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WILFRED (EV) OSWALD HENRICKSON (published on April 29, 2009)



WILFRED (EV) OSWALD HENRICKSON October 12, 1923 April 26, 2009 Peacefully with his family by his side, Dad/Grampa/Great-grampa passed away at the Victoria General Hospital at the age of 85. Dad was born in Kawa, ON to Swedish immigrants. Predeceased by his loving wife of 47 years, Rosemary (Hamilton), sister Elvy Maxwell and his parents, Alice and Gus. Survived by his brother Leonard (Phyllis), sons Rick (Dolly), Randy (Cindy), daughters Rhonda and Alyce (Gow), grandchildren Jaime (Dave), Dan (Aggie), Crystal (Chris) and Melissa (Rob), great-grandchildren Dallas, Jordan, Benjamin and Cash as well as many cherished family and friends. Dad started working with CN at the age of 14 and retired as an Engineer after 59 years of service. He joined the Royal Canadian Navy in 1940 and proudly served on the HMCS Athabaskan as a Signalman until her sinking on April 29, 1944. He spent the rest of the war as a POW in France and Germany until liberation. For the past 64 years, Dad has continued to serve his country as a veteran by attending reunions with his shipmates, speaking at legions and visiting with cadets and officers in various barracks. Dad enjoyed his many years at the log house in Rainy River that he and Mom built together. He kept himself busy after retirement chopping wood for the fire, and tinkering with many on-going' projects. Many thanks to the staff in both the ER and ICU at the Victoria for all your care and support. Special thanks to Gillian for your love and dedication to Grampa. A celebration of life will be held for Dad on Thursday, April 30 at 4:00 p.m. at the Wheeler Funeral Chapel, 211 Regent Ave. W. Funeral Service will be held Saturday, May 2 at 1:00 p.m. in Rainy River, ON at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church with lunch to follow at the Legion. Cremation has taken place with interment to follow at a later date. Funeral arrangements in care of: WHEELER FUNERAL CHAPEL 211 REGENT AVENUE WEST AT BOND 224-1525


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