John "Chick" Henry

February 23, 1936 ~ August 25, 2019 (age 83)

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Formerly of Woodbury-

On Sunday, August 25, 2019, John ‘Chick’ Henry, loving husband and father of four children and three stepchildren, passed away at the age of 83. Chick was born on February 23, 1936 in Waterbury, CT to Ann & Jack Henry.

Chick attended Seymour High School and was a standout half-back and co-captain in 1953. He was inducted in to the Inaugural Seymour High School Football Hall of Fame in 2013. Following his high school career, he was captain of his college team at Southern Connecticut Teachers College where thanks to Chick they were undefeated. He was invited to try out for the New York Giants.  Afterwards, he went on to play for the Semipro Annex Rams in New Haven for their Atlantic Coast Football League. As a RAM, he was an outstanding player and an instrumental part of their 1956 undefeated season.  As an Ansonia Black Knight, he was among the ACFL’s leading scorers.  When playing for the Hartford Charter Oaks, Chick was the second leading ground gainer and among the ACFL’s most outstanding players. In 1962, Chick signed with the Meriden Shamrocks in the New England League. The Veteran’s Club of New Haven State Teachers College presented Chick a trophy as an outstanding player for the New Haven Owls football team. He played into his mid- thirties with the New Haven Owls. In 1994, Chick received the Golden Football Award for outstanding half-back. His passion for football continued off the field becoming a long time coach for the Woodbury Pop Warner Football program, even though he only had daughters.

Chick retired from the Connecticut Light and Power Company after a 32 year career at the young age of 57.  He has spent the last 23 years with his wife Deb, in Palm Coast, Florida when not traveling the United States in their RV.

He was a loyal and true friend who was loved by many. He was a very gentle and humble man.  He is survived by his wife Deborah, his four children, Susan, Lisa, Carin and Marta and his predeceased son, John Joseph, the mother of his children, Gail D. Henry, his three step-sons, Chris, Garth and Bryan Rushton, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and several cousins, nieces and nephews.

A private celebration of Chick’s life will be held in Bethlehem in November. Please contact a family member for details.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the following and a fund will be established in Chick’s memory to benefit future athletes. Nonnewaug High School Region #14 C/O NHS Athletics Department, 5 Minortown Rd Woodbury, CT 06798. Or Seymour High School Sports Hall of Fame, 2 Botsford Rd Seymour, CT 06483. Memo line: Chick Henry.

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Celebration of Life
November 24, 2019

7:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Private, CT 00000


Nonnewaug High School Region #14 C/O NHS Athletics Department
5 Minortown Road, Woodbury CT 06798

Memo Line: Chick Henry

Seymour High School/ Seymour HS Sports Hall of Fame
2 Botsford Road, Seymour CT 06483

Memo Line: Chick Henry

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