Henry M. Archibald

March 22, 2019
Henry M Archibald passed away on March 22, 2019, at the age of 80 after a battle with cancer. He was one of 9 children born to Isabel and George Archibald of Truro, Nova Scotia.

He is survived by Elenore, his loving wife of 44 years; son Jason with grandsons Jack and Henry; son Dexter with granddaughter Sophi; daughter Laura (Kevin Vervaeke); and son Aaron (April Feenstra). He is also survived by his sisters Rose Busby of Brookfield, NS and Joan Dunbar (Alex) of Abbotsford, BC; and brother Alton Archibald (Dora) of NS; and many nieces and nephews.

Family: Henry was a wonderfully unique, somewhat unorthodox, and loving father. He sang ‘lullabies’ like “You Picked a Fine Time to Leave Me Lucille”(Kenny Rogers) and other golden oldie western songs to the children when putting them to bed. They explored Canada from East to West together on family travel vacations. He passed on his affinities for hunting, games, and bowling to the next generation. He so enjoyed his last hunting trip with Aaron in the fall of last year.

Work: Henry spent most of his working life as a commercial tree faller in western Canada, having been introduced to the trade by his father. He was the ultimate outdoor guy and had many pleasant and some not-so- pleasant experiences in the woods with troublesome trees. His last 10 years of work were with Purolator Courier in and around Castlegar BC.

Hobbies: Henry loved the outdoors as already mentioned and enjoyed hunting, fishing, and golfing. He also excelled at bowling and horseshoes in his day. During the more recent winters indoors, he could often be found assembling ridiculously massive jigsaw puzzles that could be found under the Christmas tree every year. He was very competitive and enjoyed board games and cards of various descriptions – with the loser having to pay for the next coffee or lunch- and keeping track of who owed whom in these matters was Elenore’s responsibility.

Celebration of life on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 10:30 at New Life Church in Castlegar, BC (602- 7th Street). CAMO or Plaid optional dress code.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the BC Cancer Foundation.


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