Archive for May, 2020

Remembering Henry Pauls

Posted on: May 19th, 2020 by Silver Lake Mennonite Camp

With heavy hearts, we share the sad news that Henry Pauls passed away over the long weekend, after a two year journey with cancer. Nancy, Joanna and Steffen were able to be by his side. Henry’s grandchildren were able to say their goodbyes.

Here is a link to Henry’s obituary… Erb & Good Obituary

Henry’s legacy at Silver Lake reaches so far and wide that we lovingly referred to Henry as “Silver Lake royalty.” Adirondack chairs are all around camp– a symbol of the peaceful moments that camp can bring. Over the years Henry built these chairs with campers and staff. He was a board member, staff and volunteer. Between 1994-2003 he was the Camp Administrator, overseeing construction of The Pines, staff cabins, volunteer cabins, the new kitchen and the Wash House renovation. He participated in most Friends of Silver Lake canoe trips or Adirondack Hiking Trips during that time. He was at Work Weekends occasionally from 1960-1994 and then hardly missed one until 2017. Last year Henry reminisced about traveling with fellow university students from Guelph to camp around 1961 and nailing cedar shakes on a round picnic shelter, sleeping in canvas Bell tents in a pasture field surrounded by cows and considering it a luxury to have meals in a mosquito free environment. Eventually, with kids from an Arts and Adventure Camp, and volunteer help, Henry designed and built a new GaGa ball court which is still very much in use today.

At the very first ever virtual Silver Lake campfire, less than 2 weeks ago, Henry and Nancy were there – see last photo in slideshow. So many were moved to tears to see Henry and Nancy stepping into this unknown world, the future for Silver Lake.

We miss Henry already- his unfailing kindness, gentleness and support- and are incredibly blessed to have known him.

** Click on the first photo to start the slideshow ***