It is with great sadness that the family of Henry Rakowski announce his passing on November 27, 2021, at the age of 87. Beloved father, grandfather, and great grandfather of Jeanette (Joe) and their children Tom (Angela), Jill (Brett), David and grandchildren Jordyn, Addie and Dillon, of Harold (Lynn) and their children Kevin (Danielle), Sam (Meghan), Alex (Diva) and grandchildren Kennedie and Jackson and of Joanne (David) and their children Bobbi (Sean) and Kristen and cherished brother to Richard, Albert (Malva), Sabina (Peter) and Louise.  Henry is predeceased by his loving wife Helen and his dear sisters Elizabeth and Carol.

Henry was born in Radway, Alberta on April 15, 1934, and grew up on a farm nearby. It is here that his masterful skills in gardening, hunting, fishing, his love of country music and his uncanny connection to nature were nurtured. After attending the University of Alberta Henry took his first teaching position, in a one room schoolhouse, in Wandering River, Alberta. He continued his teaching career in Edmonton, shortly thereafter becoming a principal and retiring after thirty six years of being a gifted educator. He built his life in Edmonton marrying his beloved Helen, raising their three children Jeanette, Harold, and Joanne, seeing his children marry and have children of their own, witnessing the love of grandchildren and greatgrandchildren and forming many close friendships along the way. Henry was a spiritual man with a deep faith and was involved in church activities throughout his life. Family and friends were everything to Henry and he will be dearly missed by all.

Anyone who met Henry could attest to his remarkable ability to connect with people, young and old alike, and to the countless special moments he shared with friends and family. His all encompassing enthusiasm for life was legendary and his interests were many. He shared his passions with all who crossed his path. Whether it was growing the biggest tomato, hunting moose  in Whitecourt, planting a garden at Lake Isle, entering into a moose calling contest, deciding to become a taxidermist, teaching hunter training courses, canning home grown vegetables from the garden, frying up a freshly caught fish, playing a Johnny Cash tune on the guitar, lighting fireworks at the lake for grandchildren, making  a myriad of Inukshuks, taking countless people for a ride on the Argo, creating a desert full of treasures for grandchildren to discover or just having a happy hour drink or two with others, Henry approached every encounter, activity and person with unbridled passion and joy. He “led the charge” for living life to the fullest and we will deeply miss our guiding star.

The family would like to extend thanks to the staff at Waterford of Summerlea Seniors Residence for making Henrys’ ten year stay there so wonderful. We would also like to thank the nurses and doctors in Units 19 and 15 at the Sturgeon Community Hospital for the high level of care that they tenderly gave to Henry.  In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Alberta Conservation Association at https://www.ab-conservation.com/donate/make-a-donation/. Follow the link and click Donate Online for ACA Donation choose Community Fish Stalking for Memorial Donation: click box and type Henry Rakowski.

A family celebration of life for Henry will be held at a later date.  

Serenity Funeral Service – South
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Brent C Kilfoyl

Dearest Henry

We shared many laughs and drinks together my friend , my mentor .
We enjoyed many family dinners with my family- Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas .
Fishing trips. Hunting – Beer & wings at the Sawmill or their great brunch you liked so much. -You were always a gentleman and will be dearly missed .
Love you Henry


Hello Harold, Jeanette and Joanne,

I don’t think that my original message was posted, so I am sending this one to be sure.

I have so many fond memories of spending time with your family throughout our childhood years. And I was very blessed to have been able to reconnect with “Uncle Henry” when my dad moved into the Waterford to be Henry’s neighbour. Your Dad was so kind and generous with Hector, as well as with the rest of residents. When he arrived in a room, everyone lit up. Henry added levity to every social event and encouraged anyone who was in need. It was a privilege to have know him and I know that he will be sorely missed. I extend my condolences to all of your family.
Nancy Poirier

Erica Zorzetto

Sending our deepest condolences and warm hugs to all of you. Henry was the most wonderful and caring man. Our children loved the dinasaur and treasure hunting at lake Isle. Sure missed seeing you. Erica and Richard

Peter & Duane Quily

Henry’s kindness & his use of “you can do it” encouraged so many (myself included) to do their best. Henry was a great friend & generous helper. I will miss our long distance phone calls where we kept up to date with each other.
God bless you & your family.

John Hrasko Jr

My Deepest sypathies to the Rakowski Family on the passing of your father. Henry was my Godfather as He and my father were the best of friends. The last time i saw henry he was hunting geese on one of our farms and it was nice to re-connect with him. Our condolences to the Rakowski family from the Hrasko Family

Gail Ditlof

I went to school with Henry at McKinley School in the county of Thorhild in the early 1940’s. He was always very friendly and so smart, it’s no wonder he became a teacher.

My deepest sympathy to your family for your loss. May the great memories of Henry comfort you forever. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Joyce Ditlof (Tchir)

Christie Defleming

My condolences and heartfelt sympathy to the entire Rakowski family on your loss.

Roger L Cyre

Remembering my time at Our Lady of Fatima, an excellent Teacher and Mentor.
Condolences to Family and Friends.

Barbara Kasha

My sympathies to the Rakowski Family,
I met Henry when my children attended Annunciation School where he was the Principal. He was a lovely soul who always made me feel welcome at the school. We loved the many snow shoeing field trips he set up as well as countless other special events. He is thought about often by other PAC members I’ve connected with over the years.
Barb and Larry Kasha and Family

Dave Loshack

Our condolences to the Radkowski family.
From Henry’s long time friends “The Old Farts”.

Paul McNulty

Dear Jeanette, I extend consolences to you, your siblings, and the extended Rakowski family on the loss of your dad. May he rest in peace.
Paul McNulty

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