Gravelle, Henri Omer (Hank)

Born in Fraser Mills to Albert and Amanda Gravelle, Hank passed away September 12, 2012 at Nanaimo Seniors Village. He attended St. Anne’s Convent New Westminster in his early years. After graduation he proceeded to UBC where he obtained a BA degree. Later he arrived in Nanaimo and found employment at Harmac. Some years later he attended UVic to complete his professional teacher’s degree, and then launched a teaching career in Nanaimo where he taught high school French and English. A passion for languages led Hank to SFU, where he earned a Master’s degree in linguistics. Hank was a prolific reader and was known for his analytical mind, sharp wit and great knowledge of history. His humble gentle spirit will always be remembered.

Hank enjoyed opera, classical music, jazz, traveling in Mexico and hiking in the great outdoors. He is a founding life member of the Nanaimo Theatre Group and a fourth degree Knight at Trinity Catholic Church. He is survived by his devoted wife Marie; daughter, Mia (Anthony) and Gianni Prenol; son, Andre (Anna) and Aiden and Jacob Gravelle; sisters, Eileen and Jeanne; brother Paul, and numerous wonderful in-laws and extended family members.

We wish to thank the many caring staff at Nanaimo Seniors Village.

A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, September 22nd at 11:00am at Trinity Catholic Church, 6234 Spartan Rd. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

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