Jackson C. "Jack" Henry, 93, of Downingtown, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. |
Born in Downingtown on William Street on Sept. 15, 1919, he was the son of the late May Peirce Henry and Walter Henry, and brother to Walter "Ducky," Esther, Joseph, Paul "Pete" David, Ruth Jamison and LaVerne Alderman.
Jack led a full and active life.
While attending Downingtown High School, he was inspired by his art teacher, Ms. Mahan. This began a lifelong love of art, starting with his own sign business as a teenager, led through a long career in design, and continued through retirement with years spent painting, drawing and tinkering.
He served in World War II as sergeant in the U.S. Army at Camp Lee, Va., for 4½ years.
He then studied design at Philadelphia Textile.
He worked as a designer at Ketterlinus Litho Co. in Philadelphia. He joined Leon L. Berkowitz in 1950 as display designer/art director where he created point-of-purchase displays for national brand accounts and later worked in sales. After retirement in 1982, he founded Graphex Inc., Holgarden and JH Specialties Inc.
He was committed to serving in the community and was an active member of Historical Society of Downingtown, the Optimist Club where he served a term as president, the Rotary Club, St. James Vestry, Planning Commission in Downingtown, 22nd-degree Mason, Moose and Elks clubs, and American Legion.
He was happily married to Mary Louise Spotten for 32 years before her death in 1982 from cancer. They had five children, Mimi Louise Sack, married to James A. Sack, Robert Charles (who died at two days old), Lisa Lee Ann, married to Joseph A. Lacek III, Sharon Marie, married to James Segner, and John Joseph, married to Christina Zilner Henry. He was blessed with six grandchildren, Melissa Anne Di Giovanna, married to Gunther DiGiovanna, Daniel A. Sack, John Andrew Henry, David Wilson, Amanda Henry, and Nicholas Wilson; and one great-grandchild, Aurelio Anthony Di Giovanna. He was a companion for 28 years to Betty Holmes.
He lived in Florida for 18 years and besides creating art, enjoyed fishing, dancing, biking, traveling and spending time with his friends.
A viewing will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, at James Terry Funeral Home, 736 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown.
A service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, at St. James Church, 409 E. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown.
A celebration luncheon will follow; family and friends are welcome.
Interment will be private.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donation to Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester or the
To send online condolences, visit www.jamesterryfuneralhome.com.
Published in Daily Local News on Nov. 5, 2012