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Remembering Lyman Henderson

June 24, 2012

The Canadian printing industry lost one of its most-storied leaders on June 22, as 92-year-old Lyman Henderson passed away at his Toronto residence after a brief illness.

Henderson is best known as one of the builders of Davis+Henderson Limited, a Toronto-based printing firm serving the financial market, where he served as President and Chairman, before retiring more than 25 years ago. Shortly after his retirement, the company named Henderson as its Honorary Chairman.

While he retired from running a printing company, Henderson was only just beginning to impact Canada’s printing and business communities. He continued to flourish as a professional writer, speaker, seminar leader and consultant. During his entire career, it is estimated that Henderson gave well over 1,500 speeches, wrote some 150 magazine articles, authored and published 13 books and booklets, conducted over 100 seminars and consulted with some 50 organizations.

He is author of The Ten Lost Commandments of Fund Raising, published in English and French (over 15 re-printings), as well as Sam, Sam, the Printer's Man, How to Make a Business Plan that Works, The Pricing Game, Prescription, Hands-On Marketing for the Printer, and six travel booklets. Up until his passing, Henderson continued to publish articles through his own blog, Bedtime Stories for Adults, which remains active for viewing. His last blog entry, entitled Me and My Computer, was written two days before his passing.

Henderson won numerous awards inside and outside of the printing industry, including the Education Leadership Award presented by the National Association of Printers and Lithographers (NAPL), which also inducted him into the organization’s prestigious Soderstrom Society. "Lyman has been a champion of the education interests of our industry for more than 50 years," said Gregg Van Wert, who presented Henderson with the NAPL Leadership Award.

He worked with the NAPL for 15 years, while also serving as past president of the Canadian Litho Club and the Canadian Printing Industries Association.

Henderson was named as a Member of the Order of Canada on May 4, 1995, for his contributions to both Canadian business and culture. Henderson and and his wife, Anne Buchanan, were avid volunteers of organizations like National Ballet of Canada, Ballet Jorgen, Arts & Letters Club, Council for Business & The Arts in Canada, McMichael Canadian Art Collection, as well as the Canadian Cancer Society. The Henderson’s accumulated over 350 works of art and visited some 42 countries during their 67-year marriage.

Henderson also served overseas in World War II, from 1942 to 1946, in the Royal Canadian Artillery as a Captain.

The family will receive friends at the Humphrey Funeral Home in Toronto from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, and from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 19th. A Service of Thanksgiving will be held in the Cornerstone Community Church in Kleinburg, where Henderson was an Elder Emeritus in, on July 20.

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