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M. Henry McAleer

M. Henry McAleer

1933 – 2021

 

Passed away at home after a courageous battle with cancer.  Son of Bernard McAleer and Ellen Reiber, the 5th of 9 children, all of whom predeceased him.

He leaves to mourn Murielle, mother of their two daughters Linda (Joseph), Carol (Allen), his four grandchildren, Jeffrey, Robert, Jamie, and Kathy (Bronson), and his great-grandchildren who gave him great joy, Case, Jake, Rai-Lynn, and Isabelle.

He will be missed by his close brother-in-law Norman (Norma), his sister-in-law Janine (Claude), his close friend and business partner Chantal, as well as many nieces and nephews, golf buddies, and other friends and employees with whom he left a lasting impression.

Born in Montreal into a working-class family.  Henry was a great storyteller recounting his early childhood days, when the family lived on a farm, then escaping back to the city to adventures as a merchant marine sailor.  Married in 1953 he began working at the Northern Electric and moonlighted as a taxi driver to earn more money.  Finally, in 1958 an opportunity arose to operate a Dairy Queen store, and soon after he was in the business for himself, and he remained until 2020.   He was proud of his 62-plus years in the business, made close friends along the way and won many Golden Cone awards for excellence among Quebec stores.

Henry enjoyed nature and being outdoors; hunting, fishing, a passion for golf and vacationing with friends and family, and of course a little wager on a game of cards, especially Blackjack or Crazy Eights.

Cheers to a full life lived on your own terms.  You will be in our hearts forever.

We would like to extend our appreciation to the Lakeshore hospital palliative doctors, the wonderful Pierrefonds CLSC team & the Nova nurses for their caring support.

 

 

 

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34 Commentaires

  • Judi Nicholson Posted

    You will be missed Henry at the family get togethers. Bob and I always loved being with you. Visiting the DQ with our grandchildren when they were in town was always a treat for them. RIP

  • Eloise & Peter Posted

    So sorry to hear this , May he Rest In Peace , I never had the chance to meet your Dad , but heard of him a lot through Judi and Bob , our sincere condoléances to the family

  • Garry Wylie Posted

    My sympathy to all the family

  • Your Kimy Posted

    MY SIR!! You were like a father to me… All the summers we spent laughing, crying, yelling, my singing and the “office cigarette breaks” are unforgettable. The GOODS and BADS you taught me, and of course the stories you used to tell me. You loved the coffee I made you in the morning when I open (1sweetener & 2 creams). I’M GOING TO MISS YOU.
    Rest peacefully . You will always be my SIR…xoxo

  • Tanya Marie Dubé Posted

    I knew him as Uncle Henry. I was a foster child in his brother, Gerald’s (and Ivy’s), home my entire childhood. I used to go with Uncle Henry to the Dairy Queen every summer and work behind the counter from 5-9 years old, until I eventually left the foster home. I knew him from the age of 2 and was lucky to have had his love and spent that amazing time with him as a child. He loved me a lot and I loved him, too, so much. He would also pay me in buckets of ice cream and toppings haha. I’m so so sorry to hear about his passing. This has sent a sadness through me and I wish I could have talked to him one last time. I’m sending all my love to his family. This man made a huge difference in my life and I will always remember him so fondly. xoxo Love always, Tanya

  • Diane Cronk Posted

    Sending you all our deepest sympathies..I see he had a zest for life and sure u will all miss..may he Rest In Peace. Dairy Queen a favourite of mine.
    Diane & Geoff

  • Tanya Marie Dubé Posted

    I knew him as Uncle Henry. I was a foster child in his brother, Gerald’s (and Ivy’s), home my entire childhood. I used to go with Uncle Henry to the Dairy Queen every summer and work behind the counter from 5-9 years old, until I eventually left the foster home. I knew him from the age of 2 and was lucky to have had his love and spent that amazing time with him as a child. He loved me a lot and I loved him, too, so much. He would also pay me in buckets of ice cream and toppings. My literal dream haha. I’m so so sorry to hear about his passing. This has sent a sadness through me and I wish I could have talked to him one last time. I’m sending all my love to his family. This man made a huge difference in my life and I will always remember him so fondly. xoxo Love always, Tanya

  • Tanya D’Amico Posted

    I am so sorry to hear of Mr.Mac’s passing. I worked for him and Chantal for many years and they definitely instilled a confidence in that 15yr old girl that has carried forward well into my thirties. He made us laugh and always had a good story. I always remember when he kicked a family out of the store because “ their kids were f$&@ing crazy”. Today I would probably be that family but it still makes me smile to this day. I hope you find comfort in your memories of which I am sure there are many. My sincere condolences.

  • Hazel Posted

    Our condolences to all the family

  • YING CUI & LIANG ZHAO Posted

    In the summer of 2020, I took my eldest son Karl to visit your DQ store for the first time, and I am honored to have a pleasant conversation with you. We will continue your passionate career earnestly. I really hope we could get to know a few years earlier… We will miss you, Mr.Henry McAleer.

  • Donna Maguire Posted

    I actually never met Henry, but feel like I’ve known him through the eyes of Norm and my Mom, Norma. I know they will miss him greatly and he was an important part of their lives. Words are difficult at times like these, so know that while we mourn your loss here on earth there is likely a huge celebration taking place on the other side.

  • Helene Grosjean Posted

    My deepest sympathies. Mr. Mac, as we all called him at Dairy Queen, was more than just a boss to us. Although never shy to tell someone exactly what was on his mind he was always wiling to go the extra mile to show you something new or help you out with anything. He had a great sense of humor and always kept us laughing. I don’t know how many times I heard him say “You can call me anything you want but please don’t call me late for dinner” over the years. His legacy will certainly live on through all the lives he touched throughout the years and he will be greatly missed by many.

  • Nancy Tyo Posted

    My sympathy to all the family. We have met Henry at a couple of the family Thanksgiving gatherings at the farm. Very nice gentleman great storyteller.

  • Cyril Grosjean Posted

    I feel so fortunate to have met Mr. MAC as a young man and to have worked for him for several of my formative years. Like so many of the DQers out there, we carried on with friendship years after moving on. My condolences to his family, friends and partners.

  • Brenda Leboeuf Posted

    My sincere sympathies to the entire family. I never met Henry but heard about him through my sister Norma and brother in law Norm. May he be at peace. May all the family find peace. Blessings to you all.

  • Marisa Alves Posted

    Working for Mr Mac became a big part of my life and I don’t think I’ll ever have bosses like he and Chantal ever again. Bosses I could laugh, gamble and eat out with. I learned so many things from him, like that you should never hit on 16, no matter what anybody else tells you, that anything can be fixed if you’re creative enough and have gorilla glue or velcro handy, and that sundaes are always better with a ton of hot fudge and raspberries. I’ll miss our dinners out together, the hilarious stories he would tell or even just simply sitting around having coffee when we would open or close the store for the season. He’ll forever be in our hearts and memories and my greatest sympathies to his family.

  • Shirley McAleer(Carty) Posted

    My heartfelt condolences go out to you. May his soul rest in
    Peace….

  • Melanie Green Posted

    To my kids, Mr. Mac is the man who invented the blizzard, and who drove the coolest cars. To me, he was a friend, a role model, and a positive influence during my 15 years spent working at the Dairy Queen. My favourite memories of him include many dinners and laughs at St-Hubert, him TRYING to improve my golf swing, having him join my family for holiday dinners, him blasting Kid Rock’s “All Summer Long” in the store and stating “THE MAC IS BACK” , and most of all, being his assistant during his many hours spent repairing things – fetching duct tape, crazy glue, velcro, his giant bucket of mismatched nuts & bolts, or holding the ladder as he fearlessly balanced on the very top step. I will miss him, but I know that whenever I’m on a golf course, walking in the woods, or playing cards, he will be there. Sending my deepest condolences to all of his loved ones.

    • Didier Chen Posted

      I knew Mr McAleer as Mr Mac and worked under him at DQ with his business partner Chantal. He always brought a smile to the store and brought a special joy to team. I remember I was asked to help him setup new wall decors up on the DQ store in DDO. It was a hot summer day, but full of laughter.
      May he Rest In Peace. Prayers to his loved ones.
      Farewell Mr Mac, you were the true Dairy King.

  • Daniel Boucher Posted

    Rest In Peace Hank.
    Was an honour to be friend with you .
    Will always remember those years that we played
    Golf together..
    Thank you for your friendship.

  • Chantal Cadieux Posted

    my sincere sympathies to all loved by Mr. Macleer. he was a remarkable and distinguished man.
    and my favorite blackjack player
    Chantal Black Jack ‘s dealer

  • David McAleer Posted

    On behalf of the McAleer family (son of Bernard) we offer our sincere condolences on the passing of your father.
    I enjoyed many rounds of golf with Henry, and he was
    always proud to be able to score his age.
    Knowing Henry from an early age, he was always quick with a smile, and ready to regale you with a story.
    He will be missed by all.

    David McAleer and Family

  • Mario DiBattista Posted

    R.I.P. Henry. My sincerest condolences to Henry’s family. I enjoyed playing golf with Henry, and I can honestly say he will be missed.

  • Rick Brunet Posted

    My sincere sympathies to all his family.

  • DONALD LAPLANTE Posted

    My deepest condolences to Linda and family. I met Hank late in life and was always impressed by his quick wit and of course those great stories. Fond memories of playing golf with him and Joe on many a nice summer afternoon. He will be missed.

  • Doug Astop Posted

    To Linda , Carol , Chantal , Norman , and all of Henry’s family.
    What can I say about Henry , he was a big part of my life for over 45 years . He was my DQ Dad ,and oh so special in my life . We always had great times together , at DQ meetings , going out for dinners , he even took me hunting , a city boy . He taught me how to do so many things , he showed me and his son in-law Joey how to shoot a rifle . And stories , oh !! the stories of when he was in the merchant marines .,and how he started his life in DQ . He should of wrote a book , cause it would of been no 1 seller . But we always had one thing , that whenever he needed me or I needed him , we would drop everything to be there for each other , no matter when . As I’m reflecting of the times we had together , I’m tearing up . All I can say is when I talk about
    Henry , a big smile comes on my face , and those memories will be in my heart forever .
    Rest In Peace Henry
    Love
    Doug

  • Angelina Slight Posted

    I would like to send my deepest condolences to the McAleer family. Henry also known as mr Mac by me and my fellow Dairy Queen workers has known me since birth. He was always so sweet and made me the best ice cream cones. Mr Mac went from my moms boss to eventually becoming my boss. I will always remember the advice he gave me during my years working there and knowing him. He always came in a good mood and we would talk about his day at golfing while I would eat his leftovers from the golf course restaurant. He gave me weekly advice on how to get my scooter (which was always broken down in front of the store) to start up again. I will remember him forever and will miss his presence in my life.

  • Leo Hadorn et Marie-Chantal Théoret Posted

    Sincères sympathies à toute la famille. Nous sommes de tout coeur avec vous.

  • Jade Parent Posted

    I would like to offer my deepest condolences to his family, friends and fellow employees. I have worked for Mr. Mac for 10 years and I can say he was a good boss as well as a good man. He was always happy to come to the store every day and eat his baby cone or sundae and whenever there was something to fix, I would often ask him to fix it for me instead of doing it myself because I knew he took pleasure in fixing stuff and it made him proud.
    I remember that time when a couple of employees went out and there was a poweroutage at the store and on out est back from the bar we stopped by the store and spent most of the night trying To help Mr. Mac fix the generator. That’s how commited to his work he was and I admired him for it.
    I will always remember going out for dinner at that seafood place in Sainte-Anne, or our fieldtrips to the casino or simply hanging out at the store during the winter months.
    I will miss him. May he rest in peace.

  • Wayne and Carmen Choptain Posted

    Using aviation jargon, Henry has “flown west” or flown his last flight. We wish him God’s speed. I surely wanted another game of golf as Henry’s partner. I truly enjoyed playing golf with him. Our sympathies to his daughter Linda and all the rest of his family. RIP.

  • Wayne Choptain Posted

    Deepest sympathies to Linda and all other family members. May Henry Rest in Peace.
    Wayne and Carmen Choptain

  • Manuela Gagné Posted

    I am sorry that we lost you so quickly and that i did not have the chance to say goodbye, it was an honor to work with you thu all the years. You were a wonderful and and great person truthful, sincere and direct not shy to say what’s on your mind, and appreciated that about you. have a good trip Mr. Mac, i have no doubt that you are in heaven. we miss you. Manu

  • Lynda Cairnduff Posted

    I feel like a little girl again that just lost her dad because that s who Mr. McAleer was to me during my grade and high school years. He accepted me into the McAleer household and treated me as his own and he sure didn t let me or Carol pull the wool over his eyes. One school lunch hour we hid our cigarettes in the mailbox and who decides to come home on that day also. You guessed it. He walks into the kitchen with a very stern look in his eyes and asks who do they belong to. Well Mr McAleer if they were in the mailbox then the mailman must of accidently dropped them there. He calls my mom and tells her to ground me for two weeks as he did with Carol. I guess we didn t fool him. Mr.McAleer made alot of people feel special, I see. After this episode (amongst many) I was still invited to go with the family to their vacation spot in Lake George and that s when I knew , I was special too. Thank you Mr. McAleer. I wish to express my deepest sympathy to Carol and family.

  • Lynda Cairnduff Posted

    I feel like a little girl again that just lost her dad because that s who Mr. McAleer was to me during my grade and high school years. He accepted me into the McAleer household and treated me as his own and he sure didn t let me or Carol pull the wool over his eyes. One school lunch hour we hid our cigarettes in the mailbox and who decides to come home on that day also. You guessed it. He walks into the kitchen with a very stern look in his eyes and asks who do they belong to. Well Mr McAleer if they were in the mailbox then the mailman must of accidently dropped them there. He calls my mom and tells her to ground me for two weeks as he did with Carol. I guess we didn t fool him. Mr.McAleer made alot of people feel special, I see. After this episode (amongst many) I was still invited to go with the family to their vacation spot in Lake George and that s when I knew , I was special too. Thank you Mr. McAleer. I wish to express my deepest sympathy to Carol and family.

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