HADLEY - Henry J. Fil, 97, of 368 River Drive, Hadley, passed away peacefully Sunday, June 30, 2013, at Linda Manor in Leeds.
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Henry was born Nov. 27, 1915, in Hadley, the son of the late John and Agnes (Jandzinski) Fil.
He was raised and educated in Hadley, attending local schools. Henry grew up on the family farm, learning the ways of the land from his parents. He spent his entire life farming, raising tobacco, potatoes, onions, cabbage and strawberries. Henry took great pride in the land he worked all his life.
He was a longtime employee with B & M Construction in Hadley and retired after 25 years of service.
He had a wonderful sense of humor and an unbelievable memory. He kept family and friends entertained with his many stories and his wealth of knowledge.
In the early 70's, he and his wife Kate vacationed in Nantucket. During these trips he took on a love of basket making by watching a Cape Cod native ply his trade. In his retirement, Henry's family had the honor of receiving many beautiful hand woven Nantucket lightship baskets lovingly made by him. Henry was a devoted communicant of Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley.
His wife Katherine (Adamski) Fil passed away in 1987.
He leaves his children Henry Fil and his wife Linda and Donald Fil and his wife Barbara both of Hadley, Kathy Piotrowksi and her husband Michael of Turners Falls, and Barbara Bednarz and her husband Stanley of North Hampton, N.H.; his sister Elizabeth Russell of Hadley; eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Henry was predeceased by several siblings Julian, John, Jr., Florence Prosciak, Mary Fil and Irene Lesko.
The family would like to extend their deep appreciation and many thanks to the staff at Linda Manor for the care and compassion they showed Henry during his stay.
Calling hours will be held Wednesday from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Czelusniak Funeral Home of Northampton followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley. Burial will follow in Holy Rosary Cemetery.
Donations in Henry's memory may be made to the Residents Activity Fund, c/o Linda Manor, Haydenville Road, Leeds, MA or the Holy Rosary cemetery Fund, 120 Russell St., Hadley, MA 01035.
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Czelusniak Funeral Home
173 North Street
Northampton, MA 01060
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on July 2, 2013