Posted: May 21st, 2013

HENRY ALOYSIUS DAY RIDER (POHK TSI NA) passed away May 15, 2013 in Fort Macleod at the age of 69. Left to mourn his passing are his wife of 36 years, Louise and daughter, Flora. Sisters; Florence (Frank) Petrik, Cynthia (Wally) Hunt, Joyce (Ron) Doore, Edith and Laverne Wells; Brothers; Melvin (Anne) Wells and Arnold (Joan) Wells. Aunts; Elizabeth Big Throat and Clara (Francis) Russell, His God children that he took as his own, nieces and nephews too numerous to mention.
Raised in standoff and at an early age began to work as a farmer near Fort Macleod. Back in the old days he rode a horse from that farm to St. Mary residential school where he stayed for 11 years. Henry met Louise at a basket social not realizing she would become his wife later in life. Friends brought them together a courtship began and a life together confirmed by marriage in July, 1977. Endeavoring to succeed as a welder Henry received his Journeyman Red Seal Welder Certification from Lethbridge College in 1982. A business man most of his life except for the years 1984 – 1986 where he was elected to Chief and Council Henry was owner/operator of Day Rider’s Welding, Old Agency Trucking and The Pizzaria in Standoff Townsite and served as Vice-President for the Blood Reserve Truckers Association.
Henry worked hard all his life and did not tolerate any show of weakness from those around him. He did not hesitate to share his opinion which sometimes was harsh. Those who knew him well also saw a softer side of him and established a strong bond pure and sincere. People often asked for his assistance secure in the fact that he was ‘expert’ with mechanical advice.
Throughout his life he crossed paths with many people some became life long friends he considered family. His generous heart and friendly spirit will be greatly missed. He leaves this world to join his family predeceased before him; parents Henry Sr and Flora (Healy) Day Rider and Brothers Terry Day Rider and Murry Wells, Aunts and Uncles too numerous to mention.
A Family Service will be held at 4:00 P.M., on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at EDEN”S FUNERAL HOME, 2424 5th ave, Fort Macleod, AB. Following with a wake service at 7:00 P.M., at Henry’s Residence.
A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 A.M., on Wednesday, May 22, 2013 at HOLY CROSS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2603 3rd Ave, Fort Macleod AB, with Father Angelo D’Costa, Officiating. Interment to follow at St. Catherine’s Cemetery.
Eden’s Funeral Home and Crematorium
2424 – 5 Avenue
Fort Macleod, AB
Phone: 403-553-3772

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