Henry (Harry) Prior Estlin

ESTLIN, Henry (Harry) Prior Born April 8, 1905, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, passed away peacefully in Parksville, BC July 7, 2004 with his loving daughter, Lynda, at his side. He was predeceased by Virginia, his beautiful wife of 65 years, and brother and sisters Edward, Emily and Marion. He will be sadly missed by his brother Charlie (Esmee), son Harry and daughter Lynda (Fern), and nephew Ed (Peggy). Lovingly remembered by his grandson Gord (Sue) and granddaughter Cyndy (Paul), great-grandchildren Brayden, Keith, Julie-Ann and Russell. Henry started his working career in 1923 for Dominion Rubber in Victoria where he was promoted to sales staff and transferred to Vancouver. He left Dominion Rubber and joined Shell Oil in 1929 where he worked for 33 years. During his time with Shell, Henry took 4 years leave, to join the Seaforth Highlanders as Lieutenant and was promoted to Captain. He returned to Shell and spent nine years as Agency Supervisor in Northern B.C. In 1961, Henry and Virginia retired to Parksville where they made their home. He was appointed Judge – Provincial Court of B.C. in 1964 and held this position until officially retiring in 1975. Henry was a Mason in good standing for most of his adult life, receiving his 50 year pin. Not least of all, he was passionate about his hobby rifle shooting and was a Life Governor of the BCRA. He was instrumental in founding the Parksville rifle range, now named Henry Range. He will be missed by many friends and students made through years of his involvement in shooting. Henry, Bampa, Bano, was an upstanding, caring gentleman who shared of himself generously. He was a remarkable man of presence to everyone who knew him. The family wishes to thank the entire staff of Trillium Lodge for their exceptional care of Henry, in residence there for the past two years, and Dr. Cardwell who helped us through a difficult time. We wish also to thank everyone who sent flowers, cards, donations, and especially those who were able to attend, on such short notice, Henry’s funeral. The outpouring of love and respect was heart-warming. The Masonic Lodge and Veterans Association each paid their respects, too, in Services for Henry at the Chapel. Thank you from all of us.