Henry Y Geen
September 21, 1934 – November 16, 2021
Henry was born September 21, 1934 in the Dragon-Peacock Village, Tai Shan Guangdong Province, China. He passed away peacefully November 16, 2021 at the age of 87 with his wife, Jayne by his side.
After fleeing China during the Japanese war, he arrived in the United States at 10 years of age through the process of his older brother acquiring his citizenship papers to come to America. He grew up in Salinas, California and graduated from Salinas High School.
Through the years, Henry worked hard and diligently to build a life for himself. His perseverance and attention to detail enabled him to become a successful business owner where he was able to ensure his financial obligations to those who contributed to his coming to America.
Henry and Jayne were married for 55 years. He enjoyed a life of traveling, fishing, boating, meeting friends and various forms of hiking, walking, riding bikes and running. He was a loving father to his son, Gregory, and daughters, Rosemary (Sam) , Victoria, who preceded him in death (Michael), and Deanna (Brian). He had four grandchildren-- Justin, Rachel, Meigan, and Luke.
Henry had many successful Chinese restaurants throughout his life. He was an excellent cook and savvy businessman. His passion for good food and his refined palate enabled him to quickly create tasty food fare that enabled him to excel in future restaurant endeavors. In Wichita, Kansas he had two successful restaurants and helped to design and build a house for the family. He then went on to have more restaurants in St. Louis, Missouri and Carmel, California before retiring in San Francisco, California.
Henry suffered his first stroke in 2018 where he was able to recover with Jayne's loving care enabling him to walk independently with a walker. A second stroke occured in 2020 after the passing of his second daughter Victoria, and again with consistent care from Jayne and support from family he recovered to the point where he could start walking and regain his independence. Most recently he suffered a severe stroke from which he was unable to recover.
He will be remembered as a very driven and motivated man as well as an adoring husband and loving father. He had a great sense of humor and loved pranking family and friends. He was always there to lend a helping hand to those who needed it. His smile and contagious laughter was loved by all. The family will cherish and remember the family trips, family mah jong nights, family dinners but most of all he will be remembered for his unconditional love for his family.
Saturday, November 27, 2021
Henry Y Geen
November 25, 2021
I remember when I was younger spending time at Uncle Henry’s home on Sunday afternoons while the adults caught up and played mahjong. He always took time to ask me how I was doing and made sure that I was doing well in school. As I grew older, our visits were far and in between, but I remember our chats about personal finances and investments. I think that our conversations had a part in shaping my thinking and leading me into a career in banking. I respected Uncle Henry for his savviness in business and the successes he had in life. He also had some of the best stories from his travels. He was a dedicated husband to my aunt and father to his children. He might be gone, but his legacy lives on in the many lives he affected.
November 24, 2021
Uncle Henry had a big smile, a roaring laughter, and a heart of gold. He was genuinely a great listener and he always had fun stories to share. I am thankful for memories to remember him by, such as a road trip to Niagra Falls and Toronto, and he was an entertaining tour guide during my visit to San Franciso. Uncle Henry, you will be missed but not forgotten.
November 22, 2021
In the beginning...
It was a typical, hot, humid, sweaty day in the Summer of Toronto, Canada, and I was outside, just doing some mundane chores (like cutting the extremely long grass), when a white van slowly approaches and stops in front of the house... I noticed the St. Louis, U. S. A. license plates and said to myself, oh, it must be American tourists lost, looking for a certain street, when unannounced, ... out jumps a friendly, baldish, Chinese Man in a white T-shirt and jeans, speaking in English with an American accent... "SURPRISE" He exclaims, WE'RE HERE! (My Dad, also named Henry, it was totally unexpected , came out to introduce our long lost relatives Uncle Henry), followed by Auntie Jayne, Rosemary, Vicki, Gregory, and baby Deanna!
Uncle Henry was a very warm, kind person with a very good sense of humor. He would bring his Geen brand of California sunshine to our Lum Family for many, many years....friendship, good times, good food and of course good Mah Jong!
Even when Uncle Henry & his family went back to Salinas, California, the 2 "Uncle Henry's", stayed in touch and he set up the first of several Caribbean cruises together... They had the time of their lives, after working so hard...
I will always miss Uncle Henry :(
But his spirit will always be with me... Rest in Peace.
Stay Safe & Take care Auntie Jayne & Family!
We love you always,
Robert, Jane, Brian, Auntie Irene & Lum Family
November 20, 2021
Missing you so much daddy. It’s been a few days but the pain in my heart is a different kind. I’m not sure how I’ll ever get over this ache. I do have so many memories. And for that I am so grateful because I can hold onto those and replay them in my mind. Thank you for holding my hand through some trying times. You had my back all the time. You taught me to be strong and I am darn sure that I got my workhorse personality from you. You taught me how to laugh after crying. So perhaps while this pain is here and I’m crying, I know that there are those memories that will make me smile and laugh a little.. I love you Daddy.
Steve, Karen, & Tara Leong-Winkelmann
November 18, 2021
Hi Uncle Henry! One of the things I remember of you is your sense of humor and wit. I am so glad Steve got to meet you at Deanna’s wedding. Steve liked you right off the bat. We will all miss you but will cherish our memories of you. Say hi to Vicky for us. I know you will watch over your family and give them comfort.