Delmond (Dub) Rudyard Henderson 1927-2018
Delmond (Dub) Rudyard Henderson passed away peacefully in the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital on April 12, 2018 at the age of 90 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his wife Gwen, children Greg, Patti Mitchell (Doug), grandchildren Rory Henderson (Tammie), Jill Henderson (Tyler), Jeremy Mitchell (Krista), Heather Mitchell (Ben), Jansen Mitchell, Chelsea Mitchell (James), great grand children Ariana, Zachary, Michael, Levi and Silas; brothers, Albert (Donna), Bob (Patty) and Gerry (Theresa), sister-in-law Vi Henderson, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Rudyard and Florence, sisters Margaret and her husband Lyle Smith, Vernette and her husband Les Allison, brothers Ron, Ed, Larry and his wife Vera, sister-in-law Lynne Henderson, daughter-in-law Jeri Lynn Henderson. Dub was born in Gull Lake, Saskatchewan and grew up in Simmie and Port Reeve. After graduating high school, he attended Normal School for two months before beginning his teaching career in 1944, at the age of 17. His 43 year career in education took him to Fox Valley, Fort San, Gull Lake, Eatonia, Outlook, and Melfort. He furthered his education earning B.A., B.Ed. and M.Ed. degrees as he moved from teacher to principal to superintendent to regional director of education. Athletics played an important part in Dub’s life at school and in the community. He coached many teams and excelled at playing hockey and baseball. In recognition of his baseball achievements on the field and as a builder, he was inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame. Serving his community was integral to Dub. He was an active member in the United Church, often a board member and taught Sunday School for twenty years. A Lifetime Member of the Lions Club, he contributed to many club projects. He served nine years on the Melfort city council before serving six years as mayor. He was awarded a Lifetime Membership for serving on the Saskatchewan Urban Municipal Association board for fifteen years. Numerous other organizations benefited from his leadership skills. Dub was a man of integrity, he was kind and respectful, with a keen sense of responsibility for the common good. In turn, Dub was loved and respected by his family, friends, colleagues and students. A celebration of Dub’s life will be held at Westminster United Church (101 6 St SE) on April 20, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. with Rev. Chelsea Masterman officiating. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made to the Westminster United Church Memorial Fund or the Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Lions Foundation of Canada. To e-mail an expression of sympathy, please direct it to: [email protected] subject heading: Dub Henderson.