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In Loving Memory Of

G.M. (Mac) Henderson

 

Gordon Malcolm “Mac” Henderson passed away in Grande Prairie, on Friday, March 24, 2017.

He was 87, and never grew old.  

Mac, Dad, Malcolm, Poppa, Uncle Mac. He was grace, honour, gentleness and kindness. And he was pretty funny ... or at least he thought he was. Mac made a difference in other people's lives every single day. He lived a big life. And it was a really, really important one ... though he would squirm if he read that.

He was proud to be born in Westlock to Dr. EF and Mrs. Mary Henderson. Orphaned at an early age, he, his big brother Don and sister Mary created their own small family that would define the kind of love, loyalty, and enormous selflessness that grounded the way he lived the rest of his life. 

If you came into Mac's orbit, you were there forever - whether he shared a motel room with you doodlebugging in the '50s, worked with you as your caseworker or colleague in Social Services, or knew him as your neighbour, your friend's dad, your Masonic or Rotary buddy, or as someone who simply provided a helping hand.

There is a children's playground in Grande Prairie and a school in Guatemala with the Henderson name honouring his commitment to others. But it's the neighbour's sidewalk that was shoveled before his own, the hospital visits, the hours spent selling charity tickets and countless small kindnesses that you'll likely be thinking of now as you remember him.

Mac met Chris, the other half of himself, more than 60 years ago and every day he made her laugh and love him just a little bit more. They shared a passion for giving back, for travel off the beaten path (Hawaii was for when they got old) and for their family - Helen (Neil), Mary, Ken (Deanna), Cameron and Claire ... and the Tindalls, who might as well be family. We're so proud and lucky to have had him for so long.  He was the love of our lives, and we were his.

Join us in celebrating Mac's life on Friday, March 31, 2017 at 2:00pm at St. Paul's United Church in Grande Prairie (10206 100 Ave.).

In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Rotary House in Grande Prairie (10101 97A St., Grande Prairie, AB, T8V 0X3) or to the charity of your choice.

In Loving Memory of

G.M. (Mac) Henderson
 

 
 

 
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Funeral Service Details

Celebration of Life
Friday, March 31, 2017
2:00 PM
St. Paul's United Church
10206-100th Ave
Grande Prairie, AB
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