November 9, 1949 – July 4, 2011
Henry Leier – Born Nov 9th, 1949 in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. He was one of 9 children (Elaine, Merv, Lynn, Al, Henry, Wray, Ron, Ken, Lorne). He loved his mother Wray and his Father Henry. Henry grew up in the prairies where he went to university to become a teacher. He was always goal oriented, and as such finished his teaching degree a year early. He taught math and physical fitness, later moving into administration. During this time he met his match and the love of his life – Margaret – soon after which they were married and had 4 children – David, Elisabeth, Christopher and Jonathan.
In 1980 Henry left teaching to start a building career, forming Protask with his brothers. One of their largest and most fun projects was the waterslide complex at the Sheraton Cavalier in Saskatoon, Sk.
In 1988 Henry and Margaret packed up their house and moved to Victoria. Soon after they were drawn to Saltspring Island were they settled permanently. Henry continued his building career, from 1990 to 2010 he and Margaret, via Leier Ventures, designed and built custom homes. Most owners worked alongside him to build their dream. Many of Henry’s closest friends today are customers with whom he shared on average, a year’s worth of special experiences.
Early 2000 Henry found his second love – golf. With help from his family he built a golf course on the lower part of his property, playing every evening with his wife and children. For the last 10 years he has played every chance he got and with every friend he had. He excelled due to his natural sporting ability and his clear focus.
Henry was diagnosed with colon cancer in late 2009. He spent his remaining time fighting the cancer as best as he could, loving and traveling with his wife, loving his children, family and friends – and holding and kissing his grandchildren – Ella, Jovin, and little Margaret.
Henry passed away peacefully on the morning of the 4th of July.
A gathering to celebrate his extraordinary life and exchange stories will be held Saturday July 9th at 4pm. Please come to Henry’s golf course at 176 South Rd – all are welcome.
He was loved very much by all who met him, and he loved everyone. His calm presence will be missed.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be made to Habitat for Humanity, Victoria, P.O. Box 1357, Victoria TX 77902.