Henry Robert Aldag

February 9, 1937March 9, 2019

‘Say not in grief “he is no more”, but live in thankfulness that he was.’ Hebrew Proverb

Henry R. Aldag, of Boston, son of the late Heinrich and Anneliese Aldag of Brooklyn, NY, passed away peacefully on March 9, 2019, after many years of coping with Alzheimer’s Disease. Henry was predeceased by his twin brother, Ed, and sister, Edna. He is loved and survived by his wife of 43 years, Sheryl (Chasse) Aldag , his son Jason and grandson Ethan of Maryland and son Erik and his wife Sally of New York City. He also is loved and survived by his mother-in-law Dolores Chasse and many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and extended family in Methuen, Lawrence and Andover. The family is grateful to Compass on the Bay in South Boston for its compassionate care of Henry during the past few years and its unrelenting support of Sheryl as she and Henry lived this Disease together. Though Henry enjoyed a successful career in scientific research, his favorite employment story is when he was working his way through college as a “delivery boy” for Cartier Jewelers in New York City. Tasked with delivering valuable jewelry to wealthy clients, he recalls knocking on the hotel suite door of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor (Wallis Simpson and Edward VIII), whom Henry said always answered the door together; but of all the clients he encountered in this job, the person who left the greatest impression upon Henry at his young age was Eleanor Roosevelt -- the only one who ever gave him a tip! At the encouragement of a caring 8th grade teacher, Henry took the aptitude test for Brooklyn Technical High School (at that time an all-boys’ exam high school for math and science), and it was there he developed his love for science that took him into a career of laser research. After moving to Boston for a job with Avco-Everett Research Laboratory, Henry met his future wife, Sheryl. They were married in 1976, settled in Boston’s South End and raised two wonderful sons, Jason and Erik. Henry had a special relationship with his grandson, Ethan (9 years old) . . . they were “buddies” . . . playing bingo, doing puzzles, reading a children’s story, or simply drinking hot chocolate together while gazing out the window watching the squirrels and birds. Although Henry traveled many places in the United States, Europe, Japan and Russia for both work and recreation, he especially enjoyed ski trips with his sons to Canada. Funeral arrangements are private. The family is planning a celebration of Henry’s life at a later date. Please consider making a donation, “In memory of Henry R. Aldag”, to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Road, Waltham, MA 02452 as they continue research into the cure of this Disease.


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Henry Robert Aldag

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Ron Pizzo

March 18, 2019

Dear Sheryl and Family ,
I have many good memories while working with Henry .
He was my mentor .
I am so sorry that I did come up to see him.
My prayers are with you .

Jim Burke

March 17, 2019

I worked with Henry for many years he was a great colleague.

Bridget McDonagh

March 13, 2019

Thinking of you Sheryl and your sons and grandchild at this sad time. May your wonderful memories of all the years you and Henry shared together be a comfort in your heart.


Gloria Porter

March 13, 2019

Dear Sheryl and Family,

Henry was a wonderful man with a warm and gentle heart. He will be missed...for sure.
Gloria & Kent

Pat Lewey

March 12, 2019

Sheryl and Family;
So very sorry for your huge loss. Please know that my prayers are with you at this time.

Denis and Katheryn Chasse

March 12, 2019

We have so many memories of Henry; a man of gentle strength and fine intelligence, a man who visited us multiple times, who demonstrated an insatiable love for his family. We especially remember him as a consummate host for the traditional German goose dinners at Christmas and the Boston pride he possessed, when showing us "their"Boston of art exhibits, libraries, fine dining and the Boston Pops. All these memories and many more will always live in our hearts!
All our love to Sheryl, Jason, Eric, Sally and Ethan

Anne Harrison

March 11, 2019

One of my favorite memories with Henry was in Maine. He held my hand and ran with me into the Atlantic. He laughed so hard when the coldness took my breath away. This southern girl likes the hot water in the gulf, not the frigid water off the coast of Maine. Always remember the good times!!!

Janice Chasse-King

March 11, 2019

One of my favorite stories of this wonderful man was walking along the beach at Old Orchard. Such a lovely memory of chatting with him as we walked along. He was always so kind and sweet to all of us. I will “live in thankfulness” that he was a part of our family. His memory and love lives on!
All our love to Sheryl, Jason, Erik, Sally and of course Ethan!!

Kristen Agami

March 11, 2019

Henry really loved sitting on that rooftop deck and enjoying the view of Boston. His voice and his smile will be missed- and I know that his smile and many mannerisms will live on through his family. I hope it brings comfort that I truly believe that his spirit will be there when you need it. Hoping to visit soon- I will be in touch. Love, Kris

Paul Chasse

March 10, 2019

We were so saddened to hear of Henry's passing.....he was the kindest, most caring person I have ever known....and he will be dearly missed. Our prayers and love go out to Sheryl, Jason, Ethan, Sally and family.