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107 Pandora Avenue West    Location Map
  

Henry's Car Wash.
The entire wall is 16 ft. x 104 ft = 1,664 sq ft.


Location: E side Day bet. Pandora & Melrose; East Face

Occupant: Henry's Car Wash

District: Transcona

Neighbourhood: Melrose

Artist(s): Sarah Collard (Collard Creations)

Year: 2021

Sponsors: Transcona BIZ, Take Pride Winnipeg!, Dulux Paints, Herc Rentals

 

Sarah Collard: "Tom Ethans, the Executive Director of Take Pride Winnipeg approached me with the idea of painting a Mural while I was recovering from surgery. I was asked to go see Leila at Transcona BIZ and see about a Mural for Henry's Car Wash. I was delighted to find the entire area renovated, new gas pumps, a Petro Canada station, Henry's Car Wash with new bays plus a brand new Tim Horton's drive thru (Yippee)! The two owners of the property seemed nice and helpful. Leila, the new Executive Director at Transcona Business Improvement Zone helped me find the proper photos to use. I painted two watercolour designs throughout the summer as the Mural design was altered to perfection."

"Due to the size of the wall and time constraints, I decided to use a lift. This definitely made things easier for me - although at first it was perilous as I sank the lift in the gravel. The Herc Rentals lift demonstrator quickly pulled me out and got me on my way (phew). I had to purchase 4 x 8 sheets of plywood and have them cut in half and lay them close to the wall, over the gravel in order to operate the lift. By the time this Mural was a go, I was eager to get started so I started and did not stop (for much). In the beginning, I painted at night, priming and drawing out the shapes and slowly I started blocking in colours, painting straight through the weekends, furiously trying to get it done. As soon as I blocked in the basic colour of each shape, I went over the entire Mural again, slowly adding details to every section. I took my time on the details and went at my own pace. It was very evident every day which part I had completed. Each night I would post on Facebook (social media) and delete previous in-progress photos. This was enjoyable. I liked examining each photo to see where I went wrong and where I went right. Every morning I would grab a Timmies and be on my way. There was a construction crew paving Pandora Street while I was painting. Sometimes they were loud so I used ear protection. At other times, I wore a safety vest and steel toed boots. It was fun to dress like a construction worker and toss off my apparel as the day progressed. There was a tree that was in the way so I decided to paint around it (adding an apple tree, children and an extra car)."

"This summer has been a very ambitious summer for me because I have painted 3 Murals. Henry's Car Wash was the third mural I Painted in 2021. This has pleased me greatly since I was not sure how the operation would affect my eyesight. Gradually over 3 months, my body and mind have grown stronger and clearer. The part that saddens me is that my daughter Sonja and my son Manny are not with me. They have helped me in the past but are living out of province. It has been lonely without them. My dear father passed away in March leaving me breathless and emotional. This Mural has helped to brighten my days since I used colours that looked good against a grey background. The light, the pastels, the pink, yellow and green peruse my sight and calm my nerves. My father Terry Collard was a Ford man. He worked at Ford Motor Company in Oakville (COD) for well over 30 years and passed this legacy onto his 5 children. I made an art exhibition entitled "Vehicular Traffic" which displays 10 Ford Motor Vehicles through 100 years in Canada. This can be viewed and understood better on my website www.sarahcollard.ca. In this Mural, I was able to depict the famous Ford Mustang, Mustang GT (1967,1969) and the Ford Thunderbird which thrilled me. I think there are also a couple Chevrolet's in there somewhere (just to be fair to others). COVID-19 has not diminished my business. I am thriving."

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The following piece by Louise Hedman was published in Canstar News in Oct 5, 2018:

"The passing of a Transcona institution"

As time goes on it's inevitable that the old will fade away to make way for the new. When you live in a community for your entire life, you notice those things when they happen. Another long-time business in Transcona will soon be closing its big doors - but thankfully not forever. Henry's Car Wash has been a special place in our community, where people went to clean their vehicles, purchase fuel and groceries and, most importantly, stay connected. Whether we realized it or not, it was a social hub. Ed Enns, who purchased it as an opportunity for his son, was the original owner of the car wash. Henry Enns quit his job at Winnipeg Electric to purchase the business in 1965. At the time, it was an automatic car wash with a couple of self-serve bays. Over the years, it changed over to all self-serve bays and added propane and diesel fuel pumps. The business operated as a Gulf station until 1985, when Petro Canada acquired Gulf Canada Ltd.
Br> Henry, along with his wife Erna and their seven children, grew the business into one the residents of Transcona will fondly remember. This family arrangement allowed some of the children to work alongside their parents, as well as some local CN guys and many Transcona students who worked at the service station on a part-time basis.

The most important person in the operation was Henry. He was always there with a big smile on his face and was welcoming and friendly to everyone. He would visit with the patrons, admire their vehicles, ask how their days were and share a few laughs. He genuinely cared about his customers and always wanted them to feel good.

He loved when kids would come in and always had suckers waiting for them. Elderly Transcona residents and friends would drop by just to visit and often helped Henry out with his day-to-day duties. An example of Henry's caring demeanour is the story of a family whose vehicle broke down just before Christmas; Henry would not leave until the vehicle was repaired and he knew they could all get home for Christmas. The family was overwhelmingly grateful to him. Although the Enns family sold the service station over 16 years ago, the memories will remain for all of us who knew Henry and helped to support the business for over 60 years.

Now the building is scheduled to be demolished to make way for a new car wash, gas station and Tim Hortons restaurant. While Henry's Car Wash will be gone, it will not be forgotten. The new building will bring a fresh start to the location and allow future generations to make new memories. Thanks for brightening our days, Henry and family.

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Upon Henry's death, his obituary read:

- HENRY ENNS It is with great sadness that the family announces the peaceful passing of our beloved husband, father and grandfather on February 16, 2006 at the Bethania Personal Care Home. He is survived by his beloved wife Erna of 51 years and children, Brenda (David), Carol (Vern), David (Sheryl), Dennis (Laura), Charlene (Alain), Darlene, Lisa (Kevin); his 17 grandchildren; his brother Peter and wife Mildred; his brother-in-law Ron Cathcart; along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his father and mother, John and Helen Enns, his sister Madeline, also his brother and sister-in-law, Vic and Margaret. Dad was born on May 21, 1922 in Leonidowka, South Russia and immigrated to Canada with his family in 1924. He was raised in Meadows, MB, met his wife Erna in Winnipeg and married her in 1954. Dad served in the Canadian Military from 1942 to 1946, upon his return to Winnipeg, he was employed with Winnipeg Electric for 25 years of service and opened his own business in Transcona called Henry's Car Wash Ltd. Dad resided in the RM of Springfield, where his happiest moments were spending time with his clients at the car wash, family gatherings and puttering around his yard. Funeral service will take place on Tuesday, February 21 at Albright Church, 3400 De Vries Ave., at 10:30 a.m. with viewing prior to the service. Interment to following in Sunnyside Cemetery. The family would like to thank the staff at the Bethania Personal Care Home for their kindness and care-giving during this past year. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Henry's memory to Alzheimer Manitoba, 120 Donald St., Winnipeg, MB R3C 4G2. FRIENDS FUNERAL SERVICE 2146 Main Street

This website is extremely grateful to Sarah Collard for sharing her research on Henry Enns with us.