It is with broken hearts and overwhelming sadness that the family of Henry Voth announce his unexpected passing on March 19, 2021.
Heirich Wilhelm was born on July 13, 1937 in Dinorwic ON; one of 7 children born to Wilhelm and Agata Voth. While he was in high school, he met his one and only true love, Carol Wall, while they were still in high school and on July 12, 1957, they tied the knot. It was just one day before Henry’s 20th birthday. Henry and Carol enjoyed a blissful 59 years and 2 months of marriage before Carol’s untimely passing in 2016. Theirs was a true love story unlike any other.
Their beautiful marriage grew into a beautiful family which included the addition of 3 daughters and a son, and as time passed, many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and even great-great-grandchildren.
From the time he was a young boy, Henry was always very industrious and had an exceedingly strong work ethic. Any job, task or hobby was completed with the utmost care and precision. In August 1957 Henry was hired at the Dryden Paper Mill as an Electrical Labourer and thus began a 40-year (and 4 month) career seeing him move up the ranks to Electrician-A with Electronics/Communications before his retirement on January 1, 1998. Upon retirement, Henry was awarded for having with no lost time hours due to injury, and had also received an award for leading his team to 1 million man-hours without lost time injury. Henry was a hard worker, but safety was always number one.
Retirement didn’t mean the same to Henry as it does to most. When Henry retired from the mill, at 60 years of age, he simply moved on to his second career: operating and managing the Sun Ridge Power House in Wainwright, a position that he held, with pride, up to his passing. The team he worked with was like a 2nd family, and he always held them in such high respect. Henry couldn’t have enjoyed it more when his pager went off, indicating that the power house needed his attention. When he talked about how many times his pager went off in the night, the story was always told with a gleam of satisfaction and content.
As dedicated as Henry was to his work, it paled in comparison to the dedication he had for his family. In 1957 Henry began to build their family home, and along with Carol, they created a home full of love and laughter, and many opportunities for learning new things along the way. When Henry was not working at his job, he was working at home to provide for his family. Everything in their home was either built by, or improved by Henry. He had an amazing ability with woodwork, carpentry and welding, just to name a few, and the pieces he created were done with impeccable skill. His work was true artistry. He always had a curious mind and was endlessly interested in learning about how things worked, and why. He was an incredibly intelligent man and was stumped by almost nothing, but on the rare occasion that he was, it only took a little more thought and a few more experiments before Henry could figure out the answer to anything.
Henry was not all work though. There are many warm memories of fishing trips, bird hunting and camping with his family and with friends. Henry loved when his children and grandchildren were gathered. He loved sliding down the hills with the kids in the Winter, and hanging out in the yard, barbecuing in the Summer. He served the best, perfectly deep fried fish and chips around, hands down.
Henry was always the first one up on the dance floor with Carol at any benefit or wedding they attended. They loved to dance with each other, and it showed on their faces as they whirled around the dance floor. Whenever the grandkids came to visit, Grampa loved to teach them new things, like showing them how to make origami birds or whistles out of wood, or the very best paper airplanes. Anything the kids needed or wanted, Henry usually had it or he could make it. He was a wealth of knowledge and information that served his family so well, and will continue to do so for generations to come.
Henry is survived by, and will be forever missed by his loving family – his children Dianne Scott (Dan), Janet Hamilton (Tom), Debbie Carrier, and Jim Voth (Lori); 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild with 2 more on the way.
Henry is also survived by his siblings, Jake Voth (Bunny), Anna Turcott and Liz Hutchison (Allan), as well as his in-laws, Ron Wall and Alice Hawke and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Henry was predeceased by his beautiful wife, Carol in 2016. He was also predeceased by a son in infancy, his parents Wilhelm and Agata Voth, sister Loretta in infancy, sister Hilda Wolski, brother Bill Voth, son-in-law Wayne Carrier, brothers-in-law Gary Turcott and Stan Wolski, and his father- and mother-in-law Perry and Helen Wall.