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Henry Torres, 70, a beloved and a gifted hairstylist, died peacefully at home, March 7, after a brief illness from Covid-19. Henry was born July 16, 1950, in San Antonio to Roberto Torres and Maria Rizo. He was raised by his paternal grandparents, Blas and Antonia Torres on a small ranch near Floresville. At the age of 15, he enrolled in San Antonio Beauty School. At 20, his career took off when he joined the John Moore Salon on Broadway in Alamo Heights and quickly became one of the city's "best hair stylists." Although his clients came from all over San Antonio and South Texas, his following was based in the city's business community, and social leaders, who lived in Alamo Heights, Terrell Hills, and Olmos Park. Many of Henry's clients became dear friends as he styled their hair not only for routine weekly appointments, but also for every important occasion in their lives— including weddings, engagements, baptisms, deaths, debutante balls, and of course, Fiesta. For 25 years, he was often booked a year in advance for the following-year's Fiesta and its pre-parties and public events. Henry's charge included placing the heavy, bejeweled crowns atop his elegantly- styled French twists and "up-doos" for queens, princesses and duchesses of the Order of the Alamo's celebrated Coronation Long after Henry retired from Fiesta, brides-to-be continued to seek him out for his famous French twists and then to precisely place their wedding veils on top of their heads. Henry was known for his razor-sharp wit, intellect, and his ability to make everyone laugh freely and frequently. He enjoyed every moment of his life whether it was attending a black-tie gala, a cattle auction or working in his beloved garden which he meticulously nurtured throughout the year. He often could be seen hand watering the front lawn of his Monte Vista home, which was lush even during a drought. Henry's numerous life-long friends included Red and Charline McCombs and their three daughters. "The entire McCombs family adored Henry, but his relationship with Charline was truly special. "Not only did Henry keep Charline looking beautiful for more than 50 years; he also kept her laughing," said Marsha McCombs Shields. "Henry was her beloved friend and confidante. He also was the reason Red looked sharp and ready to tackle the next opportunity," she added. Henry was a direct descendant of former alcade Erasmo Seguin and Texas Revolutionary hero, Juan Seguin. He was preceded in death, by his parents and grandparents and his beloved sister, Bertha Lee. Henry is survived by his aunts, Rachel Padilla, and Natalia (Frank) Delgado. He leaves behind many friends, clients, and cousins. The family would like to thank their cousin, Patricia Grimes, for the love and care she gave Henry over the years, especially during the last few weeks of his life, and at his bedside. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 10 am Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Downtown San Antonio. Due to social distancing, the sanctuary can only accommodate 100 family and friends. If desired, friends may contribute to the charity of their choice.

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Published in Express-News on Apr. 4, 2021.
Celebration of Life
10:00 AM
St. Mark's Episcopal Church
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April 30, 2021
I have known Henry for well over 45 years, and his endearing friendship meant the world to me. Learning of his passing came as a total shock and I will carry his memory in my heart until we meet again.
For the family;
If your eyes don't have tears, your heart can't have rainbows.
Let your eyes prepare your heart for what is coming!
Wayne Gilcrease
April 15, 2021
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Jennifer Sample client 44 yrs
April 7, 2021
This person was more than human because of his compassion and concern for helping others. I knew him more through other's stories and through the shoes he donated to me. I now walk in some of his footsteps trying to honor his legacy. As a teacher and human being I strive to be worthy of wearing his donated shoes and boots. I thank him eternally and pray for his soul to be met by the highest of all with love like the one he projected to the world especially his family. We are all here on borrowed time and I am blessed to have been able to know Henry and his greatness. May he never be forgotten and may his soul dance with the greatest of individuals!

Thank you Henry Torres

Luis Lopez
April 6, 2021
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Jody Cahoon
April 5, 2021
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Robert Laukant / Munich, Germany
April 4, 2021
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Gladys P. Delgado
April 4, 2021
Gladys P. Delgado
April 4, 2021
Henry was an incredible person & friend. Always thinking about & helping others, he radiated goodness, generosity & love. My mother said Henry was her best friend, & they spent many hours laughing, telling stories & enjoying time together. I felt the same about dear Henry too. Henry was a positive & upbeat friend, & will be missed. I know he’s with God in Heaven, surrounded by angels & thousands of friends celebrating his arrival. Henry, thank you for making our lives more joyous. You will always be in my happiest memories.
Peggy Lee
Peggy Payne
April 4, 2021
We first met when we were 16 and John Moore was working downtown across the street from the Greyhound Bus Station. Henry was always present for all of the milestones in my life. Always smiling with a story to tell! Such a gifted man who will be dearly missed by so many. Rest in Peace my friend.
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