Surrounded by his family all his life and into his death, Henry passed away Thursday, September 20. He is now reunited with his beautiful wife Kathleen, whom he missed every single day since her death nine years ago.
He is survived by his devoted children, Michael (Margaret), Brian (Paula), Anne (Neal), Steve (Patty), Kathie (Dave), and David (Jane) and his cherished grandchildren, Matt, Bernie, Dewey, Steve, Emily, Maddie, Pat (Megan), Joey, Dave (Danya), Chrissy, Julia, Megan, Pat and Sarah Rabbitt, Danny (Katherine) and Brian Blake and Kelly, Katie, Michelle and Connor Harvard. Also survived by his great grandchildren, Devin, Taylor, Andrew, Jimmy and Giancarlo Rabbitt and last but not least Mickey - the last of his devoted dogs.
Henry was the youngest of six children of Anne & Patrick Rabbitte of Galway City, Ireland. He was a proud member of the Galway Rowing Club and multiple soccer teams in Galway. He and Kathleen emigrated to the U.S. in 1949 with $40 and one bag between them. After a year on the East Coast, he made what he considered the best decision of his life by travelling West to God's country, spending 22 years in San Francisco and the last 40 years in San Anselmo.
He began his construction career working with Standard Building Co. and attending Heald College at night. He started H. J. Rabbitt & Sons Construction Company, which continues today.
His family was the most important part of his life - big family dinners, camping in Pinecrest, coaching or attending kids and grandkids' games. He spent his retirement years watching the 49ers, golf and the premier league games on TV, eating breakfast at Hilda's with his friends, sitting on the front porch enjoying the sunshine and constantly telling stories about the old country.
He truly believed he achieved the American dream. He will be missed tremendously.
Visitation is Sunday Sept. 23 from 6:30pm to 7:00pm with a Rosary at 7:00pm at St. Anselms Catholic Church, 97 Shady Lane, Ross. Mass of Christian Burial is 2:00pm Monday Sept. 24 at St. Anselms Catholic Church. The final resting place is at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery.
Services entrusted to
Monte's Chapel of the Hills
San Anselmo 415-453-8440
Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Sept. 22 to Sept. 23, 2012