Melfort remembers former Mayor Dub Henderson

By Charlene Tebbutt
April 18, 2018 - 2:00pm

A long-time community volunteer and former mayor of Melfort recently passed away at the age of 90.

Delmond ‘Dub’ Henderson passed away April 12 in Medicine Hat. His funeral was set for Friday.

Henderson grew up in the Gull Lake area and had a long career as a teacher and superintendent in several communities around Saskatchewan. Henderson was an avid ball player and was inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001 for his work as a player, coach, umpire, and organizer. He served on the board of the Baseball Hall of Fame from 2005 to 2006.

Henderson also served the community of Melfort, and was elected as a councillor in 1988. He became Mayor in 1997, serving until 2003.

Those who worked with him in Melfort are remembering Henderson fondly this week.

“Dub was always an individual that brought people together,” Brent Lutz, the City’s economic development officer told northeastNOW. Lutz, a former city councillor in Melfort, worked closely with Henderson during his time as Mayor.

"He was always looking for a way to get people to agree and compromise," Lutz said. "If there’s one thing that I remember most of him is he was always looking for an opportunity to find a compromise and to bring parties together."

Doug Terry, a current member of Melfort city council and a former mayor, said Henderson was a good leader and a quiet, unassuming man with a good sense of humour.

“Dub was a pleasure because he always kept it light, but he kept it serious and always had his eye on the ball,” Terry said. “Dub was not only passionate but very dedicated and a real people person.”

Henderson is survived by his wife Gwen, along with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

 

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