Community mourns loss of longtime firefighter

MINTO – Minto Fire has joined the community in mourning the loss of a longtime local firefighter.

“Yesterday we lost one of our best, Captain Pete Henderson,” fire department officials stated in a March 18 social media post.

“A strong but gentle leader, Pete was a tremendous presence over his 35 years.

“A great loss to all who knew him and someone we will miss deeply; may his soul rest in peace.”

Due to current circumstances, there will be a private family service at Heritage Funeral Home, Palmerston Chapel, followed by spring interment in Palmerston Cemetery.

A public celebration of Pete’s life will take place at a later date and will be announced at that time.

As expressions of sympathy donations to the Palmerston Fire Department Association or the Palmerston Hospital Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

Henderson, who died on March 17, is survived by his wife Ann Henderson (Freiburger); his children, Julie Oxby of Kitchener, Stephen and Amanda Henderson of Palmerston; his grandchildren, Alexys, Chloe (Alex), Hudson and Hunter; his siblings, Jane, Dan McLean of Moosejaw, Alex Henderson of Bluevale and Linda Brandon (Gary Caldwell) of Blyth; and his siblings-in-law, Thelma Wickens of Wingham, Dorothy Gueguen of St Agatha, George Freiburger of Wingham, John, Heather Freiburger of Wingham, Gerry and Marilyn Freiburger of Wingham. He is also survived by his many nieces, nephews and friends.