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HENDERSON, Dr. Harold Raymond

July 11, 1920 — December 30, 2014

Dad passed away peacefully on Tuesday, December 30, 2014 at the age of 94 with family at his side. He was predeceased by his wife of 70 years, Maybel on May 28, 2013 as well as his brother Leigh and sister Evelyn Burnett.

Survived by daughter Maureen (Mel) Serink and their three children: Jen (Rich Martin) and their daughters Sophia and Emily; Julia (Jeff Mah) and their daughter Ava; Andrea; son Bruce (Peg) Henderson and their four children: Jacci (Graeme) Herring and sons Alex and Matthew; Melissa (Jarrod) Oliver and twin daughters Sydney and Peyton; Christine (Alan Stremel); James; his sister Kay McLeod; as well as many nieces, nephews and his many friends at Sandalwood.

Dad was born in Calgary and came to Kelowna in 1934 with his family. At the age of 19, he taught school in South Kelowna. After serving in the war, Dad obtained his Dental Degree in Toronto and then returned to Kelowna in 1950, where he practiced Dentistry for many years. Dad enjoyed fishing and had many eventful and sometimes successful fishing trips with friends over the years. He also enjoyed curling as well as golfing at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club. Dad was a lifetime member of the Rotary Club of Kelowna; President in 1955, District Governor 1967-1968, Director of Rotary International 1976-1978 and Third Vice-President of Rotary International in 1977-1978. Dad continued to serve Rotary in many capacities for the next twelve years or so. In 1977 Harold was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal. In 1986 he received the Key to the City of Kelowna and in 1997 was named the Male Citizen of the Year for Kelowna. Dad was also involved with the Boy Scouts, First United Church, Kelowna Advisory Planning Committee and many other organizations. Even with all the above, Dad spent a lot of time with his family enjoying yearly family vacations, summer time at Green Bay and lots of fun boating on the lake. Harold was a very intelligent, kind and gentle man who will be truly missed by all who knew him.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 10th at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Road, Kelowna, BC with Rev. Karen Medland officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Kelowna General Hospital Foundation, 2268 Pandosy Street, Kelowna BC, V1Y 1T2 or Central Okanagan Hospice Association, 1040-1456 St. Paul Street, Kelowna, BC, V1Y 2E6. For those wishing to send a condolence, photos or share memories, may do so by scrolling down this page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”



Saturday, January 10th at 1:00 pm

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The service for HENDERSON, Dr. Harold Raymond is scheduled for Saturday, January 10th at 1:00 pm . Below you will find the map for the service location and the contact information should you have any questions.

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  • Alan Milnes says:

    Dear Bruce and family,

    I am sorry to learn of the death of your dad. I didn’t know Dr. Henderson but the death of someone so loved is always difficult. May the memories of your father and grandfather sustain you and comfort you while you travel along this road. My best to you and your family.

    Alan Milnes

  • Roylene Little says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, I will always remember him fondly.

    • Alexa (Cmolik) Stochmal says:

      Hi, Bruce and Family

      So sorry to hear about your Dad. Finding oneself an orphan is a shock no matter how old you are.

      You are lucky to have many, many great memories and over time they only get better.


  • Loretta Stutters says:

    I would like to give my condolences to the family of Dr. Harold Henderson. He was my dentist many years ago when I was a teenager. I have been very grateful to Dr. Henderson for personally stepping in for me and advocating for me that I would be a good choice to enter the very first year of the Dental Assisting Program here at Okanagan College in 1975. It was because of him that I got into the program and had a successful career in Dental Assisting. Many thanks!
    Loretta Stutters

  • Dixie shirreff says:

    Bruce, Maureen and your extended family,
    I am so sorry for your loss. Hold on to the memories. It feels like not long ago I was staying with you all the summer house and riding in the boat with Uncle Harold. Time flies but the memories are still there. Love to you all. Dixie

  • Kurt Hoeschle says:

    We were very sorry to hear that
    Harold passed away
    Please know that we are thinking of you
    Kurt Hoeschle and family

    • Adolf Illichmann says:

      Hi Bruce and Family.
      Trouhg Rotary i mett Harald.
      He was a Gentleman and a great Rotarian.He will be missed by all Rotarians of Kelowna.
      PDG Adolf Illichmann.

  • Gregg Philip Moubray says:

    He was a good and kind gentleman.
    He will be missed, not least at Sandalwood, there I had the pleasure to be in his company at many a lunch.
    Kind regards Gregg Moubray, Denmark

  • Ken says:

    What a wonderful life; take his wisdom now and make it yours to carry on to others around you. He is smiling seeing his family together.

  • Claude and Marlene Saumure says:

    Bruce, Peg and family, so sorry to hear of the death of your father, Bruce. Please keep the wonderful memories for the future to help you through this difficult time.

  • Sandy Campbell says:

    Bruce, Peg and family,
    I’m so sorry to learn of the loss of your Dad and Grandpa.
    May you find peace and comfort in all the very special memories you have. My thoughts are with you, Jacci, Melissa, Christine and Jamie.
    Sandy Campbell (Lefebvre)

  • Joy Oxenham says:

    Over the past 5 years I have been privileged to know Harold. Living in Sandalwood, we saw each other often at meal times and often sat at the same table. He is already missed here. How wonderful that his physical struggles are over.

    I know that he will always be missed here but much more by the family. My condolences to you. Sincerely, Joy Oxenham

  • Brenda Stewart says:

    Dear Bruce and family,
    So sorry to hear of your recent loss. Your dad was a very respected man in our community and his passing will be mourned by many. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Brenda Stewart

  • Ken Glen says:

    My condolences on your dads passing Bruce.

    Ken Glen

  • Glenna Messer says:

    Dr. Henderson was our family dentist. He was always so kind, interested in our lives, respected, and a true gentleman.
    Thinking of you.
    The Todd family from Peachland

  • Beryl Baldeo says:

    Dear Henderson Family;
    I send my sympathy to you on the death of Dr. Harold; a lovely gentle man, a true gentleman who gave to his family, profession and his community.
    Know as “Mr. Rotary” Greatly loved and respected.
    God be with you all. Beryl Baldeo

  • R Wayne Rimple says:

    My condolence to the family. His presence will be missed. Even though the physical paper of life leaves us, the memories will be with forever. Thank you Harold for you service to Rotary, I know HE has more for you do

    R Wayne Rimple- Rotary District 5060 Governor 2009 / 2010

  • Bruce Falkins says:

    Bruce and Family, I am so sorry to hear about your Dad’s passing, I met him later in life through Rotary but thought he seemed like a kind gentle man. Donna and my thoughts are with you and your family.
    Bruce Falkins
    District Governor
    District 5060

  • Carole Paradis says:

    Bruce & Peggy
    Your father was an exceptional man.
    I was very privileged when in 1986 Harold conducted the installation for
    my year as Rotary Club president. Recently we enjoyed some time with your Dad at Cottonwoods.
    Rotary was very fortunate because of
    his outstanding service.
    Carole & Paul Paradis.

  • Ed & Dianne Barker says:

    Peg & Bruce & family – So sorry to hear that Bruce’s Dad is no longer with you. It is not easy to accept that death is part of life’s journey because we miss our loved ones so much when they are gone. Hold on to the great memories, and may they bring you comfort. God Bless you all. Dianne & Ed

  • Ed & Dianne Barker says:

    Bruce, Peggy & family – we are so sorry to hear that Bruce’s Dad has died. I know you will miss him very much. I hope your memories provide comfort. God Bless you all. Ed & Dianne

  • Jim & Carol Adamson says:

    To Harold’s Family,
    We knew Harold through Rotary. My parents (same names) were good friends, even though separated by a national border and over 200 miles. Later, as we became more involved in Rotary, we came to appreciate all Harold had done in service to others. He was always friendly and caring, and took a personal interest in our lives. He will be missed. Our prayers are with you all during this time of transition and loss, but God has gained a great man in his Kingdom.

  • Jacqueline Whitecross says:

    What an amazing Rotarian and citizen. I remember Harold in Rotary when I lived in Kelowna many years ago. Also, I was previously married to a dentist and we lived in Kelowna becoming very involved in the Kelowna Rotary family. I remember him as an absolutely lovely gentleman.
    All the wonderful memories of your father will be something special to hold on to. God bless you all.

  • Jim and Carol Adamson says:

    The Henderson Family:

    We are so saddened to hear of your loss. Harold was a special friend. He and May took us under their wing in 1976 when Jim became D.G. What a wonderful, mentoring couple, who loved Rotary and “service above self”.

    What special memories we have of fun times on the golf course, bridge games and so many Rotary events.

    Harold was truly a “gentle” man. It is mind staggering to think of how many lives he has impacted over the years. What a wonderful legacy he has left behind. “Well done, good and faithful servant”.

    We are unable to be at the Celebration of his life, but please know we will be there in spirit.

    Jim and Carol Adamson I

  • Marlene & Paul Mamchur says:

    Our deepest heartfelt sympathy to you Bruce & your family. We have known your mom and dad for many many years through curling and also your dad was also our dentist before you. We have the deepest respect for your parents and yourself. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time.Hugs

  • Pam & Bjarne Carlsen says:

    Dear Bruce, Peggy & Family
    We are very sorry to hear that your Dad has passed away. He was our first dentist when we moved to Kelowna before Bruce took over his practice. We hope all the good memories you shared with him will help you through this difficult time.
    Pam and Bjarne Carlsen

  • Rafael "Paing" G. Hechanova Sr. says:

    To the Family of Harold R. Henderson –

    I had the pleasure of having met him at several occasions through the years. He was a great Rotarian and a mentor to some of us younger Directors.

    Our condolences and prayers for his eternal rest.

    Rafael ‘Paing’ G. Hechanova Sr.
    RI Director 1996-98
    Member, Rotary Club of Makati
    Metro-Manila, Philippines

  • W J Fred Froese says:

    Dear Bruce and Peggy and All your family. Dr Henderson was a leader — who will be difficult to emulate. And the dental community and Rotarians alike — along with your Family can
    celebrate a life well lived !

  • Sushil Gupta says:

    I would like to give my condolences to the family of Past Rotary International’s Director Dr. Harold Henderson. May God bless his soul with eternal heavenly peace and give the bereaved family the courage and strength to bear this irreparable loss.

  • R.K.Saboo says:

    Dear family of my good friend Past R.I.Director of Rotary International Harold Henderson,

    The word has come to me about the passing away of Harold. I have had the privilege of knowing him when I was incoming Rotary Governor and he was a Director on the Rotary International Board. Since then, he had special fondness for me and I was privileged to walk on the Rotary journey with his guidance. We continued out contact for quite some time but then with the growing age this got discontinued. By now Harold must have been in the ripe age having lived the life fully. If that has been the case then considering that everyone has to depart from this world one day, it must be regarded as celebration of life. And yet, there is a special place for a parent and his passing away does create a vacuum. I send my heartfelt condolence to you on the sorrow of your bereavement, praying for peace to the departed soul.

    Past President Rotary International (91-92)

  • Wilf. Wilkinson says:

    Dear Family of Dr. PRIVP Harold
    I had the honour of meeting your father for the first time in 1976 and both he and your mother many times over the years thanks to Rotary. I was always impressed by his energy and enthusiasm.Unfortunately I am currently out of the country and cannot be with you.Please accept my sincere sympathies. Wilf Wilkinson

  • Mark and Liz Shirreff says:

    what a wonderful and successful life your dad enjoyed Bruce and Maureen…service and humanity…a role model for all…he will be greatly missed…the last of the husbands of the Edwards girls…a truly sad day…

  • Bernie & Ev Monteleone says:

    Bruce, Peggy & Family . . . We were saddened to hear of your dad’s passing, Bruce. Cherish your memories & the special moments you shared. He was a real gentleman! Always enjoyed chats when visiting Sandalwood. Your in our thoughts & prayers at this time of your loss!
    Bernie & Ev

  • Pete & Melinda Erickson says:

    Melinda & I met Harold and Mae through Rotary 30 years ago. We enjoyed the friendship and cherished the guidance provide as we traveled the Rotary road. Harold was such a great mentor and role model for me personally. I cherish the memories. We have the family in our thoughts and prayers.
    Pete Erickson, PDG

  • Marvin Munro says:

    Harold lived the ideals of Rotary. His contribution to D5060 will long be remembered.
    PDG Marvin & Sheran Munro

  • Maxine DeHart says:

    So sorry to hearing of Harold’s passing. Chris and I always enjoyed seeing him at Rotary functions throughout the years. Condolences to the family and his extended Rotary family and friends.

  • Ross Gordon says:

    Dear Bruce and Maureen and families. I am so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Such a long life of service and contribution though. I remember those days of long ago on DeHart Avenue and Elliot Avenue.Take care and I am thinking of you. Ross.

  • Bob Scott says:

    Many years ago Harold was a very helpful mentor to me as a newly elected DG. His advice was always given in the friendliest of ways so much that you did not realise until after what great information he had given. Over the years we have met infrequently but I was happy to have home co host a luncheon at the Ottawa Institute as a thank you for his advice and friendship.

  • Kathy Truant says:

    I’m glad that I knew your dad Bruce. He was a kind and gentle person, and certainly made the world a better place with all his years of selfless service. He and your mom were very proud of you; they did a great job as parents too.

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