JUSTESEN, HENRY EDWARD
1926 – 2013
Henry Justesen passed away peacefully on
October 21, 2013 and willbe sorely missed by his
wife of 23 years and best friend Gerda; his children
Larry (Norma), Lennard, Linda (Bill), Lila (Ken),
Geoffrey (Bernadette); grandchildren Barbara,
Deanna (Chad), Carolyn, Grace, Charlie and Ethan;
great-grandson Jacob; two nephews and one niece.
He was predeceased by his sister, Marie Devlin, in 2012. Henry was born in Denmark, November 7, 1926 and came to Canada in 1929 with his parents Edward and Clara. He had an accomplished career, including receiving his First Class Power Engineering certificate at the age of 29, followed by a lengthy career in post-secondary Education including roles as an instructor and then Dean at the Vancouver Vocational Institute, Superintendent of Post-Secondary Educational Programs under the B.C. Ministry of Education, where
responsibilities included planning for the formation of the
Pacific Vocational Institute. He then took on the
responsibilities of President and Chief Executive Officer
for a 9-year period of growth and increasing usefulness
of that Institute. Henry was an avid pilot and aircraft owner for 30 years. Despite the loss of his left hand in an industrial accident as a teenager, with the help of a self-developed prosthesis, he held both a Private Pilot’s License and Commercial Pilot’s License. His love of flying began as
a boy and took him all over Canada and the United States. Henry was a strong believer in building communities and
investing in the future. He was a founding Member of the Delta B.C. Hospital Board, served as Delta Constituency President for 10 years and held a number of memberships in various technical and professional associations.
He never stopped trying to make the world a better place. A Graveside Gathering will be held at Lakeview Memorial Gardens Cemetery, 2850 Dry Valley Road, Kelowna, at
2:30 p.m. on Friday, November 22, 2013, followed by
refreshments at the Seventh-day Adventist Church,
11370 Bottom Wood Lake Road, Winfield. A Memorial
Service will take place in Burnaby on Saturday, January 4th, 2014. Our sincere gratitude goes out to Pamela of the
Heart Function Clinic and to the Central Okanagan
Community Care team for all their support. In lieu of
flowers, please consider a donation to the BC.SPCA or
other worthy charity of your choice.
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