I served as an altar boy with Father Henke for about 6 years from 1980-86 (?) when St Peter's church was a pop-up in the St Sylvester school gymnasium, then in a portable, before becoming the church he opened. He was such a good-natured, gentle man with great humour and wit. He was always generous with his time, patiently offering his guidance and encouraging all of us to be better people. The only thing I won't miss was the little elbow pinch funny-bone trick he played on us all the time! I fell for the joke every time. haha Father Henke will long be remembered as a wonderful human being. Blessings.
Fr. Henke was the priest at St. Peter's when I was in elementary school at St. Sylvester. I still remember my first Holy Communion 30 years later and Father's kindness and smile. He will forever be in my heart! RIP Father Henke. The children of heaven are lucky to have you there. My sincere condolences to family, friends and the Catholic community.
Rest in peace Fr. Stan, our resident at Providence Care Centre. Condolence to the family.
I have fond memories of Father Henke and our little visits at the bistro at the providence care Center. My Dad always brought him a little treat, usually a chocolate peppermint patty that he quite enjoyed. He always had a wonderful sense of humour and sometimes a little joke to tell and his smile was infectious, he was just the sweetest man. I was sad to hear this news but happy for him he is at peace now. I send my condolences to the family, he will be greatly missed. Bryan Scott and Elisse (daughter)
Father Stan is certainly happy with a simple send-off, however, the rest of us are very sad and disappointed that we can't gather to celebrate and share our stories, our love for him, and our profound grief at the departure of this faithful servant priest from our world.
He was our parish priest at St. Anthony's and often came to dinner with the Toole family as we were growing up. While serving at St. Peter's years later, he brought strength, comfort, and guidance during a time of crisis for which our whole family will all be forever grateful. At Holy Name, long after retirement, he con-celebrated at the wedding of the first Toole grand-child . During these past 4 years he has been a light and a comforting presence at Providence Care Centre, welcoming one and all from his table at the Bistro, and assisting Mass with the community and his fellow priests in residence. Our Providence community will never be the same without him. He will especially be remembered and missed as we open Our Lady of Providence Chapel later this year.
He was a huge help to priests coming into the diocese from India, the Philipines, and other parts of the world, and he holds a very special place in many of their hearts. I am sure it pains all our diocesan priests that they are not able to celebrate his funeral liturgy with his dear family and the community who love him so deeply.
Hopefully, when all this is past, we can come together for a memorial Mass to celebrate and give thanks for our dear Father Stan. Ihave sure and certain hope that there is great rejoicing in heaven as he greets so many of his brother priests, especially dear Fr. Dennis, and his many friends and family who have gone before. Rest in Peace Good and Faithful Servant of God!
Our deepest condolences to all his family and friends.