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HENDERSON, George Albert “Cecil”

December 26, 1923 – Stayner, Ontario
September 30, 2013 – Calgary, Alberta

It is with great sadness that the family of George Albert Cecil Henderson announce his passing at the Foothills Hospital, Calgary, September 30, 2013, about three months shy of his 90th birthday.

Cec was born in Stayner, Ontario on December 26 1923; he leaves to mourn his wife of sixty-seven years, Helen Henderson. His three children, Myrna (Don) McDonald, Calgary, AB.; Russell (Victoria) Henderson of West Valley, Utah; Lynn (Dean) Maruyama of Lethbridge, Alberta; his grandchildren, Ian Harrad and family of Ontario; Judy Henderson and son; Steven (Jennie) Henderson and family; Philip (Brooke) Henderson and family; Sophia and Helene Henderson all of Utah; Kimberlee Maruyama/Peter Musil of Banff, AB; Jordan Maruyama/Carrie Schwartz of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan; Riley Maruyama of Vancouver, B. C.; Meghan Maruyama/Blake Fillion of Prince George, B. C.; his sister, Ethel Wall of Newmarket, Ontario and her family both in Calgary and Ontario and his sister-in-law Edna Sears of Brooks, Alberta and her family of Brooks, Calgary, and Ontario. Extended families in Utah, Vancouver and Calgary.

Cec was predeceased by his parents, Samuel Albert (Ab) Dunn and Hilda Gertrude (Mathieson) Henderson, his brother Russell Henderson and his sisters Alma Rowsell, and Lois Arbour all of Ontario, great grand-daughter Ellie Henderson, and brother-in-law John Sears.

Cec will also be sadly missed by his dear friends or his “Pair of Jeans” as he loved to call them – Jeannie Thornton and Jean Warner. The family cannot thank them enough for all the care and friendship they have given our father over the years. We would also like to thank his caregiver, Elaine Sanquin, who made it possible for him to stay in his home these past few months and Lou and Zara Aguilera, who also helped in his care these past years. To the Doctors and Nurses of Unit 44, McCaig Tower, Foothills Hospital – for the wonderful care, and compassion you gave our father during his days in your care, thank you. To be remembered by his cousin and friend, Doris Cooper of Gosport, England, with whom he played Scrabble most days until his Myasthenia Gravis made it almost impossible for him to use the computer. A thank you too, to Dr. D. Zochodne of the Foothills Neuromuscular Clinic and Dr. Michael Mah his family doctor.

In 1943, Dad joined the Canadian Air Force and the College of Pharmacy so that he would have preference when he was out of the service. He graduated as a wireless operator June 22, 1944, was posted overseas in September, 1945 and was stationed at Bournmouth until he returned in January 1946. He left the Air Force in March 1946 and graduated Pharmacy in June 1949. Dad started work with Douglass Drugs after his graduation and in 1966, he started his own drug store business in downtown Calgary, Henderson Drugs, and Henderson Cosmetics, in 1982 he sold his stores so he could spend more time on his other business of PharmaCmart. He never lost his love of Pharmacy and until recently read about all the new medicines. He also loved Bragg Creek, where we had a cabin in early years and was devastated by the recent floods.

A Celebration of Cecil’s Life will be held at The Silver Springs Golf Club (1600 Varsity Estate Drive N.W.), on Friday, October 11, 2013 between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through Due to our father’s allergy to flowers in life, we request no flowers. Donations, if wished may be made to the charity of your choice.

In living memory of Cecil Henderson, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Crowfoot Chapel, 82 CROWFOOT CIRCLE N.W. Telephone: (403) 241-0044.

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  1. Sincerest Condolences from Bill, Lorna Rennie and family.

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  2. L. Steven Henderson :

    Today is a sad day in the Henderson Family. Our most wonderful grandfather Cec Henderson has passed away. This man was a true inspiration a man who followed a dream despite criticism and struggles of opposition. He build a great pharmaceutical company in Calgary Alberta Canada, innovating the way small pharmacy stores operate today. Making it possible for small pharmacies to not only stay in business but gain a competitive advantage over the big box stores.

    At the young age of 9 years old I sat in my grandpas drug store helping him box up drugs to be shipped out to these other small drug stores.

    I remember when I was struggling with the loss of my little girl Ellie. I received a phone call, it was my grandfather Henderson. I remember how I felt when I heard his voice as he told me I was a good father and every thing will be ok.

    Many tears will be shed from the loss of this great man. He has been an inspiration to many and even with his great accomplishments in life he always maintained a humble approach to life.

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  3. Doris@Ruth Cooper :

    It is with great sadness we say good bye to our cousin. we first met in England in 1988 when he and Helen were on holiday here we then visited them in Calgary. .
    we were so pleased that we were able to meet his family and had some wonderful times with them, I will miss my contact with him on computer. I played scrabble with him nearly every day he beat me most of the time but we both enjoyed it. it is with a sad heart that I write this message ,good bye Cec I will always think of you and the times we had when I was with you in Calgary

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  4. Mrs. Henderson, Myrna, Russ, and Lynn,

    I am truly saddened to hear of your Dad’s passing. He was a very kind and dear man and was a good grandfather to his step-grandchildren. He was always so very kind as were you, Mrs. Henderson and I am ever grateful that you both were in our lifes. I will never forget when I was in beauty school and you were visiting down in Arizona. I had this electrical contraption that was used to stimulate hair growth. Every time I would turn it own he would act like it was causing his face to twitch and it scared me. Of course he was just playing a joke and he laugh at me. He was so funny. I sure will miss talking to him. I would call once in a while and he was always seemed glad to hear from me. I pray that the windows of heaven will open for you and that God will give you comfort and peace.

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  5. Zenith Hrdlicka :

    I’m so sad to lose a close friend who was dear to me. With Helen and my husband Eddie I had many good times and memories. Love to Helen and family.

    On behalf of Angie and Ray may I offer their condolences. They are away on holidays at the present.

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    I was deeply saddened to read of the loss of my dear friend and boss.
    I worked for him for many years at Henderson drugs. He was a great boss to work for . We worked hard and there was not a day that we did not shared a laugh or two. He had a great sense of humour and he was a kind man. If a customer came in with a Prescription and had no funds to pay for it he would never let them leave without it saying pay me when you can. My sincere sympathy to his family.

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  7. Grant Trimble & Nancy Roy :

    Our sincere condolences to Helen and family! My first memories of Cec go back to Douglass Drugs back in the 50’s, but the more vivid memories swirl through the many “Grey Cup” gatherings at Dora & Hermie’s. Cec was always a warm hearted and considerate man. He will be missed by all whose lives were touched by his friendship .

    Our thoughts & prayers are with you!

    Grant & Nancy

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  8. Victoria Henderson :

    To my Dad Cecil, thank you so much for everything, you and Mom’s love towards me and my family. I am forever grateful for the privilege for being a part of your family, you are such a nice person and father-in-law, I thank you for always made me feel so welcome every time I was around you and talking over the phone. You may be gone in this world, but your memories and inspirations will remain forever in our hearts . We will miss you so much, we will take care of Mom and keep in touch with her more often. I love you.

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  9. Peter and Kelda O'Desse :

    Sincere condolences to Helen and family.I have many happy memories of Uncle Cec. Glad that Mom was able to make it to share time with you and the rest of the family.
    Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all tomorrow at the service .
    Love Peter ,Kelda ,Erin and Tara O’Desse

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  10. Colleen Clark :

    Hello Mrs. Henderson, Myrna, Lynn and Russ,

    How often I have thought of you ALL through the years, and how your Dad and family had such a wonderful influence on my life. I always, go out to Bragg and remember the times on the snowmobiles, down by the river and of course around the fire. Your Dad, was a man of vision, had such integrity and humour. I know, your parents, were such great friends of mine (Jack and Bernice Clark)…so many memories…..

    I wish you all love and great compassion,
    Colleen Clark

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