Henryk Boleslaw Rutkowski July 15, 1950 – May 6, 2019
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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the peaceful passing of Henry ‘Hank’ Rutkowski (68 years) on May 6, 2019 at Maison McCulloch Hospice. Beloved husband of Terry (nee Gillis). Loving father of Kelly (Blake) Didone and Andrew. Proud Dziadziu of Cooper and Nate. Devoted son of Boleslaw. Predeceased by his mother Irena (nee Jazwinska) and sister Marysia. Cherished brother-in-law of Bob and Cathy Gillis and Marilyn Gillis and Gilles Cote. Henry will be fondly remembered by many family and friends.
After graduating from the University of Windsor, Henry returned to Sudbury to marry the love of his life in 1980. Henry retired from Canada Revenue Agency in 2010. After a ‘brief’ retirement, he joyfully became a ‘full-time’, loving, and devoted Dziadziu to his grandsons. Family meant everything to Henry. He never missed a memorable moment and always made sure to capture each milestone from behind his camera. Henry was known for his love of music and was gifted with the ability to play any song by ear on the piano. Henry also enjoyed his fishing trips with family and was the patient, chief fisherman on Lake Muskoka baiting and unhooking fish for his children and grandchildren. Henry was very proud to celebrate his father’s significant achievements and awards in the community and in Poland. Henry and Terry had a love and passion for traveling. From their honeymoon spent in San Francisco, they travelled to Australia, the South Pacific, Asia, Africa, Europe, and 19 islands of the Caribbean. They only missed two continents.
Henry left an impression on everyone he met. Henry/Hank/Dad/Dziadziu, you will be forever in our hearts…. we love you more!
A special thank you to Christine and Robert Skelly and family as well as to the oncology staff at Health Sciences North and the staff at Maison McCulloch Hospice for the outstanding care provided to Henry.
In lieu of flowers, donations to the Maison McCulloch Hospice or to the Northern Cancer Foundation would be greatly appreciated.
Family and friends may gather at Jackson and Barnard Funeral Home 233 Larch Street, Sudbury on Thursday, May 9, 2019 from 2-5 pm and 6-8 pm with prayers at 7:30 pm. Funeral Mass to be held at St. Casimir’s Parish 210 Paris Street, on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 10 am. Reception to follow at Jackson and Barnard.