ZELINKA, Henry - Peacefully, at his home, on Tuesday, January 11, 2022, Henry Bela Zelinka passed away, in his 96th year.
Predeceased by Nancy (Lenke Szekely), his beloved wife of 58 years and brothers Bernard and Joseph.
Loving father of Richard (Marianne), Gary (Janice), Mark (Michele), Patti Lewis (Tom) and Margaret; fun grandfather of Andrea (Dave), Deanna, Jessica, Jonah (Ginny), Emily, Sonia (Noah), Julia, Emma, Thomas and Jordan, Ben and Tim; and eight great-grandchildren.
Loved and missed by sister-in-law, Mary and by many nieces and nephews.
Born in Toronto, the youngest son of Hungarian immigrants, Joseph and Bertha Zelinka, family was always most important to Henry.
He was a hard worker, but a fun-loving man.
A kind, generous and gentle man who loved people, Henry was always welcoming, loved to make people happy, loved to dance, and was usually the life of the party.
Henry was a dairyman who knew every aspect of the dairy business.
With his brother, Joe, he owned and operated Sunny Farms Dairy, a small Toronto dairy started by their father; then, after its sale, he worked for Findlay's Dairy, Silverwood's Dairy and Ault Foods, excelling in customer relations, as dairies changed from small, local producers to large international corporations.
Before retiring, he and Nancy moved to RR#2, Tottenham, where they embraced a rural lifestyle, started a hobby farm and found much joy in the beauty of nature and the animals they cared for.
Their home became a gathering place, creating happy memories for family, friends and neighbours.
Being with Henry always left a smile on your face.