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HENRI, Albert

July 26, 1947 – Leoville, Saskatchewan
August 28, 2018 – Calgary, Alberta

Albert, beloved husband, father, and friend to many, passed away peacefully at Dulcina Hospice on August 28, 2018 at the age of 71 years after a brief and courageous battle with cancer.

Albert was born in Leoville, SK, on July 26, 1947. He spent his childhood on the farm and as a young man moved to Whitehorse where he met and fell in love with Annemieke Vandenbeld. They married in Calgary on September 5th 1970 and settled in Bowness to raise a family, direct the church choir, drive truck, and work the steel yard. In the early 1990’s Albert started his own business as a handyman and painter- he could fix anything. He built relationships with customers and employees that he would maintain to his death. In 2002 he answered God’s call and was ordained a Deacon in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Southern Alberta serving in St. Bernard’s and Holy Name parishes. This was his true calling as he touched countless lives with his compassion, kindness, and amazing gift to be present and attentive to the suffering and needs of others. Albert loved to play guitar and watch his grandchildren in all of their activities. He cherished the annual family vacations to Penticton, BC. Together Albert and Annemieke travelled to Europe and the Holy Land, and embraced all the joys of life together. He will be missed by many.

Albert is survived by his wife, Annemieke Henri (nee Vandenbeld) of 47 years; son and daughter-in-law, Christopher and Elizabeth Henri; daughter and son-in-law, Nicole and Dihan Seneviratne; grandchildren, Douglas, Mark, and Katelin Henri, Amber and Alyssa Seneviratne; siblings, Cecil and Doug Sias, Rene and Gladys Henri, Denise and Brian Pedersen, Lisette and Paul Smith, Mariette and Rick Lemieux, and Lorraine Charbonneau.

Albert was predeceased by his parents, Edmund and Adrienne Henri.

Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Chapel of the Bells, 2720 Centre Street North Calgary, AB) on Thursday, August 30, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary’s Cathedral (219 – 18th Avenue S.W., Calgary, AB) on Friday, August 31, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Reception to follow at the church hall.

Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Dulcina Hospice, c/o Covenant Foundation, Rm 3C60, 11111 Jasper Ave, Edmonton, AB T5K 0L4 Telephone: 1-866-342-8126, www.covenantfoundation.ca.

In living memory of Deacon Albert Henri, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, CALGARY, AB, T2E 2V6, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Nancy and Mike Savage :

    Annimeke and family, we offer you comfort and prayers in this time of sorrow. He may not physically be here but you and us know that you will see him again. We send our love.

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  2. Linette and James Savage :

    Albert made an impact in our lives. He will be greatly missed.

    He will be in our prayers

    Linette and James Savage

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  3. Tammy Conacher :

    I am very sad to hear of the loss of Deacon Albert. He had such a wonderful sense of humour and ability to be so welcoming. He will be missed by so many as he has made a difference in so many people’s lives.

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  4. Jean & Harold Clitheroe :

    Very sorry for your loss, Annemieke and Family. We greatly respected Albert and our faith lives were enriched by his service as a Deacon in our parish. May you find comfort in the assurance of the resurrection and in knowing you will see him again in eternity. We wish you peace and love.

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  5. Albert was a great man. His faith and generous spirit was a guide for us and our family. We were lucky to have Albert and you, Annemieke, in our lives. Remember his impact on us and others will remain forever and his faith has guided him home. He will be missed.
    Talk soon. Love Phil and Donna Bruch

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  6. Lorie and Darrell Funk :

    Our hearts are saddened by the news of Albert passing. I will miss our occasional talks over the fence. So many interesting stories Albert and Annimeke have shared. So much neighbourhood history to tell. As long as I have lived in my home Albert has always been a larger than life precence in the neighbourhood. I don’t think there is a single person in this neighbourhood Albert did not impact in some way. We will truly miss Albert. Our deepest condolences to the Henri family for your tremendous lose.

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  7. As a member of Holy Name Parish, I am deeply saddened at the sudden death of Deacon Henri. In the short time he has been our Deacon, I have always looked forward to listening to his homilies, I always found his insight impactful and spoke to me on some level. I would always make a point of shaking his hand on Sunday mornings after Mass and tell him how much I enjoyed his homily. I will miss Deacon Henri very much. My deepest condolences and prayers to his grieving family.

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  8. Annimeke and family: May you be comforted at this time of great loss. Albert will most surely be missed. We share in your sadness as we remember all that Deacon Albert was for so many. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers,

    Jean and Brian West

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  9. RIP Albert, the many blessings that you so selflessly gave live on in the many lives that you have touched. Godspeed.

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  10. Susan Littleton :

    I will always treasure the time that I had with Uncle Albert at the family reunion last summer!!! He will be so missed!! I am rejoicing that he is at full peace in his Heavenly home and look forward to another one of those big loving hugs when we meet again! Much love to ALL of you, praying for God’s peace and comfort to carry you each day! XOXOXO

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  11. Monica, Joerg, Justin, and Nicole Gottschling :

    Annimeke,
    We are deeply saddened to hear of Deacon Albert’s passing. He held a very special place in our hearts. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you and your family.

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  12. Dulce and Dave Bentham :

    Please let us offer our sincere condolences. Albert will be missed. He was one of our Lord’s true disciples. He shared his verse and song to bring joy to all in Jesus’ name. The world is poorer for Albert’s passing but we know he is at peace.

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  13. Maggie Mercer :

    This is such a loss for the Holy Name family. I will never forget his constant smile that truly reflected his faith in our Savior. My family will miss him. May he rest in eternal peace. Thank you Deacon Albert for sharing your gifts with us.

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  14. Jennifer & Peter Lubey :

    A wonderful and incredibly kind person Albert was. He will always be very special and dear to our family. Our thoughts are with you Annemieke and family.

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  15. Bobbie & Frank Vaniersel :

    We are saddened by the news of Albert’s passing. He always had a smile, the best hug & was accepting of everyone! A truly wonderful man! Annemieke, please know that you & your family are in our hearts & prayers… May God comfort you during this difficult time.

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  16. JerryMoras.com :

    What a peaceful death! Just three days prior to his departure, me and Anita held his hand for the final time, he uttered slowly, ‘ Anita and Jerry, I’m going to meet Jesus, my mission is accomplished here on earth’ We consoled him and prayed ‘Our Father and Hail Mary and Glory Be’ and surrendered all his suffering in the blood of Christ. Kissed his final time. We are deeply saddened at the sudden death of Deacon Henry. Deacon Henry, we have always looked forward to listening to your homilies, We always found to your insight impactful. We will miss Deacon Henry very much. Our deepest condolences and prayers to your grieving family.

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  17. Paulina van der Valk-Vaniersel :

    I’m so sorry to hear of his passing, Albert has been a rock for our whole family for years. He will be greatly missed.

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  18. Deacon Tom & Dianne O'Toole :

    Dear Annimeka and Family

    May God send all his angels and saints to hold and comfort you.

    Tom & Dianne ( O’Toole Family)

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  19. Annimeke and Family, Please accept our sincere condolences. As a new Deacon I very often looked up to Albert as a mentor and guide. Our Deacon Community and the greater Catholic community has suffered a great loss. May his soul rest in peace. He will be missed.

    Sandra and Ron Fortier

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  20. David Johnson :

    Dear Annemieke and family,
    Our heartfelt condolences on the passing of our dear Deacon Albert. Indeed we are all better people for having walked the earth, and skated the hockey rinks with Albert. You and Albert have had a profound impact on our family in so many ways including his presiding over the beautiful wedding of our daughter Jessica to Garrett. I have to mention how honored I was to be his defense partner on the Gerritsen hockey team. We will all miss his spiritual guidance, friendship and sportsmanship.
    Sincerely, David and Cindy Johnson and family

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  21. Dear Annemieke and family ,
    We are saddened by the news of Albert passing , Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He will be missed.

    Those we love don’t go away,
    They walk beside us every day,
    Unseen, unheard, but always near,
    Still loved, still missed and very dear.
    –Author unknown
    Sincerely, Dean and Sharon Burrows and Family

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  22. I remember when Albert and Annemieke moved in across the street from my home. You were, and are great neighbors. I thank you Albert for presiding the celebration of my Fathers passing. You touched every one who attended, especially his brother – my uncle, and myself.
    Sincerely Ric and Liz Boer

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  23. Dear Annemieke and family, please accept our sincere condolences and prayers on your loss. May God grant you the strength and grace at the difficult time, and His peace and joy to Albert that he so deserved. Deacon Vivian and Ophelia Pinto

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  24. Angela Phillips :

    Dear Annemieke and family,
    Please accept our sincere condolences on the sudden loss of Deacon Henri. We pray that God grants his soul eternal rest. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Love & Peace,
    Dudley, Angela, CreeAnn & Seonaid Phillips

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  25. Deacon Bill & Jan Young :

    Dear Annemieke and family,
    Please know that you have been in our thoughts and prayers and we will continue to pray for you in this time of heartfelt loss. Albert was a Good and Faithful Servant, an inspiration, and we will miss him, and yet we rejoice in his Heavenly Peace!

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  26. Dear Annemieke & Family. ” Sorry for your lose while sending condolences ” !! Although these words are from the bottom of my heart & are genuine for the lose of such a Gentleman as Albert was just doesn’t seem to express it enough ! I have had the privilege of living across the street from Albert nearly 30 yrs. His presence & contagious smile & willingness to help me in any situation , be it fix my toilet, nail the siding back on from gusting winds etc or just share his time in conversation & humor with me is an understatement to say I’ll miss him ! A Man of such caliber as Albert is few & far between & anyone lucky enough to have met him was truly Blessed ! I said it before & I’ll say it again ” Albert, you rocked our block ” !

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  27. Colleen MacDonald and Roberta Pippard :

    Annamieke and Family, our thought and prayers are with
    you at this very sad time.

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  28. Clermont Family :

    Annemieke & Family,
    Our deepest condolences to you and the family.
    We are honored and blessed to have known Albert. He was truly a blessing in our families’ lives and we will all miss him dearly. Remembering his wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. We will pray for him as he prayed for us and know that he is watching over us.

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  29. Donna Rodgers :

    Dear Annemieke and Family,
    Our prayers and thoughts to you and your family. Cherish the wonderful memories of Albert as he was such a caring and loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. We will always remember his smile and twinkle in his eyes. May God comfort you. Sympathy from Wayne, Donna and Family

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  30. Sherry and Greg Vera :

    Our deepest sympathies to you and your children and grandchildren on the loss of Albert.

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  31. Fr. Alfredo S. Pereira :

    My dear Annemieke & Family,

    Heart filled with sympathy at the sudden and untimely loss of your beloved, Deacon Albert Henri. He was a man of deep faith, courage and was a decent man. He was the deacon, that I was proud to work with as he was ordained a deacon during my tenure at St. Bernard and Our Lady of the Assumption parishes. He was held in high esteem by my brother and me. My brother, Fr. Mario Pereira, when he was visiting Canada met him in 2001 and said to him and I quote: ‘Deacon Albert! Your face reminds me of my late dad, Felix.’ Deacon Albert was a compassionate and humorous man. Many of us were touched by his life and his preaching. He will be sadly missed by us here on this earth but our faith assures us that we will unite with him God-willing, in the resurrection of the Lord! May his soul rest in peace. Dear Risen Lord! Console his family and all of us at this time. Long live Deacon Albert in our hearts!

    Yours through Our Lady of Mt. Carmel,
    Fr. Alfredo of JMJ.

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  32. Nancy & Ben Ferreira :

    Wishing all the families strength and courage during this difficult time. Condolences to Annemieke, Chris, Nicole, and all your families from Ben, Nancy, Amanda, Marianna & Dominic Ferreira. Take care.

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  33. Ann, John and Samie Scott :

    Dear Annemieke & family,
    We are so sorry to hear of Decon Albert’s .. his warm loving smile always embraced us after mass, he truly was a beautiful soul..we have lost an angle on earth.

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  34. Marguerite Dunnett :

    Dear Annemieke and Family,

    I am shocked and deeply saddened by the passing of Albert. I am sorry for your pain and I too miss him deeply for his friendship and his inspirational lifestyle. Tom will be glad to see him and welcome Albert to his heavenly home. God bless all of you and may His help sustain you through this difficult time. I will keep you in my prayers.

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  35. Joseph & Nirmla Gingco :

    Dearest Annemieke & Family

    Our deepest condolences to you and family.

    God Bless you and all,

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  36. Monika and Artur :

    Dear Annemieke and Family,

    We are deeply saddened by the news of Albert’s passing.
    Albert was a great man with kind heart. He will be deeply missed by us and many others. May God grant him eternal rest. Please accept our sincere condolences. May our prayers help comfort you in this very difficult time.

    Monika and Artur Maliczewski

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  37. Danielle LaTouche :

    I am so sorry for you loss. He baptized my daughter just a year ago and I feel so honoured to have met him and have him be a part of such a momentous moment in her life. He was a wonderful joyous spirit and will be greatly missed. My prayers and thoughts go out to you and your family at this difficult time.

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  38. Deacon Terry & Theresa Olson :

    Annimeke and family: There are no words we can express that will lesson the pain and grief you are experiencing at this time – just know that we share in your sadness and we pray that the strength of your faith will bring you comfort.

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  39. Kelly and Jeff :

    Chris, you and your family are in our hearts. My condolences on the passing of your father.

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  40. Colleen Devlin :

    Dear Anne and family, I will treasure my memories of Albert and the fun times we had together at gatherings at your house, love and hugs to you dearest Anne and the family.

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  41. clarence otteson :

    I have never stopped praying since i first heard of Alberts illness im sorry i was out of town all week, Albert will be missed alot God be with you all

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  42. Colleen McDonell :

    My deepest condolences to the Henri family. Deacon Albert was a fantastic asset to Holy Name parish. I always looked forward to seeing him on Sundays and hearing his thoughtful homilies. He was a gentleman and a gentle man. God bless.

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  43. Gino and Janet Pittis :

    We want to offer our deepest condolences on the passing of Deacon Albert. We will always be so grateful for everything he did for our family. Annimeke you are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  44. I am so sorry for your loss, realizing this, just now, in the Canadian Martyrs parish bulletin. I was a pianist a few times, and Deacon Henri officiating the Prayers. I have worked with Nicole, through the Christmas hamper program with Church and School. What a likeable person who always set you at ease. The sincerity, the smile, and the “joy” and energy he used to conduct the services when I was present. My very sincere condolences to all the family.

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  45. Dear Annemieke,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your husband Albert.
    Blessings for peace and comfort at this time of deep sorrow.
    Sincere condolences and prayers.
    Josie & Ed Demchuk

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  46. Anne and Michael Lozinski :

    Dear Annemieke:
    Having just returned from Europe, we were shocked to hear of Albert’s passing. Blessings to you and your family Annemieke. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  47. I have just heard of the passing of dear Deacon Albert and am so sorry to hear of this news. Deacon Albert was always wonderful to work with – he always had a smile on his face and was a genuinely kind man. May he rest in peace.

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