Henry W. Patrick
Henry W. Patrick
  • November 16, 1935 - September 11, 2016
  • Chicago, Illinois

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Henry William Patrick was born in Charleston, South Carolina on November 16, 1935, the son of the late Henry W. Patrick Sr. and Geneva L. Smith. During his early years, his mother remarried after the passing of his father to the late Clarence Smith who was fondly known as "Big Daddy". Henry had one older sister, Grace White, who preceded him in death.

Henry was educated in the Chicago Public Schools system, graduating from Hyde Park High School, and later completing his college degree in Information Technology from Roosevelt University. The majority of his working years were spent in banking, advertising and information systems institutions, ending at the Chicago Police Department before his retirement in 2009 at age 73. During his younger years, Henry was an influential member of the 3rd Ward Young Democratic Party.

Henry joined Progressive Community Church in 1984, where he was baptized, received Jesus as his Savior, and became an active member on the Board of Trustees, Finance Committee, and Good Samaritan Men's Club. He proudly represented the church as an administrator for the United Negro College Fund and made this fundraising effort his charitable priority. He continued to be a faithful servant until his health prevented him from active participation.

When Henry was not at work, he was on the tennis court. As an avid tennis player, he traveled nationally and internationally to compete in tournaments with his tennis club and played at the Evergreen Racquet Club until his health would no longer allow him to play. Just as recently as last week, Henry and his children, Melanie, Pam, and Mark watched with excitement as Serena advanced during the semi-finals of the US Open. Henry's other passion was photography. He loved to take pictures and there would not be a family gathering where he was not capturing each precious moment on film. Back in the day, Henry would take 8mm video of family and friends, which he has kept to this day. Henry enjoyed entertaining and socializing with friends and family. He made sure that he celebrated every birthday, holiday and special occasion, including his 80th birthday party, which was a huge success.

Henry was very particular when it came to his food. Boston Market was his favorite takeout restaurant and he was affectionately known throughout the Hyde Park establishment for his detailed special requests. Although Henry lost his long battle with prostate cancer, he did not lose his sharp mind, his quick wit, and his exacting standards.

Henry was a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He leaves to cherish his loving memories two daughters and one son: Ms. Pamela S. Cabell of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Mrs. Melanie J. (Nathan) Neely of Chicago, Illinois, and Mark (Wanda) Patrick of San Antonio, Texas. Henry was blessed with six grandchildren: Sione, Solomon, Symeon (Shyla), Mark Jr., D'Marco, Tiana, Malachi and six great grandchildren: Sivan, Samari, Shammah, Jaiden, Patience and Siena. In addition to his immediate family, he will be greatly missed by a host of other relatives, church family, tennis "buddies" and friends.

Arrangements under the direction of Kenny Brothers Funeral Directors, Evergreen Park, IL.