Henry Walter Friedrich Hübener passed away peacefully at the Victoria General Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada on October 8th, 2020.
He was predeceased by his brothers Arnold and Edmund early in life, then his mother Frieda, and his father, Henry.
Left to mourn, are his wife of almost 62 years Ursula, his twin children Marlys and René, his sister Edith, and his grandchildren Kristina Huebener, and Daniel Schott, Monica Schott, Bonnie Schott, and Stacey Gabor.
Henry was born in Hamburg, Germany, on January 26th, 1938. He was born into a chaotic wartime, and later in life, spoke passionately about how growing out of those times shaped his future enthusiasms. He had a great passion for music and was a drummer in a band in his youth. Later, he learned to play the accordion, and throughout his life, entertained family and friends by playing old Hamburger sea shanties, usually around a campfire.
He had many jobs in Germany when he was young, and often spoke about his days as a mover where he prided himself in great feats of strength (thus his nickname “Bulle”), and his days as a long distance truck driver, where he received certificates acknowledging his punctuality and record of accident-free driving.
In 1957, Henry proposed to Ursula Lübcke with whom he’d grown up, and after his father gave permission for him to marry while he was still underage, Henry and Ursula were married in Hamburg on Dec 24th, 1958.
René and Marlys were born in January 1963, and soon after, Henry and Ursula decided to follow his friend Wilfred’s lead and emigrate to Canada. In May of 1965, they arrived in Winnipeg to start their new life.
Henry’s love of adventure and the outdoors led him and his family to countless camping trips, especially to northern Manitoba lakes like Iskwasum and Athapapuskow. Other adventures took them on epic road trips across Canada, the United States, and many times to Mexico. He loved being involved in sports. He won some provincial wrestling awards, enjoyed his badminton league, and spent many years playing soccer with his friends weekly, at Sisler High school, a highlight of his week.
In 1974, he built a cottage near Lee River, with materials collected by having torn down a farmyard with his family, board by board. In 1989, Henry and Ursula moved out to “The Cottage”, after building a large addition to it.
Henry was a tool and die maker at Versatile for all his years in Winnipeg. After moving to the Lee River area, he became a machinist at Atomic Energy of Canada, in Pinawa. When he was laid off from AECL, he fulfilled a life-long dream and started his own business; Lee River Custom Machining, which he ran very successfully with Ursula for 10 years, until they sold the house and business and moved back to Winnipeg, on the 16th floor of a high-rise.
Henry spent much of his last years honing his woodworking skills, which he enjoyed immensely.
Henry and Ursula would often drive to various casinos in Canada and the U.S., including trips to Las Vegas.
Henry’s sense of humour, love of life, and appreciation for his family and friends will never be forgotten by those who were lucky enough to have known him, and he will be missed, greatly.