DADSON, Henry William June 27, 1914 - January 26, 2011 Born in Watrous, Sask. Passed away peacefully in Comox, B.C. Predeceased by his wife Patricia, sisters Dorothy (Pelly), Margery (McDiarmid), Grace (Morrison) and brothers Richard and Thomas. Survived by his children Anthony (Suree), Christopher (Paulette), Julia (John Whitman); grandchildren Carleigh and Clayton Whitman; sister Phyllis (Boyd); and many nieces and nephews. Henry served his country as Lieutenant R.C.N.V.R. on Canadian destroyers HMCS Athabaskan and HMCS Qu' Appelle, Staff Officer Lifesaving in Naval Headquarters, Ottawa and Past-President Naval Officer's Association of Winnipeg. He was keenly interested in sports, a Canadian champion in canoeing, serving for periods on Boards of the Winnipeg Canoe Club as Rear-Commodore and Vice-Commodore and the Winnipeg Ski Club as Treasurer and Vice-President. He was also a strong participant in community affairs, serving for periods on the Boards of The Winnipeg Junior Chamber of Commerce, the Metropolitan Winnipeg YMCA, secretary of the Winnipeg Rotary Club, President of the St. Vital Family YMCA, Chairman of the Budget Committee of The Winnipeg Community Chest and Treasurer of Crescent Fort Rouge United Church of Winnipeg. Henry enjoyed a successful business career as Comptroller of the Monarch Life Assurance Company of Winnipeg and later as Assistant General Manager of Fidelity Life Insurance Co. of Vancouver. Taking early retirement and accompanied by his devoted wife and partner Patricia, they enjoyed ten years of extensive travel as live-aboards on a sailboat and a recreational trailer before moving to Sechelt, B.C. in 1983 to renew their love of home and garden. Thanks to Henry's many friends, Dr. Reggler, and the nurses and staff at Eagleview Extended Care in Comox, B.C. for their care and compassion. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Parkinson's Society of British Columbia or to the charity of your choice.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on Feb. 5, 2011.