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SAMUEL JAMES HENRY "SUGAR JIM"Offer Condolences or Memory
SAMUEL JAMES HENRY "SUGAR JIM" It is with deep sadness that the family announces the passing of our father and grandfather, Samuel James Henry. Jim was predeceased by his beloved wife Sarah and brother Lou. He leaves to cherish his memory his son Tom (Aletha) granddaughters, Tracy (Derek) Manchuk, Kathy Henry; and four great-grandchildren, Jared, Jeff, Joel and Miranda. He was born and raised in the Weston area of Winnipeg where he met and married his childhood sweetheart, Sadie McKee. Together they shared a full and exciting life for 50 years that was blessed with the love of family and countless friends. "Sugar Jim" enjoyed a prestigious hockey career as a goalie - winning his first Allan Cup with the Regina Rangers in 1941. He then advanced to the NHL to play for New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins, retiring in 1955. During this time, Jim and Sadie (along with Charlie and Ina Rayner) also owned and operated the "Hockey Haven" tourist resort in Kenora, ON. These years produced a wealth of dear friends and hilarious stories. "Sammy" also owned a farm in Plumas, MB where he raised purebred Hereford cattle. Once again, time spent here led to years of fulfilment and devoted friendships. There will be many happy memories of the hours shared with Dad duck hunting, fishing, working with cattle and watching hockey. His pride and joy were his cherished granddaughters, Tracy and Kathy. Grampa was always there to babysit, cheer at figure skating competitions, school concerts, graduations - all aspects of their lives. In more recent years, Dad took immense pleasure in visiting with "the guys" at the Tuesday Morning Breakfast Club and Thursday lunches. These years also saw the growth of the "Neighbourhood Popcorn Committee" in St. James. Here, during the warm months on a nightly basis, Jim, Tommy Finn and Harold would set up their lawn chairs and keep a watchful eye - and running commentary - on their wonderful, caring community. The family wishes to express sincere thanks to all of Dads friends who took extra-special care of him during these last few years. Those who drove, visited and watched over Dad need to know what joy you brought to him. In accordance with Dads wishes, cremation has taken place and a private family service will be held. Arrangements entrusted to: CHAPEL LAWN FUNERAL HOME CEMETERY AND CREMATORIUM 885-9715
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 24, 2004
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