Ian Nigel Henderson

September 9, 1930May 20, 2020

Leaving behind his loving wife of 43 years, Patricia Henderson, sons Alastair Henderson (grandchildren David, Lauren and Katie), Geoffrey Henderson and Peter Henderson; step- daughter Daphne [Colleen (Austin) and Emma]; and step-son Marcus [(Lena) Connor and Brody]. Predeceased by his brother Bruce Henderson, his grand-daughter Sarah-Jayne, his daughter- in-law Judy Henderson, his sister-in-law Marjorie Garley and his beloved dog, Rufus. Born in Woking, Surrey, England, in 1930, the family moved to India where Nigel spent most of his formative school-aged years. In 1938, he returned to England with his mother where he finished his schooling and started his studies in medicine at Middlesex Hospital Medical School (University of London), M.B., B.S 1955. In 1957, Nigel emigrated to Canada with his first wife, settling in Edmonton where he began a successful general practice, being a staff member of the Royal Alexandra Hospital until 1976. In 1976, Nigel moved to North Vancouver and re-established his general family practice, specializing in maternity with privileges at Lions Gate Hospital. In 1977, fate brought Nigel and Patricia together through mutual friends and they married after a short courtship, bringing Pat and her children Daphne and Marcus to be with him in the lower mainland. Nigel was one of the founders of the Park & Tilford Medical Clinic and after ending his practice specializing in palliative care and advocating for seniors near end of life, he “hung up” his shingle and carried on as a surgical assistant in the operating rooms of Lions Gate Hospital until full retirement in 2015 at the young age of 85. Nigel was an avid self-taught chef, gardener and artist and was an enthusiastic kayaker, hiker and camper. Many of his paintings are on display at Lions Gate Hospital. Dad, you are dearly missed by your family and friends and we are all so blessed to have had you in our lives. The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the front-line workers, specifically those in 7-East, who cared for Nigel providing him dignity and grace to the end. Due to COVID-19 and most importantly, as per Nigel’s wishes as a “self-proclaimed loner”, there will not be a service and his ashes will be scattered by family once inter-provincial travel is open again. In lieu of flowers, please give generously to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, the Paul Sugar Palliative Care Foundation or Canadian Liver Foundation - BC/Yukon Chapter in honour of Ian Nigel Henderson


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Linda Falls

May 25, 2020

I met Nigel when Pat formed our famous "Music Group" or as Pat referred to it," Our Musical Soirees". He was an interesting, kind, creative and humble man who loved to laugh and could respond with great wit. I was privileged to see exhibitions of his art at the Gordon Smith Gallery and he would often have a new painting to show us at our Music Group. Wonderfully varied compositions which became identifiable as his signature. He faced his illness with stoicism and dignity, all the while helping his beloved Pat as she struggled with her disease. I will miss him very much.
Linda Falls

Stuart/ Marilyn McNeill

May 25, 2020

Nigel was a fine gentleman,well liked, and admired by his patients and colleagues.
Stuart and Nigel were colleagues and spent many a time working late hours at Lions Gate Hospital.
.He was a great gardener and gardening became one of his hobbies.Nigel would often give me a root of a plant or some garlic bulbs to plant .Pat and I are in the same book group and I looked forward going to their home to share our book of course and also to see Nigel’s wonderful garden .
Even though his health was failing he looked after Pat with great care and kindness.
Our deepest sympathy to Daphne ,Marcus and all the family .
Much Love ,
Marilyn and Stuart

Lynn Spence

May 25, 2020

Nigel was a great friend to me as is his wife Pat. Having a great love of art, we shared showing each other our paintings. As he was a docent at the fabulous Gordon Smith Gallery, he introduced me to the gallery and I was able to see all his paintings when they were hung there. I spent many happy hours with Nigel and Pats and we had many laughs together. I have a friend who was a nurse when Nigel was working and said he always treated all the nurses and everyone he came in contact with with such kindness and appreciation.
He was a wonderful, humble man who will be greatly missed.

Bill Barnett

May 24, 2020

I will always remember Nigel fondly. We initially met as board members of The Mount Seymour Art Gallery and soon realized that we were also neighbours. What followed was a friendship that lasted almost 20 years. Soft spoken, he had a wicked sense of humour. I enjoyed the many stories he told and the laughter that followed during our lunches. We also enjoyed visiting the Gordon Smith Gallery and hitting a par three golf course. And, as the years passed, sometimes we would just go for a drive. One memory that I will always remember fondly is having a simple, surgical procedure done at Lion’s Gate Hospital and opening my eyes to Nigel’s smiling blue eyes staring back at me. Nigel was a very decent and gentle man and I will miss him. Bill and Adele Barnett

Don and Kate Ekroth

May 24, 2020

Don and I met Nigel and Pat just 4 years ago when both families moved into our condo complex. Nigel and I quickly discovered that we’d both lived and worked in the very same places in England - at different times of course. Oxford was a favourite for us both!
We’ve watched him over the past 2 years diligently help to care for Pat in spite of his own considerable problems. He was such a kind, interesting, thoughtful man - a true English gentleman!
Our most sincere condolences to Pat and his whole family.
R.I.P. Nigel - you will be dearly missed...

Ruth Townsend

May 23, 2020

Nigel and Pat were my neighbours for over 30 years We were all so busy with work and families for the first part of that time but the last 15 years or so brought us much closer. Nigel was so very kind to me when I was dealing with my husbands illness and death.
I am happy to have 2 pieces of his art work in my home as well as 2 metal sculptures including a bird that he recently agreed I could call "Nigel".His beautiful gardens were works to behold. He was such an interesting man and I revelled in conversations with him and Pat. He was a great walker and was seen daily going or returning from a walk.
The few years since they moved we've managed to keep in touch and in recent years he was often spotted at Safeway being greeted by many who knew him.
My deepest sympathy is extended to Daphne and Marcus who are very close to my sons'ages and I watched them grow.
Condolences of course to my good friend Pat...what a loss to her.
I feel privileged to have had Nigel as a friend. Will miss him.

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