David Roderick Henderson

16 February , 194410 November , 2018

At age 74, David Henderson passed away peacefully at home on November 10, 2018, surrounded by his family. David was born in New Glasgow, NS in 1944, where he spent his formative years. He worked in Toronto during the summers while attending UNB, where he earned his civil engineering degree. David spent the majority of his career as bridge design engineer for the Province of Nova Scotia. He was an avid runner and participated in numerous races, including Johnny Miles and the New York City Marathon. More recently he enjoyed swimming daily at Dalplex. David was kind, thoughtful, and generous. He loved dogs and they gravitated towards him, perhaps knowing his gentle nature. David was predeceased by his parents J. Albert (Bert) and Mary (nee MacDonald) Henderson, and his brother Allan. He is survived by his sister, Janice Henderson (Doug Spender); sister-in-law Karen; nephew Christopher; as well as numerous cousins. He endured a brief but stoic battle with cancer while still maintaining his wonderfully sarcastic wit. Our special thanks to all the members of the QE II Palliative Care team, as well as the many friends and family members who provided assistance, support, and sent well wishes. Cremation has taken place and a gathering to commemorate David’s life will be held on Saturday, November 17 from 2-4pm at Cruikshank’s Funeral Home in Halifax. There will be no service at David’s request. Donations in his memory can be made to a charity of your choice. To leave an online condolence please visit


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Gail LeBlanc Jennings

31 December 2018

I just learned of Dave's passing - I worked as a secretary at the Structural Engineering office in the 70's and 80's where Dave was a Professional Engineer - had to share with you just what a gentleman he was and such a dedicated employee with the Department of Highways. After all these years I never forgot his kindness and respect to his co-workers. Please accept my sincere sympathies.

Karen McEwen/Henderson

21 November 2018

David (Dave) was the best brother-in-law/uncle ever and will forever remain in our Hearts. We shared many talks, emails & sending funny cards back and forth that we had a passion for. David had a unique sense of humor along with being one of the kindest people I know. He did many random acts of kindness to myself as well as to others. He put roses on a stranger's car with just a note saying it was a random act of kindness so they knew what it was but not who it was from, and to pass it on. David loved his Family and got so excited hearing about Chris, Kari, Cale & Brayden as well as being so proud of them. David really helped to fill the void after the loss of Allan. We will miss David so much, but feeling Blessed for having him in our Family. We are sending all our Love & Hugs to Janice & Doug. You are in our thoughts and prayers always.
Love...Karen, Chris, Kari, Cale & Brayden.

helen sinclair

17 November 2018

my sincere condolences go out to David's family. David was a lovely man and a good friend. He will definitely be missed.
I had my 75 birthday seven years back and my son threw a party for me, with Linda's help and David wasn't going to miss this event.
He turned up and shortly thereafter an Elvis impersonator was on the scene. David had seen this guy walking on the street, stopped him and bought him to appear at the party.

somewhere I have photos and if I find them I will post them for you all to see.

Again, my condolences on the loss of a real sweet guy.

Cheryl Gordon

13 November 2018

My cousin David was a great person. He was quiet yet so funny. He visited Toronto so often to visit our aunts, Frances and Muriel Henderson. He made them so happy and was so kind and generous to them. David was an excellent student @ New Glasgow High School, excelling in mathematics. He learned to play the violin as a young boy and won many awards in music festivals over the years. He was a shining example of a life so very well- lived. I will miss you David !
With much love to my cousin Janice and her husband Doug,
Cheryl Gordon ( Henderson) in Guelph, ON