Henry Paliga

Rhody Family Funeral Home

“Hiking is a bit like life: The journey only requires you to put one foot in front of the other… again and again and again. And if you allow yourself an opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty every step of the way.” 

– Unknown

Henry loved hiking. Whether it was with his boys, the Scouts, his friends or alone, in the bush or on the Bruce Trail, Henry always enjoyed being surrounded by nature. There was also his daily pilgrimage to the Grocery Store, then back home for lunch before heading back down the hill for the remainder of his day. Henry was always on the move and usually on foot!

Henry George Paliga was born in Toronto on June 22, 1952 to parents George and Valentina. The Paliga Family immigrated to Canada from Poland in 1948 and soon settled in Toronto. George met Valentina, who had emigrated separately and they were married shortly thereafter. George worked as an industrial plumber and Valentina as a housekeeper. Henry’s younger brother Michael joined them in 1953. After completing public school Henry attended De La Salle, a private catholic high school, where he completed his secondary education. He then enrolled in a geology program at Brock University for the next two years.

During his youth, Henry spent his summers with his grandparents Dom and Gertrude Paliga at their farm outside of Flesherton. It was here that Henry’s strong work ethic was truly developed, as was his love of the rural setting, in which he later chose to live. He built a close bond with his Uncle Michael, with whom he was very close to in age. This bond exists today.

Apart from a paper route and his work on the farm, Henry took his first full time job with Chrysler in Mississauga where he worked in the parts department for two years. He then took a job with Bruno’s Fine Foods doing deliveries. Henry would be on the road daily to the food terminal in Toronto and on occasion travelled as far as New York City for seafood. Before long he was introduced to meat cutting. He was 22. As they say, the rest is history as this was the beginning of a long, successful career as a well-respected Butcher.

Henry met Joanne Elizabeth Tangney at a party in Walkerton. The mother of the host spent time with Henry’s Mom in Poland and was probably the initial reason for the visit. As you can imagine Henry took an immediate fondness for Joanne and they began dating. They were married on August 18, 1979 and soon welcomed Ryan in 1981, Adam in 1988 and Christian in 1992. The Paliga family remained in the city until 1988, whereby Henry left Bruno’s. Henry wanted to provide his boys with a good upbringing and felt that a more rural environment would be a better fit. Apparently there were many potential landing spots, but his Father-in-law helped him secure a job at the Grocery Store in Chesley. Here he continued to perfect his trade, acting as a valuable resource for the Grocery Store and our community. Henry would have never told you this but he had International customers, who looked to him and Chesley for their supply of meat. Imagine that!

The Paligas soon called 5th Avenue home and Henry began to immerse himself in the community. He saw the potential of Scouting as a great opportunity to bond with his young sons and Henry soon became a leader and acted as a mentor to not only his children but other youth in the community. His loves and passions very much aligned with the Scouting model and he remained active in the organization for almost 30 years. He attended several Canadian Scout Jamborees all over this beautiful country and loved the annual winter camping trip to Owen Sound.

In 1992, Henry also joined the Kin family. He was a proud and active member of the Kinsmen Club of Chesley. Henry’s commitment went above and beyond the club level as he was twice a District Governor of Zone J and very active in a variety of other roles. His passion within the club was Cystic Fibrosis, CF, Kin Canada’s national charity and always did what he could to help support this cause. Henry also dabbled a bit in acting, performing in several Chesley Community Players productions. He always played his character to a “T” and enjoyed these opportunities.

In 2001, Joanne and Henry separated. However their first priority was always their sons. In addition to Scouting, Henry and the kids enjoyed year round fishing trips to Lake Simcoe and Lake Couchiching among others. There are many stories from these outings. Just ask Ryan about the “Polish Pike Master.”

Henry was a committed Star Wars fan, watching all the movies and reading all the books over the years. In addition to Star Wars, Henry enjoyed any books written by Clive Cussler or Stephen King. He enjoyed NCIS, as well as its spins offs, and who could forget the Big Bang Theory. He had an eclectic taste in music and would listen to anything depending on his mood.

Henry used to say that vegetarian was an old Indian word for bad hunter! Henry was certainly a carnivore, renowned for his stuffed pork chops, ribs, sausage, pot roasts and chili, just to name a few. To be honest, Henry took great pride in anything he prepared.

In 2010, Henry asked Linda Feuchuk to join him for a hike on the Bruce Trail. This beautiful, yet tiring day began a very special relationship. In time, they became best friends and partners sharing in both the good and difficult times. They were there for one another and supported one another in all of their endeavours.

Henry loved to get a rise out of people, make them laugh and of course throw in his fair share of puns! He was caring, loyal and stalwart to the point of being stubborn. He never wanted the limelight for himself and always tried to do his best behind the scenes. Henry taught his sons to be self-sufficient and appreciate everything life has to offer.

In 2017, at the age of 65, Henry retired. However, he loved his job, his daily interactions with people and his colleagues too much and continued to work part-time. He was a staple behind the meat counter and in our community and will be missed by many of us.

Sadly, Henry George Paliga passed away suddenly after a good day with family, friends and his Kin family, on Sunday, November 11, 2018 in his 67th year.

Beloved father of Ryan and his wife Sabrina Parent of Nepean, Ottawa, Adam and his girlfriend Heather Morency of Windsor and Christian of Amherstburg. Loving grandfather of two month old Claire and brother of Michael. Henry will be dearly missed by his best friend and partner Linda Feuchuk as well as his sons’ mother Joanne Paliga. Henry was predeceased by his parents George and Valentina Paliga.

A memorial visitation will be held at Rhody Family Funeral Home, Chesley on Friday from 4 - 8 p.m. A celebration of Henry’s life will be held at Klages Mill, Chesley (11 1st Ave. N.) on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Canada or the Bruce Trail Conservancy would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Becky Charlton
November 28, 2018
I am so sorry to hear of your loss, may your wonderful memories of Henry comfort you all during this sad time.
Ed Ermel
November 22, 2018
I was sorry to get the news of Henry's Going Home, so late. Henry was a good Scouting friend for many years. He will be missed.
Jim & Irene Driedger
November 17, 2018
I am deeply saddened to hear that Henry passed away. He was a good friend and fellow Kinsman where we co-chaired many projects together. Scouts was even a bigger passion for him with the hiking and camping being a highlight. My condolences to his family and friends.
Christopher Kekes
November 16, 2018
I was shocked and saddened to hear of Henry's passing. I have had many great talks with Henry over the years and was struck by his huge sense of compassion for Cystic Fibrosis sufferers and his drive for a cure. I will surely miss our heart to hearts about our Association and life. My deepest sympathy to all of you during this time of loss.

Chris Kekes
Past Governor District 1 Kinsmen
Heather Christie
November 16, 2018
Henry's smile brought joy to everyone. He was a special member of the Kin family. I will always remember his passion for cystic fibrosis.
Susanne Muzzell
November 16, 2018
So sad to hear of Henry's passing. He was a fixture in our community. Had so many fun conversations as I also work in the grocery business, and always enjoyed his work with our Bijou Theater . Safe journey friend
Paula and Don Rimmer
November 16, 2018
So sorry to hear. Henry always had a grin big enough to light up the neighborhood. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. R.I.P.
Dave and Heather Middleton
November 16, 2018
So sorry for your loss, Our deepest sympathy to your entire family.
Jennifer Mannerow Wallace
November 16, 2018
So sorry to hear of Henry's passing.
Paul Sinclair
November 15, 2018
I remember Henry as a very dedicated individual to his community. He will be missed by many. He was always cheerful and a pleasure to converse with. My condolences to the family.
Theressa Stade
November 15, 2018
We were shocked and saddened of the news. To his partner Linda we are so sorry for your loss. To his sons, Joann deepened sadness to the entire family he was a community man and one that enjoyed getting up and going to work everyday. Supported and believed in helping children within the community. A kinsman of many years, and has met many over the years. To say it is a shock to the community is an understatement our prayers and thoughts will continue for you all over the next few days and weeks. Hugs to all
Amy Doofenbaker
November 15, 2018
Dear Linda,
My sympathy to you in the sudden loss of your friend and partner. Take care of yourself in this difficult time.
James Woods
November 15, 2018
Our Deepest Sympathy to Linda and JO ANN the Boys and families at this time.
Deb & Boog Hepburn
November 15, 2018
To my grandboys he was "Rusty" as their scout leader he was patient and kind. He will be missed within the entire community.
Doug and Chris Fischer
November 15, 2018
Our condolences to Henry's family and his dear friend Linda. Thinking of all of you at this difficult time.
Ian Gentles & Ellen Simpson
November 15, 2018
We are both saddened to hear of Henry's passing. Henry was a great guy who always had time for his friends and acquaintances. He was a very vibrant part of the community serving both as a Scout Leader and a valued Kinsmen. His passion for his community and his ability to serve was unsurpassed. Henry will be greatly missed by all those who crossed his path. Rest well our dear friend, as it is well deserved.
Tammy fortune
November 15, 2018
My sincere condolences to Henrys sons Ryan, Adam, Christian and his partner Linda. Henry was a huge part of the community and was always there to help out when needed. He leaves a void in many peoples life and will be truly missed.
RIP Henry!
Tammy, Kirk,Brooklynn, Hailey and Madison Fortune.
Scott and Debbie Millar
November 14, 2018
So shocked and sorry to hear about Henry's passing.
He gave so much and was always a friendly face behind the meat counter or when we met him around town.
Our deepest sympathy to Ryan, Adam, Christian and families and to his partner, Linda.
Alyssa Ramlagan
November 14, 2018
Sending my condolences to Ryan Adam and Christian and Henry’s family and friends and to Linda his partner. The memories he gave me since I started working will remain with me forever and always RIP Henry
Styles Swartz & Melinda Bell
November 14, 2018
Our deepest sympathies goes out to the family of Henry. He will be truly missed.
Annette Dawm
November 14, 2018
I'm so sorry to hear of Henry's passing. He was a big part of the community.
pat and bryan young
November 14, 2018
sorry to hear of the sudden death of henry he was a great guy with a deep heart to serve and help anyone he will sure be missed
Rebecca Weber
November 14, 2018
I was in total shock when I heard about his passing. I’m going to miss him everyday. It was such a pleasure to walk into work on Sunday mornings to see him doing what he loved, and of course listening to the iconic rock and roll he always had tuned on. I will forever miss his witty comments, and his awesome stories. He was an amazing man. You’re in my prayers, Rest In Peace, youll be missed intensely.
Ginelle and Scott MacDougall
November 14, 2018
We were both shocked to hear of Henry’s sudden passing. Scott has many fond memories of Henry, he truly was a great person to learn from and work with. We both valued the attention Henry gave to our children when we bumped into him in the community, and how interested he was in what we had going on. Chesley has lost a valued community member, you’re all in our thoughts.
Scott, Ginelle, Julia and Hanna MacDougall
Eileen Mustard
November 14, 2018
Linda, thoughts and condolences for you at this time of great loss.
Dale and Carole Woods
November 14, 2018
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time. I will miss that grin! May he be at peace and always in your hearts.
Sarah Prentice, Lily and Emma Merrifield
November 14, 2018
Our deepest condolences to you, Linda, and family. Sending you all our love. Hold on to your memories of such a great man.
Tammy (Fritsch) Scott
November 14, 2018
Ryan, Adam and Christian. My deepest condolences. I spent many years working with your Dad at the grocery store. He was strict and had high expectations. But taught many of us the value of hard work. Responsibility. Initative. For me, he was there after every cut from the meat slicer or knife and burn from the wrapper.
After going away to college he would always ask my parents how I was doing. And on the weekends I was home, and would go in to the store, he would always come out to chat. He would tell me about each of you and where you were and what was happening in your lives. He was very proud of his boys.
I saw him in July (while I was home after my father passed away suddenly as well) he came to speak to me and offer his condolences. When I heard of his passing, his words from that day replayed in my head. “I’ve always believed we all have an expiry date. And it doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re doing, when that day comes, you go.” The pain of losing a father is awful. And no words of support can ease the pain in your heart.
Know that your Dad was a pillar of his community, through the store, scouts, kinsmen, theatre etc. He will be missed by many. You’re all in my thoughts.
Sandra Feuchuk
November 14, 2018
Shocked & saddened to hear of Henry's passing. His generosity knew no bounds and he will be missed. My thoughts & prayers are with Linda & his family. Thank you for everything Henry, R.I.P.
Nancy Tabaska
November 14, 2018
I was very sorry to hear of Henry's passing. He was my neighbour when I lived in Chesley. My condolences to his family.
Joannr & Paul McLaren
November 14, 2018
Our deepest sympathy
Ben Kriz & Dennis Parks
November 13, 2018
Please accept our sincere condolences on Henry's passing.
Dwayne and Susan Loughlean
November 13, 2018
We offer our sincere condolences to the families with Henry's passing. A true heart he will always be remembered. RIP my friend
Carissa, Shawn, Tannen, Bree & Karter
November 13, 2018
So sorry to hear of Henry's passing. Our deepest sympathies to everyone.
Charlie, Jean, Daniel and Dean Brow
November 13, 2018
Henry will be missed by a lot of people around the world for sure. Our family was shocked by the news. Henry has been apart of our family for over 15 years. Our deepest sympathy to all Henry,s love ones
Kevin and Christine Buoy
November 13, 2018
Our hearts are saddened by your loss... Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Harry Jack
November 13, 2018
I can't believe it! I will miss Henry.
Such an awesome person and so easy to talk to.
God Bless.
Bob & Glenys Johnson
November 13, 2018
We were saddened to hear about Henry's untimely death. He has been a valued member of our community for so long. He will be missed by many including Robert & I. Deepest Sympathy to his entire family.
Sarah and Tyler hatten
November 13, 2018
We are deeply saddened by the loss of Henry. He was well loved in our community and will be missed dearly. Our hearts go out to linda, and family. Sending you hugs.
Jason Hoffman
November 13, 2018
Thinking about you Henry and all of the wonderful things you did you make me a better Scouter and mentor to youth.
Krista Kerr (MacDougall)
November 13, 2018
Our deepest sympathies in the loss of your best friend and father. I spent most of my high school career working under Henry in the Leasks' (then Knechtel's) Meat Dept. with many friends and colleagues. Henry was always an interesting character, and kept us on our toes. Most recently I have seen how very special he is to a very dear friend, and the best daycare provider ever to my kids, Linda and we are so sorry for your loss. Wishing you all cherished memories and healing.

Krista & Jaron Kerr,
Mason, Maddux O'Leary,
Kirsten and Trent Kerr
Jessi Petta
November 13, 2018
Very sorry & saddened to hear of Henry's passing. A lovely man who always had a big smile on his face. He will be missed. My condolences to Linda & his family. RIP Henry.
Rick Lamon
November 13, 2018
It sad to hear about Henry he was a great mentor to all that went through Scouting. -- have an uneventful trip as you have GONE HOME
The Schuster Family
November 13, 2018
We are saddened to hear about Henry's passing. Thinking of you Linda, family and friends. xo
Brenda & Doug Calhoun
November 13, 2018
We were devastated to hear about Henry. Just retired and ready to enjoy life. It doesn’t seem fair. Thinking of the family. Hugs to all.
Wayne Cindy Cronkwright
November 12, 2018
We are saddened to hear of Henry,s passing he was a great man and a very good friend. He would always say hi when he seen you on the street. Are deepest sympathy goes to Ryan Adam Christine and family and also his friend Linda
Carol M. Jarvis
November 12, 2018
Very saddened to here of Henry's passing. Deepest sympathy goes to Henry's dear friend Linda ,Ryan and family, Adam and
Lorrie and John Brown
November 12, 2018
We are very shocked and deeply saddened by the sudden passing of Henry. We have known Henry for more than 20 years and have lots of good memories to keep close to our hearts. He was a true dear friend who gave the best hugs ever. He would move a mountain if you asked him to especially if there was a promise of homemade Christmas cookies in the deal. We will miss him greatly and I know he will mark the trail home for us to follow him one day. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his sons Ryan, Adam and Christian and family.
Linda Buchanan
November 12, 2018
I am very shocked and saddened to hear of Henry's sudden passing. I have known Henry for almost 19 years. He was my mentor, friend, inspiration and also fellow Scouter as well. I am sure he is travelling the many trails and marking the way for the rest of us who will follow. He will be missed by many.
Ann, Jeff, Stefany, and Myles Geertsma/Rolls
November 12, 2018
We were very shocked and saddened by the news of Henry’s passing.
Our deepest sympathy.

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