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Monday February 25, 2013

CLU, KSG: Passed peacefully away at home, on Thursday, February 21, 2013, after a long and productive life, Alec G. Henley, in his 91st year. Leaving to mourn their loss and celebrate his life are his beloved wife, Catherine (Tobin) and his 4 children Janet, Brian, John (Victoria Crosbie) and Chris (Sheilagh House). Also left with wonderful memories of their devoted ''Wishes'', are his 11 grandchildren: Kate Andrews Hoult (Ryan), Peter Andrews, Laura Henley, Andrea Henley, Marc Henley, Simon Andrews, Alec Henley, Sarah Henley, Anna Henley, Abbey Henley and Jay Henley and his one great grandchild, Benjamin Hoult. Alec is also survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
Alec is predeceased by his parents, John J. and Catherine (Brennan) Henley and his 12 siblings, Sister Mary Aloysius Gonzaga, RSM, Charles (Rita Hynes), John, James, Leo, Thomas, Isabel Downey (Peter), Francis (Clare Noseworthy), Edward (Margaret Conroy), Patrick (Mary Battcock), Catherine Harris (Richard) and Mary and his daughter-in-law Susan J. Wright.
Alec was born on September 30, 1922 in St. John's and educated at St. Bonaventure's College. In 1944 he started his own insurance and employee benefits consulting business in which he was actively involved until age 89. He had many business interests and was a pioneer in the cable television business having been the founding Chairman & CEO of Avalon Cablevision Ltd and was a former director of the Canadian Cable Television Association.
Alec actively contributed to his community and his Church throughout his life. He was a founding member of the Progressive Conservative Party of Newfoundland and Labrador in 1948, with which he was active for decades. He was elected to St. John's City Council in 1955, at age 32, and served two terms. Among his many community activities he was a founding member of the Society for the Care of Crippled Children and served as a member and as Chairman of the Board of the St. John's Children's Rehabilitation Centre until it closed, chaired the Royal Commission on Regional Government for the St. John's Urban Region, was General Chairman for the 1972 Men's Brier Curling Championships, Vice Chairman of the 1977 Canada Summer Games Committee and made numerous contributions to his church having served as Chairman of the St. John's Roman Catholic School Board and chaired the Committee responsible for the 1984 visit of Pope John Paul II. In 1985, in recognition of his contribution to the church he was honoured by Pope John Paul II and appointed a Knight of the Order of St Gregory (KSG).
Alec was active in the Royal St. John's Regatta Committee for over 65 years, first as an oarsman and then as a coxswain. He became a member of the Regatta Committee in 1944, at age 22, a position he held until his death as an Honourary Lifetime Member. He was inducted into the Royal St. John's Regatta Hall of Fame in 1997.
Alec was, however, first and foremost a devoted family man and a devout Roman Catholic. Married for 64 years, his wife Catherine was his greatest love. His greatest joys in life were his children and his grandchildren, of whom he was very proud. He could be demanding of himself and of those around him but he also loved ''a bit of fun''. He lived life to the fullest whether at home, at work or in the community. He lived his faith, day in and day out. He was generous to those in need both at home and abroad without fanfare. His life is a testament to his belief that ''from those who have much, much is expected.''
Flowers are gratefully accepted or please make a donation in his memory to the St. Bonaventure's College Bursary Fund. To send a message of condolence or to sign the memorial guest book, please visit

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