Statement from Ann Pappert on the passing of Richard Henry

Rick OGRA Award 002_cropped_CMYK“It is with great sadness that the City of Guelph acknowledges the sudden passing of Richard Henry, City Engineer, affectionately known as Rick.

On behalf of all City of Guelph employees, I extend my deepest condolences and sympathies to Rick’s family.

Rick was a respected colleague and friend, and he was also an exemplary public servant.

In his time at the City of Guelph Rick oversaw a number of major initiatives that helped to define the character of our downtown. In 2010 and 2011, Rick oversaw the largest infrastructure stimulus program Guelph has ever undertaken. The program involved 25 construction projects, most of which were completed in about a year in order to benefit from federal and provincial infrastructure funds. Those projects included construction of Guelph’s new downtown transit terminal, Guelph Central Station; Market Square; and the Guelph Civic Museum, to name only a few.

Outside of his work as City Engineer, Rick had a long history of volunteerism, and was active in helping future engineers develop and learn. Each year Rick would spend a week of his own free time teaching junior engineers a number of functions related to municipal engineering. He was a teacher, a mentor, and a respected leader.

In 2009 Rick was honoured by the Ontario Good Roads Association with the Elaine Robinson Volunteer of the Year Award, earning him a spot on the Ontario Public Works Association Board of Directors.

Rick joined the City of Guelph in March 2007 as City Engineer, and at the time of his passing served as City Engineer and General Manager of Engineering Services.

Rick’s service to our community will not be forgotten, nor will his dedication to public service. He will be profoundly missed.

The City flag will be lowered to half mast in honour of Rick, and as per City protocol.”