physics fun! I’ll always remember his wacky experiments that sometimes didn’t quite work out. I remember sitting in Chemistry class when we heard a bang and some light smoke from the room next door. Mr Munro just quietly shut his door. A wonderful person who was almost always happy and busy. RIP Mr. Humby. - Posted by: Colleen Wilson (Former PRC student ) on: Nov 20, 2022

  • Chris and I have finds memories of Mr Humby during our years at PRC. Condolences to his family - Posted by: Cheryl and Chris Enquist (Former students) on: Nov 19, 2022

  • I was a student at Pierre Radisson Collegiate and graduated in 1975/76. I remember Mr Humby so fondly and I am so sorry for your loss. I was so happy to read that he became a man of faith and lived a life of love and service. My most sincere condolences Diane - Posted by: Diane Carlson (Student) on: Nov 19, 2022

  • My condolences to the Humby family. I attended PRC from '76-'79 and have many memories of Mr Humby. Flash forward many years, and he took the pictures for my Wedding. RIP Mr Humby. - Posted by: Cathi Melnyk (former student) on: Nov 19, 2022

  • Mr. Humby will always remain close to my heart. He was an incredible teacher who helped me get excited about learning. He was an inspiration and one of the key components to see my heart for what it was and help me graduate high school. My sincere condolences and sympathies to his family and many friends. Big love and respect to a wonderful humanitarian. - Posted by: Micheal Morgan (PRC Student ) on: Nov 19, 2022

  • RIP Harry. I have many fond memories of my time in Harry’s science classes. As a young person, I was a leader in training at the South Family YMCA. I had three good buddies that also hung out at the Y, but went to different high schools. Harry was a regular there swimming and working out. One day my three “good” buddies told Harry - that I was the biggest dealer at PRC. Which was absolutely not true - they were putting one over on Harry and messing with me. The next six months I was under some intense scrutiny from old Harry. In the end it all worked out well. I also went on to become a teacher. Glen Gordon - Class of 84 - Posted by: Glen Gordon (Former Student ) on: Nov 19, 2022

  • My sincerest condolences to Mr. Humby's family and friends. I remember Mr. Humby as a kind, teacher and human being, and one of the teachers who inspired a love of science in a high school student who at that time, thought she 'wasn't good' at science. He was an influencing adult for me. I later went into education and became a high school science teacher, because he taught me I could. Thank-you for being that teacher for me all those years ago. (Class of 82). - Posted by: Sherri Palmer (Former student ) on: Nov 19, 2022

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