Henry F. HEALD
1929 - 2016
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HEALD, Henry F.
1929 - 2016
Henry F. Heald died on Thursday, November 17, 2016 at the Central West Hospice in his 88th year. The youngest son of Charles Wesley Heald and Ethel May Grover of Thunder Bay, Ontario, he is survived by his wife, D. Patricia (Baker) Heald, his two daughters, Brenda (Bruce Legg) of Kars and Carolyn of Kingston, and four grandchildren, Nicholas, Madeline, Cameron and Sean. He is survived by a brother, Lance (Janet) of Thunder Bay. He was predeceased by a sister, Shirley (George Taylor) and a brother, Wesley. A long-time journalist and freelance writer, Henry worked for The Evening Tribune in Welland, The Canadian Press, The Ottawa Journal, Agriculture Canada, The Anti-Inflation Board and the Canadian International Development Agency. He was a former member of the Parliamentary Press Gallery, an Honorary Life Member of the Ontario Institute of Agrologists, a Life Member of the Canadian Farm Writers Federation and a member of the Media Club of Canada. A reception will be held on Sunday, December 4, from 2-4 p.m., at Carleton Memorial United Church, 740 Melfa Crescent, Ottawa, Ontario. Donations to the charity of your choice would be appreciated by the family.
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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Nov. 19, 2016.
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July 12, 2019
We, at the Media Club of Ottawa, continue to miss Henry. He was a valued club member. Henry attended meetings for many years, frequently offering helpful advice particularly to new journalists.
June 20, 2017
Brenda and Carolyn
So sorry for your loss, I only have good memories of the towering man who could type really fast.
William Lee
December 8, 2016
Brenda and Carolyn
I was so sorry to read of the passing of your Father. I have wintery memories of your Father as he walked Atim around the neighbourhood amidst blustery snow. What a peaceful, kind person he was.

Sincerely, Carol
Carol Gudz
December 7, 2016
Sorry to hear of Henry's passing. A fine gentlemen that I knew for a short time in the late nineties when he was Secretary Manager of the Canadian Consulting Agrologists Association. Frank Payne, outgoing sec. man. and myself as the current president at the time of CCAA interviewed Henry for the job at your home in Ottawa. Helen and I enjoyed meeting you Pat and Henry at the AIC banquets and socials.
Larry Rosevear
Larry Rosevear
November 28, 2016
I had the pleasure to work with Henry in the Communications Branch of the Canadian Development Agency: Henry was a gentleman and he made me feel at ease in my new job.

My most sincere condolences to his family.
Louise Lafleur
November 28, 2016
Over many years as a farm writer I have enjoyed connecting with Henry at industry events such as Hacks and Flacks in Ottawa and the Canadian Farm Writers' Federation conferences across Canada. Henry had a great sense of decency and a genuine interest in fellow writers. He also had a broad view of agriculture that added valuable context to issues.

My condolences to Henry's family.

--Robert Irwin

Vankleek Hill, ON
Robert Irwin
November 27, 2016
May your memories of a fine man, husband and father help to ease your sorrow.
In sympathy, Maryan Tisdale
Maryan Tisdale
November 25, 2016
I was saddened to hear of Henry's passing. Henry was a wonderful addition to the Canadian Farm Writers' Federation, and his knowledge of the agriculture industry was renowned. We've missed having him at our last several conferences, but his name often comes up as we discuss the agriculture industry and his large presence in it. A toast to you, Henry! Condolences to your family -- may you all remember the good times with love.
Janet Kanters
November 22, 2016
I got to know Henry many years ago while at Agriculture Canada, and in following years had chance to renew friendship at field days and farm writer's events. As a journalist he was well respected by his peers and always a gentleman to all. My condolences to his family.
Bob McClelland
November 21, 2016
Dear Pat, Carolyn and Brenda and all,

Accept my condolences on the death of your husband, father, and grandfather. Knowing Henry and sharing with him thoughts mundane and profound has been a richness in my life. His life was aa long poem full of moments of transcendent truth mingled with blatant reality. And he knew the difference, and responded to both. He blessed our lives. May his presence remain with you in the things you loved him for.
Maura Beecher
November 20, 2016
Our deepest condolences to family,

I knew Mr. Heald since 1995, when I was employed with Citizenship and Immigration Canada Department, Communications Branch. As he and his family lived in the neighbourhood, he would escort me home after our 86C bus ride from the Ottawa Media Club meetings held at Library Archives Canada on Wellington Street. This was before the Harper government closed access to the LAC meeting venue to various community and interest groups, etc.

A perfect and charming gentleman, waiting for me to enter my home before walking on to his residence.

I am looking forward to purchasing a copy of his soon to be released book: "Before I Die: Not A Bucket List".

I remember his sage advice on journalism: always check the material twice for accuracy before printing!

An angel in heaven.


Helen and Gerard Van Eyk.
November 20, 2016
Worked with Henry as a much younger reporter at the Ottawa Journal in the 60s and 70s and always found him to be a thoroughly professional and kind gentleman - so easy to like.
So sorry he has passed. The world needs more gentlemen like Henry Heald: decent, honest, down to earth.
Michael Bryan
November 20, 2016
As head of communications for Agriculture Canada and then CIDA, I had the good fortune to work with Henry for a number of years. His knowledge, experience and wisdom were invaluable. It is a testament to his professionalism and the respect in which all held him that he was able to work with such trust and credibility on both sides of the government-media divide. My condolences to his family and many friends.
George Shaw
November 19, 2016
Dear Pat & Family
Our deepest sympathy on the loss of your beloved Henry. He will be remembered as always a kind and gentle gentleman and the thoughtful words he wrote.
Clifford & Evelyn Morrissey
November 19, 2016
Henry was a regular and valued contributor to the Manitoba Co-operator, bringing readers news and analysis on agriculture policy in Ottawa. I had the pleasure of working with him for many years, as did my father, who was publisher and editor before me. Henry was the longest-serving member of the Canadian Farm Writers Federation, and a staunch advocate for good practice in farm journalism and for the welfare of farmers around the world.
I'll miss his calls or letters asking if I'd be available for supper when he was visiting Winnipeg, which was invariably when he was on one of his marathon driving trips across the country.
My condolences to his family.
John Morriss
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