Obituary for Lionel Heinrich
April 20, 1934 – April 21, 2014
It is with deep sorrow that the family of Lionel Heinrich announces his passing on Monday, April 21, 2014 at 80 years of age in Cranbrook.
Lionel was born on April 20, 1934 in Churchbridge, Saskatchewan. He had many accomplishments in his life. He began his career as an NHL hockey player for the Boston Bruins in 1955 and 1956 – The original “6”. He continued on and became a very successful race horse owner and trainer winning many races with his thoroughbred horses in Canada and the USA. In 1972, Lionel decided to call Cranbrook home. Here he owned several businesses including Tamarack Trailers.
Lionel loved the outdoors. He enjoyed years of hunting big game animals, chasing cougars up and down the mountains with his many cougar hounds and also proudly accomplished getting his sheep “Grand Slam”. Lionel spent many years pheasant and geese hunting in Alberta with his greatly loved Labrador dogs, his family and good friends Gordie and Frank. Port Alice on Vancouver Island was home to Lionel during the salmon season where he spent many hours on the ocean fishing, just to catch “The Big One”!
Lionel will be greatly missed by all his family, especially his wife and best friend of 56 years, Amy. Lionel is survived by his loving wife Amy, his children Doug (Patti), Dawn (Sylvan), Trish (George) and Janet (Dennis), his grandchildren Chelsey, Brenden, Kevin (Christine), Katie, Crystal (Trevor), Andrew (Kristin), Sheldon, Travis, Brittany, Annie (Adrien), Drew (Reagan) and David and his great grandchildren Natalie, Madeline and Jayce.
The family sincerely thanks all the doctors and nurses for their compassionate and tender care of Lionel. We would also like to thank the pharmacy staff at the East Kootenay Regional Hospital.
There will not be a funeral service at this time. The family will have a private memorial service for Lionel at a later date. Those wishing to make a memorial donation in honour of Lionel can do so to the: East Kootenay Regional Hospital ICU Fund, 13 – 24th Avenue North, Cranbrook, British Columbia, V1C 3H9 – Attention: Donna Grainger; www.ekfh.ca; or by calling 250-489-6481.
“Grandpa” will forever be in the hearts of all his family.
Feature photo courtesy of Through My Eyes Photography