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HENRI, Herbert Leonard

Herb passed away peacefully on September 23, 2018, after a battle with ALS, which he fought all the way. Survived by his loving family, wife Margie, married 68 years, sons Don (Sally) and Doug (Randi), grandson Trevor (Rachael), great grandchildren Andrew and Marian, step granddaughter Paula (Roger), step grandson Justin (Amanda), great grandsons Tyler (Christina), Mathew (Ty) and Cole, great granddaughter Jordanna, great great grandchild Lincoln and honorary grandson Christopher Baker.

In his early life, Dad took up the saxophone and clarinet and persuaded some friends to form a group who played the Fraser Valley, in New Westminster and Harrison Hot Springs.

In his early 20’s, Dad went to work for Whonnock Lumber, starting on the green chain. He worked his way up to vice president of Whonnock Industries, manager of Holding Lumber at Adams Lake Shuswap, eventually moving up country to settle in Chase, BC and later to the Kelowna area. The company was purchased by International Forest Products of which he became a director and was involved in the acquisition of 5 more lumber mills and seven logging operations.

In the 1970’s, he purchased a 172 Cessna.  Mom and Dad had a great time exploring any place you could land a plane. Later when he got his float plane endorsement, he was able to get to the logging camps and fish the little mountain lakes. In the 1980’s, he took up skiing and tackled the interior mountains with his buddies.

After 40 years with the company, Dad retired, and it was time to play. He and Mom travelled the world, visiting over 50 countries and, as he was an avid golfer, playing at St. Andrews in Scotland was a highlight.

Dad enjoyed being with family and friends; he always made sure you were being looked after and would help you with anything that was needed.  He will be dearly missed.

Special thanks to Dr. Parsons and the staff of Mission Creek Landing who looked after Dad with consideration and loving care. Should family and friends so desire, memorial donations may be made to the ALS Society of BC, www.alsbc.ca.

A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 1:00 pm at Springfield Funeral Home, 2020 Springfield Rd, Kelowna, BC.  If you wish to send a condolence, post photos or share a memory, please scroll down the page to the area called “Share Your Condolences.”

Saturday, September 29, 2018 at 1:00 pm

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memorial donations may be made to the ALS Society of BC, www.alsbc.ca


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The service for HENRI, Herbert Leonard is scheduled for Saturday, September 29, 2018 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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2020 Springfield Rd Kelowna


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  • Don Long says:

    Don & Anna send you our heart-felt condolences to Margie and all Herb’s family as you go through this difficult time. Herbie was a great, friendly neighbour and always kept us smiling and laughing. Praying for you all!

  • Ken & Linda Baxter says:

    So very sorry to hear of Herb’s passing. Our sincere condolences to Margie & family. What an interesting life Herb lived, he will be missed.

  • Matthew Henri & Family says:

    Going to miss you Uncle Herb, we always loved coming out to visit with you and Auntie Marg. Summer trips were never complete without a visit with the Henri’s.

  • Rick and Beverley Iglesias says:

    Always appreciated Herb’s enlightening talks, wise words of wisdom and encouragement he shared with many Chase residents. Truly professional and always a gentleman to anyone he met. I personally remember his many hours of practising at Sunshore Golf Course. Sending Marjorie and family our sincere condolences.

  • ralph kinross says:

    Sorry to hear the news about Herb,, he was a great boss..,He had me take over the shake and shingle div of Whonnock Lumber, (Later Inter)for) and I worked with him for many years.until he went up to Chase, B.C.

  • Pete & Barb Wicklund says:

    Sorry for your loss, Herb was a good person and a fine manager. I worked for him at Adams Lake for over 20 years. I know
    he will be missed by many.

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