Listuguj Chief of Police Henry “Hank” Vicaire was rushed to the Campbellton Regional Hospital on Friday the 13th under emergency circumstances, but was unable to recover. He passed away several hours later. He was 50.
On May 18, at around 10.30 a.m.. various delegations of Police, SQ, RCMP, Firemen, Ambulance technicians from around Listuguj, and a representatives of Henry’s Bike Club, gathered in front of his house. A solemn march to St. Anne’s church followed, where political banners were covered and painted with the number 21, in respect to the badge of the Chief of Police.
The Church was packed and the mass started with the Spirit Bear singers chanting the Mi’gmaq Honor song. Native and non-natives families and friends of Henry “Hank” Vicaire gathered to pay respect to a person that the eulogies described as a humorous, sensitive, respectful and a talented human being.
Henry Vicaire was born in Campbellton, N.B. in 1965. He attended the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC) where he earned his policing certification in 1994. He served as a Listuguj K-9 officer from 2002 to 2010 with detector dogs Echo and then Bonzai. He became Listuguj Chief of Police in 2012.
Chief of Police Vicaire had a varied background before becoming Chief of Police. He was a woodsman, a carpenter and an ironworker. Listuguj members know that Chief of Police Vicaire was a motorcycle enthusiast and loved to ride his Harley Davidson.
Henry was the son of Maggie Isaac and Henry Vicaire Sr., and a proud member of Listuguj First Nation. He leaves behind his wife Samantha and four children between the ages of 12 and 28.