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Fairleigh, Henry Tyler,

passed away Saturday, August 26, 2017 at the age of 97.

He was the son of James Franklin and Anne Tyler Fairleigh and had one brother James Franklin Fairleigh, Jr. and two sisters, Marian Lewis Fairleigh and Anne Tyler Brooks. Henry is survived by his sons Henry Tyler Fairleigh (Barbara), Joe Lee Fairleigh (Amy Brennenstuhl) and Dr. David Edward Fairleigh (Vicki), her grandchildren David Tyler Fairleigh, Elizabeth Grayce Fairleigh, and Henry Tyler Fairleigh III, and Shirley Lowry though a recent, short relationship he was very close to. He was born November 24, 1919 in Louisville, Kentucky in the family home on First Street. He grew up there were his inquisitive nature started early, has he discovered and was intimately familiar with the alleys of Old Louisville as a child. His family was members of Central Presbyterian Church. He was a graduate of Male High School and was a veteran of the Army Air Force. He graduated from Auburn University where he earned a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. He developed a popular veterinary practice in St. Matthews and for over 40 years treated dogs, cats and, seemingly, just about every creature under the sun. He was even contracted by Lloyds of London to preform and examination on Louisville Zoo's first rhinoceros. He was gregarious and enjoyed his vocation and the many people he met in his practice. It's common for family members to randomly encounter former clients who recount stories of their pet nursed to health by Dr. Fairleigh. On occasion, there would be a stray or abandoned pet to take in, even, most memorably, a monkey. He and Jean were especially fond of Boxers and one or two were always members of the family.

Henry had distinct zest for life that manifested itself in his love for travel and friendly inquisitiveness towards people. He and Jean traveled extensively across the globe, visiting an array of countries and encompassing all seven continents. They developed a network of friends in England, where they also had a home, whom they referred lovingly as their "London family". They enjoyed lifelong friendships and affable relationships. Henry never met a stranger and this led to further friendships with those from around the world. They were welcoming to all. The warm memories of the gatherings of family and friends around an extended table for meals and occasions will remain for years to come.

Henry was a long time University of Louisville football and basketball fan traveling to support the teams over the years. He split his loyalty with his alma mater, Auburn University. His love for tennis was also evident with his many trips to London for Wimbledon.

Henry was active in a variety of organizations. Over the course of his lifetime he served as Vice President of the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association and was a member of the Greater Louisville Veterinary Medical Association. He was Chair of the Kentucky Humane Society. Henry served as a Board Member of The Episcopal Church Home and Chair of the Vestry of St. Mark's Episcopal Church. He was a member of the Louisville Boat Club, Pendennis Club and the RAC Club of England. He was a Rotary Club Member and looked forward the Club's speakers each Thursday. He was an ardent supporter of Harbor House of Louisville an organization that supports the needs of the disabled.

Henry was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. As all the Fairleighs did, he maintained relationships with the extended Fairleigh family in Houston and Jean's family in Dallas. He adored the times he spent with them. The family would like to thank all those who have cared for Henry over these past few years, but especially the doctors, nurses and staff at Norton Women's and Children's Hospital, Oaklawn Rehabilitation Center and The Episcopal Home. A special thanks to Dr. Robert Shaw, Dr. Ricky Collis and Dr. Edwin Carmouche.

The family is especially grateful for the special relationship Henry had with Shirley Lowry who helped him enjoy the last year with her companionship. She, now, has become part of the family.

Henry is survived by his sons Henry Tyler Fairleigh II (Barbara), Joe Lee Fairleigh (Amy Brennenstuhl) and David Edward Fairleigh (Vicki), his grandchildren David Tyler Fairleigh, Elizabeth Grayce Fairleigh, Henry Tyler Fairleigh III, his nephews Dr. James Fairleigh, Dr. Morton Fairleigh (Sandy), Fairleigh Brooks (Lisa), nieces Marion Fister (David), great nephew Tyler Stallings and great niece, Caroline Brooks and many others.

Henry was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Jean House Fairleigh, his sister Anne Tyler Brooks, his brother James Franklin Fairleigh Jr., and sister Marian Lewis Fairleigh.

Funeral Service 11 am Tuesday, August 29, at St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 2822 Frankfort Avenue with burial to follow at Cave Hill Cemetery. Visitation Monday, August 28 from 4pm to 8pm at Pearson Funeral Home,149 Breckinridge Ln.

Please leave condolences for the family at www.pearsonsfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers expressions of sympathies can be made to Harbor House.

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Published in The Courier-Journal on Aug. 27, 2017
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