20 August 1925 – 4 September 2015
Henry was born in Muensterberg, Sagradovka, Ukraine to Jakob & Helene Braun. His early years in Ukraine were marked with hardship due to political instability, the flight westward during the war and time in a prisoner of war camp. Sadly, post-war repatriation separated Henry from his parents and siblings who were returned to Russia. He immigrated to Canada in 1948 with his oldest brother, Jake, working as a farm laborer in Alberta to pay for the travel costs. He met and then married Annie Peters in Chilliwack in 1951 and settled in Sardis to raise their family and build a life in a new country. His primary employment roles were with the BC Highways Department and later with the Chilliwack General Hospital. He brought a positive attitude to his work and valued the relationships he created with his co-workers. A member of Eden Mennonite Church, he was a dedicated volunteer who expressed his faith through service and a welcoming smile. In retirement, Henry & Annie cultivated relationships with friends and neighbours and even travelled to Germany to be reunited with family.
Henry is lovingly remembered by his children: Helen (Harry) Pauls, Garry (Sandy) Braun, Betty (Simon) Stubbs, seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren and brother Jacob (Helen). He was predeceased by his wife Annie, parents Jakob & Helene, brother Aron and sisters Liese and Anna. A celebration of life service will be held Friday, Sept 11 at 2pm, Eden Mennonite Church, 46551 Chilliwack Central Road, Chilliwack. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mennonite Central Committee (Material Aid.)