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Henry Kreindler

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HENRY KREINDLER

October 25, 1950 – February 3, 2024

Peacefully, at Riverview Health Centre, Henry Kreindler passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was predeceased by his parents, Dov and Betty, and is mourned by his devoted wife Catherine, loving daughter Adi (David) and her mom Reena (Lloyd).


Henry was born in Haifa, Israel and arrived in Canada at age ten. By high school, he was building speaker cabinets in his dad’s basement, part of a lifelong passion for music and audio. Inspired by the Beatles and other bands of the British Invasion, he was in several high school-age bands, none of which lasted more than a few months. He would later manage the band Sally Screw and the Drivers. After graduating from St. John’s High School, he studied electronics at Red River College.


In the 1980s, Henry owned and managed Banquox Sound, one of the largest audio rental companies in Western Canada. A hub of the Winnipeg music scene for many years, Banquox provided services to artists and events ranging from Tina Turner to the Winnipeg Folk Festival. As a businessman, Henry was known for his integrity and uncompromising craftsmanship (producing the heaviest speaker boxes ever built) – but even more so for his big-heartedness and generosity. He gave unstintingly – whether in the form of a job to someone struggling to find work, extra time for a client to pay a bill, or mentorship to a young person learning the ropes. Wherever he went, he made friends and touched people’s lives in ways they would always remember.


Whatever life threw at him – a heart attack at 39, an unsuccessful triple bypass surgery, a fire that destroyed his house (and a subsequent battle with the insurance company, which he won) – Henry fought through it with tenacity, never languishing in self-pity. Throughout his life, he loved learning and embraced new challenges. In midlife, he retrained as an accountant and worked for diverse organizations. He also continued to find new ways to engage with music, running an audio-restoration side business, co-founding the digital Manitoba Music Museum, becoming the Scottish Pavilion’s sound engineer, and best of all, recording family and friends in his lovingly designed home studio. Some of his most treasured times were the countless hours spent working with Adi on albums and shows since her teens.  


Another creative outlet was Henry’s longstanding hobby of photography. He built a state-of-the-art darkroom in his basement. His subjects included musicians and singers who performed in Manitoba, including Three Dog Night, Marie Osmond and Earth, Wind and Fire. In his later years he loved to photograph the buildings of Winnipeg and create unique digital artwork.


Henry spent the best years of his life with Catherine, whom he married in 2013. Naturally, music played a role in their courtship: he first expressed his feelings by sending her the song “Beautiful Lady.” They spent many happy hours attending concerts and performances, especially by local musicians. They rebuilt the house together after the fire.


Henry was genuine, unselfish, hardworking, reliable, honest, fair, and principled, a dedicated husband and father and a true friend. He will be sadly missed and in our hearts always. 


In accordance with Henry’s wishes, there will be no funeral service. A celebration of life may be held at a later date. Among the charities Henry supported are: The Kinsmen Reh-Fit Centre, Darcy’s ARC (a no-kill animal shelter), CancerCare, and the Aboriginal Health and Wellness Centre. In lieu of flowers, donations to these charities would be appreciated. Thanks to all the doctors and nurses who cared for Henry over the years, especially Dr. Green and Dr. Rittberg of CancerCare and all the staff at Riverview.


Henry's family kindly requests that all of his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by watching the photo-biography above. Please, also consider sharing your own photos, memories, and stories by making use of the comment section on this page.


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Denise Davies

May 9, 2024 at 2:22 PM

Henry was a loving, kind and hard working man.  I am honored to have received one of his unique digital artworks.  My sister, Catherine knew she was the luckiest woman when she met, fell in love with and married such a beautiful soul..  My condolences to Catherine, Adi, and Reena for their loss.  It is a loss to anyone who got to meet and know Henry.  I will truly miss him.  RIP, Henry.

Mohan

May 9, 2024 at 2:21 PM

Remarkably talented, intelligent, and friendly soul, who always wanted to 'do it right'. I'm glad we crossed our paths during Haggis gigs for Winnipeg Folklorama for a few years, and thank you for making my fiddle sounding nice with a rich tone.

Rest in peace my friend,

Ron Friesen

May 9, 2024 at 2:21 PM

To Those closest to Henry, my heartfelt wish for comfort. Remembering Henry continues to bring his friends together as he has always had a knack for. Special man.

Anonymous

May 9, 2024 at 2:20 PM

Henry was a great, loving, lovable man. My deepest condolences, Catherine.

Bob Fuhr and Cathleen Hjalmarson

May 9, 2024 at 2:20 PM

Intelligent, creative, sensitive, caring, complicated. A good person. We miss him and will never forget him.  So sorry for your loss, Catherine.

Richard Denesiuk

May 9, 2024 at 2:19 PM

Such a kind and knowledgeable man. So many lives were touched with Henry's beautiful spirit. Henry and Catherine are an inspiration and role models on  how to be in love and best friends. We'll all miss Henry greatly. ❤️❤️🐥

Vicki Rempel

May 9, 2024 at 2:19 PM

Sending sincere condolences to Catherine, Adi and Reena and their loved ones.

Henry was a warm and kind soul. Treasure the memories!

Sherry Lyn Marginet

May 9, 2024 at 2:18 PM

I expect this lovingly written obituary is only the tip of the full life Henry had.


Too many of us know too well that our love and respect for a person does not stop when death comes, it carries on with us that remain.  I won’t be forgetting Henry anytime soon. ❤️

Greg Lofvendahl

May 9, 2024 at 2:18 PM

I met Henry when I started working as the Stage Manager for the Pavilion Of Scotland. I asked if I could help him set up the sound system. He asked if I had any experience and I told him just enough to get me into trouble. He thought that was pretty funny and said sure let’s get at it.

For the next 4 years I helped Henry set up, tear down, reconfigure the stage and trouble shoot problems. Even with Henry’s extensive training, I still only learned enough to get me into trouble.

I have to say for those 4 years, working with Henry and The Flying Haggis Band were the best part of working the pavilion. We shared a common commitment to the sound quality and show presentation. But for the life of me, what he considered a nice volume level, I considered to be painfully loud.

Just one more thing he couldn’t train me on.

kreindler-henry

May 9, 2024 at 2:18 PM

Henry, we were fortunate to have known you. In a rough and tumble world, you gave it everything and we're all the better off because of the likes of you and your eternal spirit. I am so thankful for having had the time to spend with you. My deepest condolences to Catherine, Adi and Reena.

Anonymous

May 9, 2024 at 2:17 PM

@Gord Metcalfe

Gord, the tribute was written and the pictures compiled by Sara,Henry's daughter.

Carmen and Rick Dondo

May 9, 2024 at 2:17 PM

We only spent a few brief moments with Henry, but always better for having done so!

Hugs to Catherine and his family and close friends.

Anonymous

May 9, 2024 at 2:16 PM

A beautiful tribute to a life of goodness. So grateful for Henry’s gift to us all of what it means to be « neighbourly   ». - always  concerned for others, always present at our neighbourhood garden parties, always lending his expertise and equipment to run the sound system for concerts of the Northend Artists Collective, always an example of a loving, caring partner.  Catherine, may you find strength from such goodness and the deep love you shared.

Norm Goodman

May 9, 2024 at 2:15 PM

I am very sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincere condolences.

Gord Metcalfe

May 9, 2024 at 2:15 PM

Thank you Catherine for the touching tribute.


I first introduced myself to Henry while employed at Garnet Amplifiers at the age of 19, I made my best pitch, and after another attempt or two, he relented and hired me on to Banquox Sound where I remained a member of the staff until the age of 33.


Henry was a friend and a mentor to me,  and a fair and generous employer. I will remember you with affection always, Henry.


Rest in peace, my friend.

Ruby

May 9, 2024 at 2:14 PM

It is difficult to put 60 years of friendship into a few words. I will miss you Henry💕

Ilena Zaramba

May 9, 2024 at 2:06 PM

What a kind, generous, sweet Soul he was. We will miss him. Love the photos.

Judy Cook

May 9, 2024 at 2:06 PM

I feel so fortunate I was a friend of Henry…and that was because I met him through his deep friendship with my life partner Rubin Kantorovich. We so enjoyed our get togethers over the past 10 years and miss him so much…he gave so much to our community and was loved (is loved) by many. ❤️

Anonymous

May 9, 2024 at 2:05 PM

Save us a seat Henry! Mood Jga Jga loves you dearly for your years of tireless and generous support over 50 years. Rest in power brother!😘

Graham Shaw

May 9, 2024 at 2:05 PM

i mourn Henry’s passing. I liked it when he was here.

Brent Lethbridge

May 9, 2024 at 2:03 PM

I have many wonderful memories of Henry, mostly his epic road trip to Flin Flon. Henry, Susan and I had a great time of reconnecting after 30 years. Warm soul, helpful man. Condolences to family and loved ones.

Diana

May 9, 2024 at 2:01 PM

Catherine,

What a beautiful obituary to a remarkable man.  Thinking of you during this difficult time.

Barny Haines

May 9, 2024 at 2:01 PM

Worked with Henry on many occasions. Always enjoyed his presence and disposition. Henry was one of the best..!

Anonymous

May 9, 2024 at 2:00 PM

Catherine…… I am so sorry to hear of your loves’s passing………stay strong….…like the person you are <3

Lorne Lautens

May 9, 2024 at 2:00 PM

I have many fond memories of Henry starting from our time at St. John's High School. He will be remembered and missed by many.

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