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George Henry

George Mitchell Henry

Wednesday, May 12th, 1937 - Saturday, December 29th, 2018
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George was born in Gladstone Manitoba to Mary & John Henry.

He passed away in Lions Gate Hospital after a lengthy courageous battle with cancer. He is survived by his loving wife Shirley, sister June (Arnie), son Michael (Susan), daughter Michele, grandchildren George (Rachel), Grant, Alex, step great-granddaughter Bella and many nieces, nephews and friends.

His love of the ocean originated in Prince Rupert where he grew up and spent summers fishing off the coast. After High School graduation he moved to New Westminster to attend BCIT and UBC.

“Mr. Henry” taught in 100 Mile House for 4 years then at Pemberton Secondary School for 30 years as a teacher and Vice-Principal . He is remembered for his musical talents in the many musical productions that he wrote and produced, and the band “The Generation Gap” that he performed with which included some of his students and a teacher. He taught a wide variety of courses including all the Industrial Education courses, English, Cooking and Band. He was a favourite teacher for many as he had the ability to connect with his students in a positive way.

George was a Charter Pemberton Lions Club member, President of PACA (Pemberton Agricultural & Community Association) President of the Pemberton Museum. He was a great historian and spent countless hours on construction, supervision and fundraising events at the Pemberton Museum. George spent much of his life in Pemberton volunteering in the community whether it was Loggers Sports , doing repairs at the Visitor Centre or helping pour concrete for the new Village water tank. He also built and operated Pemberton’s first Drive Inn Restaurant the “M & M Drive Inn.”

George built a second home on Lillooet Lake and spent much of his time there with his family and friends. It was one of his favourite places to be. Nothing gave him more pleasure than to have his family and friends surrounding him at the dining room table at the lake. He will be sorely missed by his friends there.

Family was very important to George, he was a caring, supportive father. He was a brilliant man and always a teacher to the end.

George will be missed for his sincerity and sense of humor that he maintained even during his final days.

The family wishes to give a special thank you to the Pemberton Health Centre Staff and Doctors- N. Fisher, J. Fuller, A. Finnigan, N.Vagelatos,W. Ho and all the nurses and Dr. Avenessian at the Oncology Dept at Lions Gate Hospital.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Donations may be made to the Pemberton Health Care Foundation.
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Wes Lowenberg

Posted at 09:59am
Where else could you listen to music while in class but Mr. Henry's drafting class. The shop 'field trips' he let us go on unsupervised. And of course the countless hours we spent at the drive-in. Those are some of the memories I have of one of the best teachers ever. Sincere condolences to his family and rest in peace George.

Linda (Johnson) Leslie

Posted at 07:10pm
I have such fond memories of my 3 years teaching at Pemberton Secondary School, working with George on school musicals and various theme days - which always included food. No one worked harder than George to create a sense of community for students and teachers alike.
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Chuck and Wendy Curteis

Posted at 12:38pm
How we will miss George. He has been an integral part of our lives since 1969 when he and Chuck worked together as principal and vice principal at Pemberton high school.. He did many projects for us at Birkenhead Lake, including building our original cabin and years later building a major addition. We spent many hours together fishing, laughing and swapping stories. His musical and cooking abilities, his dedication to family, friends and community will be sorely missed!
Chuck and Wendy Curteis

Posted at 12:55pm
I'll miss passing George on the road into his cabin at Lillooet Lake. George was a loving, kind, dedicated and gentle man. Our deepest condolences, Cliff & Diane Zaste

Peter Timm

Posted at 05:25pm
Shirley we’re thinking of you and your family at this difficult time.

Christine and Peter Timm

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