Henry Gerhard Rakebrand
September 8, 1952 –
November 18, 2015
It is with very heavy hearts that we announce the sudden passing of Henry G. Rakebrand at home in Kimberley at the age of 63.
Born in Dauphin, Manitoba he moved with his family to the Vancouver area. After spending his first career in the Canadian Armed Forces Navy out of Esquimalt, BC, he then became a journeyman sprinkler fitter by trade but there was never a thing he couldn’t fix or do or make, especially if it were with metal. He was a jack of all trades. He loved to cook, build computers, and tease his kids. He was a giant of a man with a kind gentle soul, a huge heart, and a hearty laugh, who was always ready to help anyone with anything. He loved to socialize. From sending daily chess moves to his lifetime childhood friend Gary to the guys at the gun ranges, especially Andy and the gals at the pool. You never saw him without a huge smile on his face, ever-ready for any conversation.
He is survived by his best friend and wife of 40 years Sharon, daughter Denise (Aaron) in Kimberley, son Jeff in Ottawa, mother Gertrud Rakebrand, sister Ilse (Rick) Ryan and their children and families in Surrey, BC, brothers-in-law Kevin (Trudy) Fitzpatrick in Wycliffe, Gerry (Lynn) Fitzpatrick in Kimberley, sister-in-law Charleen (Rae) Melmoth in Edmonton and each and every one of their children. Henry was predeceased by his father Hermann Rakebrand and his father and mother-in-law Simon and Mary Ellen (Helen) Fitzpatrick.
Cremation has taken place. There will be no service at his request. In the spring there will be held a casual gathering of any friends and family to share those special memories of Henry. Date, place and time will be announced at a later date.
Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.
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