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Henry Albert Thiessen

July 14, 1938 - July 20, 2022

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Henry Albert Thiessen went to meet his Savior in the early morning hours of July20, 2022 at The Mayfair Senior Living and Care facility in Abbotsford, BC.
Henry was born to Johann and Anna (Pauls) Thiessen on the “banks of the muddy Red” in Winnipeg, MB on July 14, 1938. In her diary his mother wrote:”Shortly after twelve noon, I gave birth to a 7 pound 10 oz.,  big,  bald headed baby boy.  He grew to be a delight to all of his (8) siblings”.
The family’s focus on Jesus Christ greatly influenced Henry to give his life to God and to serve Him to His honor and glory for the rest of his life. The Thiessens farmed in Arnaud, MB surrounded by many relatives. Henry spoke fondly of Sunday afternoon ball games and then zweibach and goodies for fesper. The families would then gather to sing in 4 part harmony as they were accomplished musicians.
Farming in the Arnaud area was a struggle and so the family moved to St. Catharines, ON. Henry’s father had died when he was a youngster so with the help of his mother, he was brought up by his brothers and sisters. Henry completed high school at Eden Christian College. After a short time of working with his brother wiring new houses, Henry completed his teacher training. He taught at various schools in Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia.
Henry also studied at the Mennonite Brethren Bible College in Winnipeg. It was there that he met Leona Schmidt from Kitchener, Ontario. It didn’t take him long to “pop the question” and they were married July 10, 1965. It was also at this time that Henry discovered his love for driving highway busses. He could often hardly wait to get on the road again.
Henry was always ready for adventure and shortly after their marriage the couple was off to Sao Paulo, Brazil to teach at the Pan American Christian Academy. Henry became the administrator shortly after his arrival and enjoyed 14 wonderful years of leading this academic institution whose motto was “Academic Excellence on a Christian Foundation”. Mission trips to Mexico, India and Lithuania also demonstrated his enterprising spirit.
Between the years 1973 and 1979 three children, Andrea, Teresa and Jonathan, especially chosen by God, were added to the family. They were Henry’s pride and joy. He loved them with his very being.
In 1986, the family relocated to Abbotsford where Henry became associate pastor at Bakerview Church. Among other things, his responsibilities included Alpha Leadership, care groups formations and nourishment, community sports, initiating Day Camps, and a payer ministry. The seniors’ music ministry became a passion of his heart and lots of singing and bus tours ensued. Throughout his life he prayed that his life would honor God. He truly was a servant leader whose life honored God.
Henry was predeceased by his parents and all but one of his siblings. He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Leona, his 3 children Andrea (Merrick), Teresa and Jonathan (Jenna), and his 2 grandsons “the apples of his eyes” Aidan and Alexander.
We give our very deepest heartfelt Thank you to the medical and care teams at The Mayfair for their loving and gentle care for “Papa Henry” as he was affectionately known there.

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From: Wiebe and Jeske Funeral Home

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From: Rudy and Marilyn Hiebert
Relation: Precious Friends.

Deepest and sincere condolences to the Thiessen family.

From: George & Shelley Goertzen
Relation: Good friend and fellow Bakerview member

Our condolences to you Leona and Family. Henry was a kind and gentle soul who enjoyed life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. 🙏🏻❤️

From: Robert Edwards
Relation: Henry and Leona lived next door to me for 14 years.

My deepest heartfelt condolences Leona, to you and your family. Henry was a good friend to me. We had good times skiing, golfing and playing tennis. i am glad I got to talk with you on July 14th. God bless you and may He keep you and your family well.

From: Casey Rempel
Relation: Friend from Bakerview church

I was very sad to read that Henry “Mr T” passed away. My prayers are with your family…. Mr T was our longtime Bakerview pastor and always had a kind word for me. One year in day camp as a kid I he got a speeding ticket in the church bus on Delair Rd, I can’t remember where we were going but I will always remember how shocked all us kids were and how funny it was ever since. Peace to you and your family Leona.

From: Paul Heidebrecht

While Henry was know for his Seniors ministry/choir at Bakerview, he was such as supportive and presence in my life as a young adult. Henry played an instrumental role in supporting the College/Career ministry, and providing pastoral care/support to many. Henry was so naturally adept at talking through a life challenge with you, while chucking ball or shooting hoops at the same time…Wishing Leona and family peace and love during this time of loss and remembrance

From: ANTONIO WONG
Relation: Henry Thiessen was the principal at the Pan American Christian Academy (PACA) when I was a student there

His example and message of hope centered on Jesus Christ resonates with me to this day. May God comfort the Thiessen family in this time of transition. “Well done, good and faithful servant”, says the Lord!

From: Teodoro Cui
Relation: Pastor at Bakerview MB Church.

He was a great man, and I always found comfort in the words he spoke.

From: Tania Tussuzian Berthault
Relation: I was a student at Pan American Christian Academy where he modeled Christ vividly to me and underscored the faith I came to have. He made the love of God real to me.

Our deepest sympathies to the Thiessen family. I have been a bit “off the grid” and only today learned of beloved Mr. Thiessen’s passing – promotion into the Lord’s presence. What a tremendous impact he had in my life and faith. His kindness, thoughtfulness and gentleness together with his steadfast faith in Christ were imprinted on my heart. Through his actions, his kindness to me personally that contributed for me to understand God’s love & care for me also personally. Thank you so much for all that you did. To Mrs. Thiessen, Andrea, Teresa & Jonathan: our prayers are with you. We are sad with you, but not without hope. May God’s comfort embrace and hold you close.

Service Schedule

  Celebration of Life

Date & Time:
August 2, 2022
Beginning at 1:00pm

Location:
Bakerview MB Church
2285 Clearbrook Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

This service will be livestreamed from Bakerview MB Church

2285 Clearbrook Road
Abbotsford, BC Canada

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