Henry Sweatman, BSF’49

Henry Sweatman, and his mother on the day of his UBC convocation (May 12, 1949)

Henry died at home on Vancouver Island on March 5, 2012. He is predeceased by his wife and best friend, Frances, and survived by his son, Michael Sweatman (Esther) of Vancouver, and daughter, Elizabeth Pollock of Duncan. He also leaves six grandchildren: Robert and Jennifer Sweatman, Melanie Simmons, BSc’04 (Christopher, BSc’05), Heather, Beverly and Emily Pollock; one great-grandson, Colin Henry Simmons; and nieces, nephew and many cousins.

He was born in Campbell River, BC, on August 21, 1922, the son of Percy and Kate Sweatman. He received his primary and secondary education in Esquimalt, Salt Spring Island and Duncan. His university education was interrupted by WWII, during which he served as an officer in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve. After the war he returned to UBC and graduated with a BSc in forestry. In 1949 he married Frances (née Peel). He originally worked in the logging industry on the BC coast, then as a forest consultant. As such, he worked with private consulting firms as well as with bi-lateral and multi-lateral organizations. His work took him to Indonesia, Trinidad, East Africa, and Sudan, as well as Nigeria. They retired to his old family home in Maple Bay in 1987. Henry was a member of the Naval Officers Association of BC, the Registered Professional Foresters Association, the Maple Bay Yacht Club, and several stamp collecting clubs. Thanks to Cowichan Home Support and all those who helped make his last days more pleasant and allowed him to stay at home until the end.

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