Henry Giesbrecht

September 18, 1935November 15, 2020

It is with great sadness that the family of Henry Giesbrecht announce his passing into the presence of his Lord and Savior on November 15th, 2020 at the age of 85.

Born September 18, 1935 in Blumenort, Ukraine, the oldest child of Henry Sr. and Mary (Derksen). In 1943 the young family began their journey to freedom spending time in Germany and, thanks to MCC, finally landing at Pier 21, Halifax Nova Scotia in 1948. They made their way west and arrived in Chilliwack in October 1948.

Coming to a new country with all their possessions in two trunks and a few suitcases, not knowing the language, Henry showed that determination, hard work and honesty paid off.

Henry met the love of his life, Martha (Marty) Dyck through the Clearbrook MB youth group and church choir and they were married October 1957. They settled in Vancouver for a short time where Henry went to school and then worked as a mechanic. He demonstrated his mechanical prowess by being told to leave mechanic studies early with full credit since they couldn’t teach him anything he didn’t already know.

In 1960 Henry and Marty moved to Clearbrook and opened one of (what was later) 2 Texaco stations in the Clearbrook/Abbotsford area. His work ethic, honesty and German language skills quickly secured numerous local resident and business customers.

Henry was involved in many ways in the community. He sponsored several divisions of winning softball teams and was involved in the Clearbrook Chamber of Commerce, Boards of both MEI and Clearbrook Water Works to name a few. Throughout his life, semi-retirement and final retirement, Henry was always busy. If it wasn’t work, he was tending to their beautiful garden or travelling; Mexico, winters in Palm Springs, Europe, Africa and several river\ocean cruises. In the last few years he could routinely be found at one of the local Tim Hortons having coffee with friends.

Henry was predeceased by two infant siblings, one grandchild (Danny), his parents (Henry and Mary) and more recently his brother (Helmut) and sister-in-law (Wendy). He is lovingly remembered by his wife of 63 years, Marty, children Terry (Beverly), Dan, Zena (Barry) DeFehr, 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, ALS Society of Canada, MS Society of Canada or Parkinsons Canada.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Tom Matty

November 30, 2020

In the early 1980’s, our lives became interconnected as I was one of the “chosen” few who was fortunate to have worked with an auto mechanic second to none. I, as a “grease monkey”, marveled at how wise or “Snap On” Henry was. This “Harly” of a man taught me daily, not just to fix cars but also “Select” ways to keep my relationships running smoothly - with his “L.O.F maintenance” and his myriad of “tune up” tips. In addition, under that reflective Texaco star, I met Henry’s cherished “model T” - Henry senior; the “real bossman” of the Giesbrecht family - Marty and worked with his 2 priceless “hot rods”- Terry and Dan. Our earthly world has indeed truly lost a real “All Seasons” journeyman. But each time “I hear that bell as a car pulls up for gas” I will fondly remember Henry’s voice and unique ways he shared his faith, hope and love. (Like on May 31, 1980 when he gave me $20 and told me “go take your wife out for a nice dinner”.) Henry, I hope you enjoyed your first “flying car” ride to the pearly gates. Hugs and prayers to all missing this beloved “spark plug!” 💞🦋™️

Karl Janzen

November 28, 2020

Dear Marty - You probably don't know me. I am Karl Janzen, twin brother to Ed Janzen. I knew your husband Henry for many years at the MEI before you were married. Although our lives took different paths after high school, I always admired Henry and his mechanical abilities. Please accept my joy and congratulations on Henry's promotion to heavenly glory, and at the same time my sincerest sympathies and condolences to you on your grievous loss!! May the good Lord comfort and sustain you through this time of parting and continuing your pilgrimage journey alone. Most lovingly - Karl & Doris Janzen

Rudy & Claire Peters

November 27, 2020

Marty and Family
Our condolences to you and the extended Giesbrecht Family.
May the grief you bear, especially during these Covid circumstances, be softened by the recollection of good times shared with Henry.
We join you in doing so, thinking back to earlier days, MEI reunions, and Neighborly Chats while resident at Garden Park Tower.
We share in the hope of again seeing Henry, and some of the other MEI friends ,pictured below, who have already Graduated to Glory

John Neufeld

November 27, 2020

Marty, Terry, Dan and Zena
Our condolences. May the Peace of God and His grace see you through this time of sorrow. We however, do not sorrow as those who have no hope. We are forward looking anticipating the great eternal beyond. Blessings,
Rita and John Neufeld

Hank Thiessen

November 25, 2020

Hank and Henry....Ride On!

Hank Thiessen

November 25, 2020

From our time as kids on the SS Stewart, coming into Pier 21, our early days at the MEI, mechanics school, and our adult lives, we have shared our journeys. Our deepest sympathies to Marty and all the family as they lay you to rest.
I will miss you as the landscapes roll by and the wind's at my back.
Ride on my friend, God Speed!
Hank and Pi

Terry Giesbrecht

November 25, 2020

Henry, Hank and Terry...Father's day ride. A few years back.

Tom Mcintyre

November 25, 2020

Henry the coffee guys really miss you and it's your turn to buy. We hope you left us a Tim's card in your will. Lol. Rest easy Henry. We will always remember you.

Carolyn Worthing (Dyck)

November 24, 2020

Dear Marty & family:
My heart is breaking that I cannot come & share your honoring of Henry. However, it is NOT goodbye, but 'see you in a bit'.... We have a hope that is eternal & I pray that as you lay him to rest that you are & will be comforted with this hope. You guys are steadily in my prayers and thoughts.

Ed & Louise Janzen

November 22, 2020

Marti and Family,
We're so sorry to hear about your loss and send you our sincerest condolences. Louise knew Henry from the earliest grades and I knew him from Grade 10 on. We have many good memories of the times we spent in school and out of school, including this class picnic in Grade 10. We always appreciated the interest he took in the class and all our reunions.


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