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Henry Tingley

Henry Tingley

Henry Lawrence Tingley
(August 6, 1918 – June 5, 2015)

Peacefully, at St Paul’s Hospital after a very short decline in his health, “Ting” left us to rejoin the love of his life and our dear mother Nina (nee Scott) who predeceased him in 2004. Left to remember his legacy are his children. Teddy Tingley, and granddaughter Theresa. Scott (Janice) Tingley, granddaughter Tasha Tingley (Brett) and great grandchildren Dayson, Chanelle, Lucas, Brett jr and Anna-Lynn. Jim (Jennifer) Tingley, grandsons Brennan, Scott, and Steven. Also surviving him are his brother Jim (Marg) Tingley, and sisters Marion, Faye, Jean (Tom), Kay (Randy), Patricia, sister in-law Marjorie, and a plethora of nieces and nephews. Also predeceasing him sisters Margaret, Laura, and brothers George and Walter.
Lawrence, as he was known in his youth, was born in Shaunavon Saskatchewan, the eldest son of Henry (Hank) and Anna. He grew up on Oxford Street in Moose Jaw well before modern conveniences and leisure time. Each child did what they could to contribute to keep the household running. It was in this environment that Ting's quiet sense of duty to his family, community, and country was developed.
Along with over 1 million Canadians, over 10% of the total population at the time, he joined the massive effort put forward by our country during the Second World War. Serving with the 1st and 2nd Canadian Survey Regiments, they rolled thru North Africa, Italy, France, Belgium, spending VE Day in 1945 in Holland, then one last campaign up to Den Helder to liberate the island of Texel on May 20th.
Upon his return he hired on in the mail room with Robin Hood at their flour mill in Moose Jaw. There were a number of promotions and a transfer to Winnipeg in the late 1940's. It was there he meet Nina. He was smitten and a short time later they were married. Several more promotions and transfers followed, along with a few kids. In 1967 he was promoted to manage the Saskatoon mill, a position he held until 1974. He always spoke fondly of his co-workers and forged a number of close relationships that still remain to this day. (Gentlemen; this week the coffee is on him)
His next adventure began as the Industrial Relations Superintendent with the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan at Lanigan where he remained to his retirement in 1984. Ting and Nina had close friends in the community but always felt Saskatoon was their home. The remainder of their retirement was spent in Saskatoon. In 2012 his early years of football, hockey, and baseball finally took their toll on his mobility and he moved to an assisted living home on Keedwell Avenue. His mind and wit were still sharp and he took every opportunity to badger and prod Myrna and her team, enjoying the back and forth banter with a twinkle in his eye. It was a great environment for him and he developed some strong relationships.
Ting crammed a wide range of interests and activities into his 96 years. He was an avid reader to the end, with subscriptions to the daily paper, the Economist magazine, and a novel on the nightstand. He preferred candid photographs and every 3 – 5 years at family gatherings the slide projector would come out. He was an expert crossword puzzle enthusiast, great conversationalist, and always had a couple of projects underway. Home additions, furniture, electronics, gardening, if something required repair he fixed it, if someone needed support he offered a hand, if someone felt sorry for themselves or shirked their duty, he shouldered their part and moved on.
We are going to miss your wit, advice, and experience Dad.
As per his wishes his body was bequeathed to the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan.
In lieu of flowers please consider a donation to your favourite charity and lift a glass or tip your hat to a life well lived.
A gathering to celebrate and share memories will be held on Saturday, June 27th at 2:00 pm at Lee Funeral Home, 3101 Dewdney Avenue, Regina Saskatchewan.
“Remember to call if you find work, write if you don't”


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