Paul Jacobson Henle
November 30, 1949 – October 7, 2018
Paul Jacobson Henle passed away on October 7, 2018 with his wife, Blair, at his side, after a heroic fight to recover from a brain injury.
Paul was born on November 30, 1949 in Arlington, Virginia, to Theda and Peter Henle. He graduated from the University of Rochester in 1971 and later received a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He studied percussion at the Manhattan School of Music.
Paul’s love of New Hampshire began in childhood with happy summer vacations. His early career included logging in the New Hampshire woods, working on a dairy farm, and theatre production at the Barnstormers in Tamworth. He went on to become a lead programmer with Primavera Systems, a trusted realtor, and ultimately retired as a community organizer from the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund in Concord.
Paul excelled at making music. He played percussion for many years in the Lakes Region with the Irish band, Odd Men Out. He also played with the New Hampshire Music Festival and the Scottish band Tullochgorum and was the percussionist for several recordings of New England musicians. Paul’s own cd is “The Golden Keyboard: Celtic Marimba.” Most recently, his String Quartet #1 in A Major was premiered on March 18, 2018 by members of the Holyoke Civic Symphony at a chamber music concert.
Paul was devoted to serving the people of New Hampshire. He worked tirelessly for the Democratic Party for many years, first in Carroll County. He later represented Merrimack District 12 (Concord, Ward 2) in the New Hampshire House of Representatives from 2012-2018 and served on the Ways and Means Committee.
He is survived by his wife, Blair Deborah Newcomb; brother Michael Henle and wife, Cynthia Comer; brother James Henle and wife, Portia; daughter Elizabeth Henle from a previous relationship; a niece, two nephews, two great nephews, and several cousins.
Paul will be remembered always for his gentle kindness, bright intellect, good humor, and wit.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests or New Hampshire Legal Assistance.
Memorial visiting hours will be held from 4pm to 7pm on Monday, October 29, 2018 at the Bennett Funeral Home, 209 North Main Street, Concord. A private burial service will held at a later date in Sandwich, NH.
Arrangements are entrusted to the Bennett Funeral Home of Concord, NH.
- Memorial Visitation Monday, October 29, 2018
Paul Jacobson Henle
March 19, 2019
I just learned of Paul's passing, and know that it seems much too soon. I met him years ago, when he served the as a regional planning commissioner for the Lakes Region, from the town of Tamworth. His guidance, ideas, and positive attitude stood out among his peers. I do believe we are most often remembered by the way we make people feel, and among his many good traits, his sense of responsibility, and passion, to make the world a better place, along with his kindness, stand out for me. Sincere condolences to his family and friends, and we are all a little better off to have known him.
October 29, 2018
Paul was one of my closest friends in school ever since we were assigned to do a report together on Utah. His musical accomplishments also included noodling around on various instruments in my basement in a kind of skiffle band we called the Skwayr (various spellings, but it was a takeoff on the Cyrkle, with a nod toward not being part of the hippest crowd). We shared an appreciation for math, pop music and Chickenman. Also, our fathers worked together at BLS at the Department of Labor. In this week when anti-Semitism is in the spotlight, we should recall that both dad's were on a list of Jews at BLS which was prepared at President Nixon's request. Pete Henle was reassigned because of Nixon's prejudicial view of Jews, so my dad got a new boss whom he did not like...and he retired. I admired Paul for his intellect, his friendship and the variety of activities he pursued...from music to stagecraft to real estate to politics. He will definitely be missed.
October 23, 2018
I am of the opposing party affiliation to Paul, but truly enjoyed his wit and intelligence. His arguments in Committee were well reasoned and articulately presented. We even agreed on several issues, well occasionally. Paul sat near me in Committee and we often shared comments on events; never bitter, never personal, never the fractional partisan fighting too often present today; but always expressing our beliefs. I appreciated the work he did, his passion for his views and his willingness to listen to others. I missed him and his input the last half of the term and cherish having known him.
October 22, 2018
I first met Paul when he served as the Chairman of the Carroll County Democrats I later served with him in the NH House. I remember him as a true liberal Democrat and a caring individual. He cared so very much about New Hamshire and our people. He was both serious about finding a fair and equitable way to provide for taxation that would be just and humorous in his approach to getting people from all political spectrums to come together. Paul will be missed by everyone and will not be forgotten by anyone who ever met him.
October 19, 2018
I represent Ward 1 of Concord and Paul represented the neighboring Ward 2. Paul was always looking for ways to improve their lives, especially reducing their tax burden. He served so conscientiously on the House Ways & Means Committee,. He held periodic neighborhoods meetings with his constituents at the Newell Post Restaurant. So they could hear from him , but more importantly he could hear from them. Paul genuinely cared about the well being of the people of his district and of our state.
He will be missed by so many, but he won't be forgotten.
October 12, 2018
Paul was a vivid, central part of our House Ways and Means Committee. He had an intelligence and a caring about him that drew attention and interest from both parties, from people that disagreed with most or some or what he said and those who became adherents. He put in bills without a chance of passage, because he felt they were the right thing to do. And then he disappeared suddenly from our lives, and left a hole we noticed every time we met. I am sure all of us are the better from having worked with him. And we are all glad he had such devoted care from his wife in his last difficult months.