Bertrand A. Henry
24 avril 2018

Mr. Bertrand Aquinas Henry

A life dedicated to the theatre arts

Born in Tobago and raised in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, Bertrand A. Henry earned his BFA and MA in theatre from Boston University in 1965 and 1966 respectively. In 1967, he was hired as producer by the Trinidad and Tobago government to oversee the shows for its national pavilion at Expo 67.

In 1969, he applied to teach at the recently opened Dawson College where he co-founded the professional theatre program. This sparked the beginning of a lifelong passion for theatre and teaching and he ran the department for 25 years.

In 1974, Bertrand secured the Vendôme Theatre on Notre Dame St. for the students to use as a performance space. Over the years it became known simply as “The Dome” and became the location of all of the program’s productions until 2007.

English theatre critics have hailed him as “one of the hottest directors in town,” but Bertrand’s teaching and directorial talents have also taken him overseas. In 1977, he and a troupe of actors from across Canada took part in the Second World Festival of Black and African Arts and Culture in Nigeria, where they presented David Edgecombe’s Strong Currents.

In January 2010, he received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award for his “exceptional contributions to the arts, professional theatre, and English theatre” in Montreal at Black Theatre Workshop’s Annual Vision Celebration Gala. Winning this award put him in the company of greats such as Oscar Peterson, Ranee Lee, and Charlie Biddle.

He is survived by his four daughters Dawne (Dave), Michelle, Gabrielle (Alain) and Renée, five grandchildren Timothy, Keagan, Isabelle, Katharine and Nathan, and his great-granddaughter Zaydie. His wife of 56 years, Norva (nee Rambert), passed away in 2016.

Bertrand will be remembered for his dedication to the theatre arts as well as the immense pride he took in his work.

Burial services will be private.

Arr. entrusted to Voluntas ( | 514-695-7979).

10 commentaires

  1. Sylvie Moreau from CIBC

    26 avril 2018 à 9:58 am

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during these sad and difficult moments. I wish my condolences . Courage Michelle God Bless xxx

  2. Julie Sanscartier

    26 avril 2018 à 10:05 am

    I wish my condolences, courage and peace Michelle God Bless xx

  3. Annie Bonenfant

    26 avril 2018 à 10:13 am

    Michelle, my heart goes out to you and your family during this difficult time.
    I have never met your father, but by reading this today, I wish I had this opportunity.
    May you find strength in the love of family and in the warm embrace of friends. ♥

  4. Sandra Prevost from CIBC

    26 avril 2018 à 10:14 am

    Please accept my deepest condolences for your family’s loss. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

  5. Luisa Izzi from CIBC

    26 avril 2018 à 10:26 am

    Michelle, my deepest condolences to you and your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  6. Rose-anne

    26 avril 2018 à 11:07 am

    Michelle, my condolences to you and your family.

  7. Hélène Vizien

    26 avril 2018 à 1:53 pm

    Michelle, it is with sadness that I learned of your father’s death. I think of you and your family and offer you my deepest condolences.

  8. Pat Sgrignuoli from CIBC

    26 avril 2018 à 2:01 pm

    Michelle, my condolences to you and your family during this sad and difficult time.

  9. Sylvie Trottier

    26 avril 2018 à 3:15 pm

    MIchelle, je te souhaites mes condoléances à toi et toute ta famille.

  10. Evelyn Harper

    30 avril 2018 à 7:24 am

    My thoughts and prayers to you and your family on this saddest occasion. Take care of your self.


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