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Born December 20, 1931 in Los Angeles, passed away at home in Sacramento, January 29, 2014.
Henry succumbed to lung damage from years in smoke filled rooms and to the rigors of Parkinson's' Disease.
In spite of these insults he surely drew on his life long experiences of living with a progressive loss of vision until he was totally blind for the last ten years. Perhaps because of his many years of out maneuvering his blindness he continued to be as active and informed as possible.
As a young person he was active in school politics and sports (wrestling and gymnastics) on into his years at UCLA. After earning a degree in sociology he pursued the law at UCLA. From there he entered a career in the CA Dept. of Education in food service operations in state buildings around the state, but primarily in San Francisco and Sacramento. He loved the challenge of introducing new items to the menu. Among his most popular was the 9AM Pizza by the slice that drew new customers from all over downtown Sacramento.
Henry is survived by his wife, Carolyn and his oldest son Rey. His younger son Roberto (Ber) died unexpectedly in March 2001. Henry is also survived by his brother, Reynaldo and his wife, Josie and their children and their 13 grandchildren. Henry had the joy of getting around as he got older with the assistance of his Guide Dogs, Conrad, Ramiro and Belamy all bred and trained in San Rafael at Guide Dogs for the Blind.
A memorial gathering is being planned for Saturday, February 8, 1pm to 4pm. We hope you will come and share your memories of Henry on tape or in writing for the next generations. Call 916-424-5316 for the location.
Published in The Sacramento Bee on Feb. 6, 2014
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