MANSFIELD - David W. Henry, 62, passed away on Tuesday, November 19, 2013, at Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center at Hamilton surrounded by his loving and caring family.
Born and raised in the city of Trenton, he had resided in Mansfield Township for the past 19 years. David was a 1969 graduate of Cathedral High School. He attended Mercer County Community College and was a graduate of the Trenton New Jersey Police Academy. He served in the United States Army Reserve and was honorably discharged after six years of service.
Dave retired from the Trenton New Jersey Police Department after 33 years of service. He started his police career as a police cadet, at the age of 18 in 1970 and was sworn in as a police officer
on September 11, 1972. After graduation from the Trenton Police Academy he was assigned to the Second District. During his career he worked in several units, including serving as the Police Athletic League Director. He retired on April 1, 2004 with the rank of Detective Sergeant while assigned to the NCIC unit.
During his life Dave was active in several sporting endeavors. He worked as an umpire, officiating over various levels of baseball and softball. In addition he volunteered his time coaching and being involved in various youth activities.
These include coaching Trenton PAL, New Egypt Pop Warner Football Program, Northern Burlington Youth Football Program, Hamilton Little Lads Baseball and Softball. He also founded and managed the Jersey Jammers softball team and served as President of the Northern Burlington Youth Wrestling Program.
Dave was a member of Trenton PBA Local No. 11, Trenton Superior Officers Association and is a member of Mercer County Local No. 12. He was also one of the original members of the Cop Shoo Bops.
He was the owner of Dirty Diamond Clothing Company, which he founded with his wife, daughter and son.
Son of the late Alfred H. Henry Sr. and Ella May Henry, he was also predeceased by his father-in-law, John Chokey and sister-in-law Linda Dobos.
He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Kathy "Chokey" Henry and his devoted children, Kristen and Bryan Henry; his brother and sister-in-law, Alfred H. Henry Jr. and Susan Henry and brother, John P. Henry and his fiancée Donna Milligan; his mother-in-law, Helen Chokey, father-in-law Fred Bodenschatz and mother-in-law Loretta Bodenschatz; sister-in-law and brother-in-law Debbie and Thomas Roche; as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition he will be greatly missed by numerous friends and of course his grand dog Brie B.
A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 23, at The Church of Sacred Heart, 343 S. Broad St., Trenton. Burial will be at St. Mary's Cemetery, Hamilton. Calling hours will be Friday, November 22, from 5 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, November 23, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Hartmann Memorial Home, 2830 Nottingham Way, Hamilton, Mercer County. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the David Henry Memorial Scholarship Fund.