DEBRUNNER, Heini (Henry)
1932 – 2012
Passed away suddenly in Abbotsford Regional Hospital on Friday, September 28, 2012. Born in Switzerland, he completed an apprenticeship in meat cutting and additional chef training before joining the French Foreign Legion, serving in North Africa and Indo-China. Henry emigrated to Canada in 1962, working in Montreal and Vancouver before moving to the Fraser Valley. He became well known in British Columbia’s Martial arts community; was an active member of the Pacific Lodge #16 and Gizeh Shriners; a Ferndale Institution citizen escort; and Mission Speed Watch and Citizen Patrol volunteer for many years. He is survived by his wife Heather Stewart, daughter Barbara Howard (Ken), stepdaughter Melanie Coates and son Vincenzo D’Amico, stepson Gregory Coates (Monika), and their three children: Michelle, Gregory Jr., and Geoffrey. There will be a Masonic burial and no funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations could be made to: SAINTS, 33860 Dlugosh Avenue, Mission, BC V2V 6B2.