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WILLIAM LYLE HENRY (published on October 16, 2010)



WILLIAM LYLE HENRY With great sadness we announce that William Lyle Henry died peacefully at Victoria General Hospital on August 6, 2010 with his family at his side. He is survived by Betty Ann, his wife of 60 years; children Gail, Robert (Vicky), Ellen, Neil (Melinda) and Don (Kathryn); grand-children Laurel (Emmanuel), Tristan, Caley, Nick, Jessi, Sarah, Marlie, Marisa, Carina, Dylan and Declan; great-grandchildren Samuel and Andrew; and sister Elsie Cory. Lyle was predeceased by his parents Charles and Lillian Henry, siblings Inez (Adam), Alma (Chuck), Stan (Jean) and Ted (Agnes), and Dion Cory. Lyle was born October 28, 1918 and grew up on the family farm near Oak River, Manitoba. He joined the RCMP in 1940 and enlisted in the Provost Corps of the Canadian Army the next summer. He served in Great Britain and Italy until he was injured in a motorcycle accident in 1944. After the war Lyle enrolled in the Ontario Veterinary College in Guelph, Ontario, graduating in May 1949. In Guelph he met and married Betty Robson. They moved together to Winnipeg, where Lyle began his career with the Health of Animals division of Agriculture Canada. Family came first for Lyle and he spent countless hours in activities with his five children, including Friday night swims at the downtown Y, water skiing on the Red River and at Clear Lake, and skipping family curling teams in local bonspiels. His farm background instilled a love of nature and gardening, and Lyle and Betty enjoyed planting and harvesting together both at home and in rural plots. He was an environmentalist and composter long before it was fashionable and made sure that all his offspring were well aware of their impact on the earth. Curling was Lyle's passion. He was an active member of the Strathcona Curling Club, where he served as President in 1963-4 and as a Director until the club folded. He represented the province in seniors' competitions in Calgary and Ottawa and in a Canadian Legion championship. He was named All-Star skip in the 1986 provincial masters' bonspiel. In 1991 Lyle was made an honourary life member of the MCA and he was inducted into the Manitoba Curling Hall of Fame as a curler-builder in 1997. Lyle developed several new interests to challenge himself after he retired in 1975. He was an active community volunteer with Meals on Wheels and Victoria Lifeline, the Fort Whyte Nature Centre, and Stony Mountain Penitentiary, where he drove family members for visits to inmates. He gave new life to discarded furniture by becoming an expert at wood refinishing and reupholstery. He drove taxi for his son's business and spent two summers as a guide and handyman in a fishing lodge at Great Slave Lake. Lyle stayed physically active by riding his 10-speed bicycle around the perimeter, culminating in a 2,572 mile, 23-day cycling trip from Winnipeg to Nova Scotia at the age of 60. Lyle was a member of the Charleswood Legion, Branch 100 and the St. Andrew's Society of Winnipeg and he served on the Church Boards of Chalmers United, Oxford United and St. Norbert United (now Trinity United) where he was a Charter Member. He was also made an Honourary Life Member of the Manitoba Veterinary Medical Association in 2003. Our family is grateful to the staff at Poseidon Care Centre, the Golden Door Geriatric Centre and the 4th floor north of Victoria General Hospital for the compassionate care given to Lyle. We especially thank Dr. Jean Prenovault for arranging to have our parents share the same hospital room. In keeping with his wishes, Lyle's body has been donated to the University of Manitoba Anatomy Department for scientific medical research. A memorial service for Lyle will be held at 1:00 p.m. on October 23, 2010 at Trinity United Church, 933 Summerside Avenue.


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