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Albert Henderson

Albert Henderson

Wednesday, September 19th, 1917 Monday, April 20th, 2020

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Obituary for Albert Bolen Henderson

Albert Bolen Henderson, Pte. 4th Division RCAMC.
September 19 1917- April 19,2020
What can be said about a man who lived an active life for 102 years? Albert Bolen Henderson was born the first son of Albert and Mae Henderson on the family farm in Melancthon Township, not far from Corbetton, Ontario. He was the fifth child after four sisters- Aleth Acheson, Helen Stinson, Della Oldfield and Elva Keast and then was followed by brother Douglas, sister Ella Melanson and brother Eldon. With such a large group of siblings he is survived by many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews from both the Henderson and Witney sides. As a young man he was always working on the farm and for other farmers showing his strong work ethic and love for the land, animals and people. Prior to the war and after he worked in research through the University of Toronto for Connaught Labs. On April 25, 1942 he married the love of his life, Julia Mary Witney and they were together for 55 years when she passed in 1997. Both “Bolen and Mary” had enlisted to serve Canada and postponed their married life until after the war in 1946. He served as a medic during the Second World War and was on the first Medic Unit in the battle areas after D-Day. As many veterans stories were not shared when returning home. One highlight he was quite proud of was that when in the Army in England his hand was shaken by Princess Elizabeth. After receiving the greeting from Queen Elizabeth on his 100th birthday he would chuckle and say “I knew her when”.
During his research he worked on the vaccines for both rabies and polio and was an animal examiner for many farms and businesses of chickens, pigs, dogs, horses and monkeys. He and Mary spent many of their holidays travelling in Hawaii, Alaska, and across Canada from east to west. Winters of retirement were spent in Florida. Once Bolen settled in Orangeville he took pride in continuing walking his two hundred steps (a mile) each day. He always made a lasting impression on people he met and could recall conversations from times before. He had a great love for dogs.
A special thank you to all those friends, family, caregivers and nurses who touched his life and remember fondly his quick wit and humour.
The Family will have a Graveside Interment and a Celebration of Life will be held at future time.
Donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, the Humane Society-“Rescue Care” or to a charity of choice.
A tree will be planted in memory of Albert in the Dods & McNair Memorial Forest at the Island Lake Conservation Area, Orangeville. The annual dedication service will be held on Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.dodsandmcnair.com

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  • Visitation

    Friday, April 24th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Chapel & Reception Centre
    21 First St
    Orangeville
    Friday, April 24th, 2020
    2:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Private Graveside Service

    Monday, April 27th, 2020 |
    Maple Cemetery, Vaughan Ontario
    Address Not Available
    Monday, April 27th, 2020
  • Interment

    Monday, April 27th, 2020 |
    Maple Cemetery
    Maple, Ontario
    Monday, April 27th, 2020

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Terry Mitchell

Sincere condolences to all the family. Bo was a great person. Always polite and ready for a good chat. Well liked and will be missed. Terry Mitchell. A resident of the Bromount
Comment | Posted at 08:36pm via Condolence
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Heide Schneider

Donna, I’m so sorry to hear of your Uncle Bolen’s passing. I have thought of him over the years and remember him as a kind and gentle man. You were lucky to have such a beautiful soul in your life and I know he will be missed.
Comment | Posted at 02:45pm via Condolence

Chuck Heron

Donna, I'm sorry to hear of your uncle's passing. He had a full and wonderful life. Blessings,
Chuck Heron
Comment | Posted at 02:21pm via Condolence

Erin Gardhouse-Radford

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Dear Donna and Family! We are saddened to hear of Unc Bo’s passing! Such a wonderful and kind hearted man! Thinking of you at this difficult time!

Pete, Erin & Laure
Comment | Posted at 09:48am via Condolence
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D Bellavance

Donna and Zillah, two angels on earth for their Uncle Bo. Be strong and know your neighbors and friends in Florida are thinking of you. With love from Dottie and Bob
Comment | Posted at 08:56am via Condolence
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