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Henry Morton
Thornborough
1944 - 2018
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Obituary for Henry Morton Thornborough

Henry Morton  Thornborough
Henry Morton Thornborough was born on May 29, 1944, in Glenboro, Manitoba and passed away on Thursday, July 12, 2018 at the age of 74 years.

Henry leaves to mourn his passing his four children: sons Kevin (Leila) of Calgary, Trent (Lisa) of Glenboro, Glen (Bonnie) of Boston, daughter Connie (Scott) Reid of Stonewall, nine grandchildren Erik, Megan, Kayla (Glen), Dylan (Paige), Mitchel, Haidyn, Spencer, Max and Dexter. And three great-grandchildren Mara, Goldie and Jaxen; brother Jim Thornborough of Calgary and sister Nancy (Martin) More of Elgin, as well as numerous extended relatives and friends. Henry was predeceased by his wife Margaret (nee Lyall) in 2013 and by his parents Len and Mattie Thornborough.

On July 22, 1967 Henry married Margaret Lyall and they took over the family farm. Through the years they raised livestock, grew crops and enjoyed a garden, all while raising four children. Farming was always a way of life and passion for Henry. He shared his love of the land with all who knew him, and he believed in the value of the farming community. He and Margaret were known for their open door, and readiness to help anyone in need.

Family was always very important to Henry. In the summers when his family was young they enjoyed camping by the river on the farm, traveling to countless bonspiels with friends and family, and taking in the harness races in many southwestern Manitoba towns. Eventually, being a grandfather was one of the greatest joys and pride in Henry’s life. He was a special mentor and teacher to his grandchildren, showing love and patience while providing them with memories of hunting, gardening, playing cards or working with cattle. His commitment to family was evident in his attendance at countless sporting events, ceremonies, performances, and celebrations- traveling near and far to encourage and support his family’s endeavors. Henry also led by example as an active member of the Kinsmen, K-40s, Glenboro Curling Club, Glenboro Turf Club, and the Manitoba Great Western Harness racing, where he held many positions, including president.

Henry loved many sports and recreational activities. Curling was a great passion in his life, as he competed and won as skip in the Manitoba Super League and led his team to the finals of the Manitoba Counsels. For many years he enjoyed and excelled at baseball as a catcher, and he was always a dedicated fan of the sport. Henry also loved hunting deer and water fowl from a young age, which continued into his married life- hunting with his father and father-in-law along with many good friends. While Henry was never a hockey player himself, he did make a terrific coach, and had a love and knowledge of the sport that grew with his children and grandchildren.

Henry was known for his tireless work ethic, his bright smile, ready laugh and listening ear. He will be dearly missed by all those who had the privilege of knowing and spending time with him.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday July 18, 2018 at 11:00 am, in the Glenboro United Church with Sandra Rex officiating. Interment will take place in the Glenboro Cemetery.
Following the interment, a reception will be held in the Glenboro Kinsmen Community Hall. Everyone is welcome.

Friends that so desire, memorial donations can be made in Henry’s memory to the Glenboro & Area Foundation, Box 147 Glenboro MB R0K 0X0 or to a charity of one’s choice.

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