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1411 Hunt Club Road, Ottawa, ON

OBITUARY

Henry Hurdon

August 27, 1963May 18, 2020

With profound sadness and broken hearts, we announce the passing of Henry Dyer Hurdon, devoted husband, father, and son, who died peacefully in his sleep on the morning of May 18, 2020 at the age of 56 years. Henry is lovingly remembered by his best friend and wife Christine; parents Marge and Jim; daughters Amanda and Rachel; step-son Jeremy; brothers Rod and Robert; and special nephew Mike. He is also remembered by his sister-in-law Cynthia (John); brother-in-law Conrad (Amelia); mother-in-law Barbara, Christine's stepmother Dora, and numerous other aunts, uncles, nephews, cousins, and friends. He is predeceased by his brother Randy. Henry often spoke fondly about his childhood years growing up in Thunder Bay. He enjoyed entertaining us all with the stories of mischief he got into with his three older brothers at the ski hill, at the rink, and at the family cottage on Lake Superior. Henry's intellect and love of technology guided him to a degree in electrical engineering from Lakehead University, and he went on to a career that he thoroughly enjoyed designing hardware products for several engineering companies in Ottawa. In his later career, he absolutely loved developing relationships with business associates from all over the world. Nobody worked harder than Henry, and you could always count on him to be genuine and honest. Henry's laugh was the kind that spread around the room. He was a gentle soul who saw beauty in the world around him. His optimism and bright outlook on life was a marvel even as he struggled with health problems these last few years. Henry was the type of person who lived fully in the present, always looking for the next fun family event or planning the next winter trip to the Caribbean. Kind and generous, he would get excited about his latest Costco find and fill his cart so he could share his excitement with family and friends. He thoroughly enjoyed watching all kinds of movies, scuba and snorkelling, driving while singing along with the radio loudly playing country or pop music, dog walks, and -- of course -- Tim Horton's. He loved animals, having owned several cats and Labrador Retrievers that he held dear over the years, and would often take his naps cuddled up with the family dog. Most of all, he loved spending time with family and could always be counted on to help with any kind of problem. Our dear, sweet Henry will be forever missed.

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Miodrag Rozman

June 1, 2020

It is extremely sad to hear about Henry's passing. My dear colleague, friend, my mentor and great boss at Mitel. His gentle soul and measured sense of humor made many gloomy days at work much more bearable. I will never forget his willingness to share his vast technical knowledge, to be supportive and provide right advice in every situation, from right angle and to be a great calming force. Above all, I admired his openness, ability to hear everyone and listen carefully when the moment is right. I'm sure, I won't easily meet another person with all these great human qualities. Great loss of kind soul. My deepest condolences to Henry's family and friends.
Mio.

Peter Wetselaar

June 1, 2020

First my deepest condolences to Henry's family and all his many friends. For we all feel his loss. Henry was colleague with whom I had the pleasure of doing business with for many years. He was that rare professional that always had time for you, always responded to a request and sincerely wanted to fair to all. You could have a relationship with Henry, something that is increasingly rare in the electronics manufacturing wold these days.
He would normally take the bulk of our time asking about my life or sharing stories of his rather than simply getting down to business.
Henry was highly respected and the ultimate professional. It was my honor to know him and I will cherish my memories of working together with him.

Pat DeLay

June 1, 2020

Very sad to hear about my old friend Henry. Condolences to his family as he was the centre piece for many as I read these tributes. We worked together and played high school football together in Thunder Bay. A consummate teammate Henry was, wearing his #60 in senior ball as he dominated games and post game chatter. I fell out of touch with him but thought of Henry often. William and Valerie send their condolences as well. Mom and Dad really enjoyed him at work and through school activities. He will certainly be missed.

Scot Ranney

May 31, 2020

Sincerest condolences to Marge, Jim, Rod, and Bob and also Henry’s very expansive list of close relatives. This was very sad news to hear. I worked with Henry, way back in the early days, at the old Blade and Barrel restaurant in Thunder Bay and can still picture the big guy in his bus boy outfit: a styrofoam skimmer hat; red and white checkered shirt; and brown polyester slacks … quite a sight! He was definitely more comfortable in a football uniform. As big and strong and intimidating as he could appear, I remember Henry as an intelligent, fun, and caring person; he once told me, at the young age of 17, that one of his biggest goals in life was to settle down and become a family man. It sounds like he accomplished that goal. Rest in peace old friend. Scott Ranney

Bill Bolton

May 31, 2020

My condolences to Henry's family, I am very sorry for your loss.
I had the good fortune of knowing Henry for 20 years, Henry hired me into Mitel and was my director for several years.

In an industry that is noted for not placing a high value on people, Henry was a very welcome exception, and he never forgot that it is people that make a company.

Henry was a brilliant engineer, architect and leader, and he also had both professional and personal integrity. Henry would go out of his way to get to know people on a professional and personal basis, and he would always take the time to chat and stay up to date.
If there was a technical issue to overcome, Henry would jump in with both feet, and he was always willing to offer others his help.

Henry and I shared a love of Northern Ontario, in particular Lake Superior, I will always remember Henry when I hear of Thunder Bay, Gichi-Gami or the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Bill Bolton

Brad And Carolyn Johnstone

May 30, 2020

Our deepest sympathies to the Hurdon family. We knew Henry during our Hammarskjold days back home in Thunder Bay. Henry was a great team mate and an all around good guy. He always had a smile on his face and was genuinely kind. This is certainly sad news and Henry’s friends and family are in our thoughts and prayers.
God Bless:
Brad & Carolyn Johnstone

Maureen Comuzzi

May 30, 2020

Dear Marge, Jim ,Christine and Family
I am heartbroken to hear of Henry’s passing.
He was a kind and gentle man with a heart larger than himself.
His laugh was intoxicating and one if you ever heard it you would never forget.
Henry always saw the glass half full not half empty and when you were down he had the ability to lift you right back up.
The friendships he made were long lasting and he always made the time to stick in his two cents on what he thought.
His family was his world and he loved you all very much.
Christine you brought the twinkle back into his eyes and made him so very happy.
Amanda and Rachel I do not have to tell you, you had an amazing Father and he will live on in both of you.
Henry you will be missed by so many we will keep you and your family in our thoughts and prayers.
Rest In Peace my dear friend

Maureen Comuzzi and Family

Carolyn and Ken Erickson

May 29, 2020

Marge, Jim and family, we are heartsick to learn of the passing of your beloved son Henry. Henry sounds like he was a remarkable man with many talents, a great love for his family and animals and a gentle caring nature which he shared with all he loved. Such a wonderful family man, son, friend will be greatly missed for sure. We are profoundly sorry for your loss of Henry. Please know we are keeping you in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
We also want to express our sincere condolences for the passing of your beloved son Randy. So much sadness and grief to bear for all of you. While words cannot ease your pain for the loss of your sons, may you find comfort and peace in time.
With love,
Carolyn and Ken Erickson (Thunder Bay)

Paul Borich

May 27, 2020

Our sweet Henry ) Thank you to all of his business and "adult" friends for sharing sincere expressions of kindness and gratitude to a great guy - you pointedly described the boy I knew.
A favourite memory of Henry was the summer of '78 we spent on our Great Uncle Jimmy Colvin's farm - just we two cousins - working the land, toiling in the barn...swimming in the pool and tearing up and around the cow trails in the pasture on a moped. Endless summers.
Our childhood camp life at Amethyst was unforgettable - superior. Croquet on the lawn, marshmallow bonfires and the parent organized water-ski championships...and Henry, always in the thick of it, creating laughter.
The emotion ensconced in my memories is forever valued.

Rest peacefully, sweet cousin

Paul

Zen Kozyra

May 27, 2020

My condolences to Christine and family. Even though it was nearly forty years since I taught Henry, news of his passing left considerable pain in my heart. I recalled Henry's always enthusiastic and at times mischievous but good natured spirit. I never knew what had become of Henry after high school and am not surprised at his obvious success in the work place and more importantly, his rich personal life. I remember Henry as a good and generous person. Good character will always be missed.

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