It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Andy on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 at 91 years of age. Following a debilitating stroke on December 20, 2020, Andy lived his best life to the end surrounded with love, compassion and dignity. He leaves behind his remarkable, loving wife of 62 years, Claudette, who was his strength and rock throughout his life. Father of Dr. Kurt A. Henry (Lori) of Newport Beach, CA, and Angela Henry of Windsor, ON. Favourite nephew of Marvin and Tammy Fraser, Magnolia, Delaware and extended friends and family in Jamaica, England and the US.
Andy immigrated to Windsor in the early 60s with his wife. Together they built a life to be proud of. Born in Clarendon, Jamaica to Alice and Aubrey, he left the sun and sand to start a simple life living on Lillian Street. He and Claudette found their forever home on Langlois Court, in Remington Park, where they had the best neighbours, Marc and Cari Marcoccia, Anna and Pat Rici, and Maria Cappelleto. Andy brought his skills from Jamaica as a land surveyor and draftsman to proudly work for C. G. Russell Armstrong in downtown Windsor, until he found his passion and branched out into real estate. Andy became a licensed real estate broker and in the early 80s he started his own company, Henval Realty, specializing in commercial properties. Many of his clients became lifelong friends because of his sincere honesty at giving them his best. He worked until he could no longer and then continued to give real estate advice to the very end. Andy loved what he did.
He proudly gave time as a past member of the Kiwanis Club and All Saints Church. He enjoyed his time as a past member of the Windsor West Indian Club. He especially enjoyed his many road trips to Toronto with his lifelong friend, Vernon Boxe, to buy the best fish for Carousel. Sandwiches and drinks were lovingly packed by his wife for their adventure. Andy volunteered at that event each year until he was no longer able.
The last two years were blessed with sacrifice and the best of care. His wish was to return home after his stroke. His care was entrusted to those who gave their best, until he could no longer stay home. Our family thanks those who really stepped up to make his life as comfortable as possible. At home, Bayshore gave us their best. Thank you to Lynelle “Tooney” Day and Phillip Adawala, PSW’s who both hung in there on some challenging days. Thank you to the best physiotherapist ever, right to the end, Kate Balazs and to Patricia Smith, his physio assistant at home. Thank you to the LHIN, Debi Tibeirah and Christina Konopaski, NP for their endless support and understanding. Special thanks to Jenn and the team at Xperience Home Health Care. This time would not have been possible without the dedicated care, compassion and support given to him and his family by our caregiver. Our family will be forever grateful to Niki Royle of her agency, Royle Treatment and companion, Carol Diotte. Carol learned all about Jamaican foods on this journey. The road was challenging for both Angela and Carol, but they became a team of comfort, laughing with Andy and Claudette on a journey that was so unpredictable. His family also thanks the tremendous friendship and priceless support of Cynthia and Vernon Boxe, and Gina and Dimitre Mokiova. Thank you to Phil Dawes, who kept their house together. Thank you to countless friends who called to support him on this journey. Our family is forever grateful and gives immense thanks to the hardworking and most dedicated staff on the third floor, Old Castle, at the Village at St. Clair. You each have a priceless compassion and heart. So many of you could always make him smile or laugh when Carol and Angela could not.
As per Andy’s wishes, cremation has taken place. Memorial visiting will be held at Families First in South Windsor, 3260 Dougall Ave., (519-969-5841) on Saturday, February 11, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the memorial service at 1:00 p.m. Andy’s ashes will be returned to the earth at All Saints Church Cemetery at a later date. Donations in memory of Andy may be made to All Saints Church Memorial Fund, or mailed to 330 City Hall Square West, Windsor ON N9A 1J3.
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