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OBITUARY

William Bond Henry, M.D.

August 24, 1937May 8, 2020

It is with great sadness that our family announce the passing of William B. Henry M.D., “Dr. Bill” and/or “Papa”. Surrounded by family, he passed away at home on Friday, May 8th due to complications from the COVID 19 virus.

Dr. Henry was born in the Bronx on August 24, 1937. A proud graduate of School 15, Columbia University and Albany Medical College, he developed and maintained friendships that carried through his life. A week after graduating from medical school, he married his favorite nurse Elaine on June 8, 1963 and began a 57-year love affair. In addition to his loving wife, Bill is survived by his three daughters and their families; Kathi Henry along with her son Ben Nixon and his wife Courtney; Ruth Henry and her daughter Ella MacCormack; and Nancy Benson and her husband Bill and sons Luke and Liam. He is also survived by his brother George (Cindy), former sister in law Linda Henry, nieces and nephew Mary (Alec) Dunkel, Karen Henry and David (Jill) Kindy, and their families.

He began his career as an intern at Hartford Hospital, completing his residency at Mass General and serving his country as a Major in the US Army, stationed at Fort Bragg and in Danang, Vietnam. Dr. Henry spent the next 42 years in private practice in Glastonbury, on staff at Hartford Hospital and was instrumental in forming ProHealth Physicians.

He lived the Rotary ethos “Service above Self” and advised all the students who benefitted from his mentorship to “Balance career responsibilities with those of your family and to get involved in your community.” He served as President of the Glastonbury Rotary Club (1985-1986) and as a board member of Hartford Hospital, Glastonbury YMCA, Friends of Wells Turner Library, and Glastonbury VNA. He was also a Mason Columbia Lodge #25 member. He was honored and humbled to receive the Rotarian Paul Harris Award, the Hartford Hospital Distinguished Service Award and recognition from the Glastonbury Board of Education for his decades of caring and service to the students of the Glastonbury Public Schools. In addition to caring for his patients and their families, Bill enjoyed traveling, birdwatching, tennis, singing, golf, the beaches of Cape Cod and Rhode Island, his annual swim at Orchard Hill, playing poker with the same group of friends for over 45 years, and his outings to play his favorite penny slot machine at Mohegan Sun. Other than home with his family, his favorite place on earth was Disney World.

Our family wishes to thank all those who traveled with him on his pathway in life. Special thanks to the many health care professionals that cared for Bill over the years especially Hartford Health Care at Home along with Shanice and Michael that supported our family this past month at home. A celebration of his life will be held when possible. Online condolences may be made at Glastonbury Funeral Home https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/glastonbury-ct/william-henry-9176609 Memorial gifts may be made to Hartford Hospital, c/o Philanthropy Department, 80 Seymour Street, Hartford, CT 06102 or at https://giving.hartfordhospital.org/donate or to The Glastonbury Rotary Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 67, Glastonbury, CT 06033. Glastonbury Funeral Home 450 New London Trpk. Glastonbury, CT 06033 are assisting the family with arrangements. Funeral and Committal services will be private at the convenience of the family. A memorial gathering will be held in the future for family and friends to gather around Bill's family.

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Cheri Holden

June 1, 2020

Dr Henry was my kids doctor but, I was the lucky one. Having twins was challenging and Dr Henry was always so calm and easy going that it helped me through motherhood. He always had a huge smile and always asked about my whole family. I am very sad to find out that the world lost such a kind soul. My deepest sympathy to his wonderful family.

Cheri Holden

Michele Pena

June 1, 2020

I am so grateful for the twist of fate that brought Nancy and me together as roommates at Bucknell freshman year and brought the Henrys into my life. I have so many wonderful memories of time spent with all of you – at parents’ weekend dinners, during visits in Glastonbury and DC, at weddings and baby showers over the years. Dr. Henry and his booming laugh and wonderful bear hugs are front and center in them all.

The memory I wanted to share is actually not mine but Rob’s. When I talked to him the other night, he said he remembered seeing Dr. Henry in Florida at Kristen’s wedding, which was a week after ours. Rob said Dr. Henry took him aside and asked him how he liked being married. Rob replied that he was enjoying it so far, and he said Dr. Henry smiled and told him “For those of us who really like being married, it’s a very special thing.” And then he winked and said, “Welcome to the club.”

That story made me smile because it captures two things I know about Dr. Henry – two things that, based on all these thoughtful tributes here, it seems like many people know and appreciated about him. One was that he always took time to ask how you were doing and had a wealth of valuable, fatherly advice to offer (like when he told me to take an aspirin a day for my migraines!), and two, it is a testament to that long love affair mentioned above, and shows just how much love has always grounded your family. Such a special man.

To Mrs. Henry, Kathi, Ruthie, and my dearest Nance, I am thinking of you. I love you all and will keep you in my prayers.

Francine & Ed Jowdy

May 28, 2020

It is with a heavy heart that I express my deepest & sincerest sympathy for Dr. Henry’s passing ..to him & his wonderful family.
Since words have to suffice here; he is my & my family’s hero.. simply stated he saved our sons life by his early diagnosis of our sons cancer. He was & always will be remembered. God loved him then & surely loves him now.
Francine & Ed Jowdy

Samuel Sorrels

May 26, 2020

Dr. Bill was one of the kindest persons I have ever met. I served with him at the 95th Evac. Hospital in Danang, but really got to know him and Elaine at our reunions. He was always happy and had a great outlook on life. Him will be missed. Prayers for Elaine and the family.

Erica Backmann

May 21, 2020

What a wonderful man! I remember his kindness and gentle manner even though he seemed “larger than life” to the little girl I was when we first met. Truly a legend in Glastonbury when I was growing up there in the 70’s.

Wishing his family peace, and keeping you all in my prayers.

Thomas Higgins

May 20, 2020

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A friend at Orchard Hill, lunch with Bob Drury, Bill was a warm empathetic man, a contributor to all who knew him. My sympathy to Elaine, family and all of us who have good memories.

WILLIAM GERSON MD

May 19, 2020

Bill Henry was the epitome of the community pediatrician and I am so lucky to consider him a colleague, a friend, and a fellow student. For many years Bill would travel to Vermont to participate in the Vermont Summer Pediatric Seminar that I was privileged to co-direct. Bill was always a highlight of these annual meetings - always happy, always willing to laugh and share in the joys of pediatric practice.
Bill made my life a better one.
My condolences and love to his family.

Bill Gerson MD
Pediatric Medicine
South Burlington, VT

Robert Giombetti

May 18, 2020

Bill Henry’s passing leaves the world a less compassionate place. He and I were classmates at Columbia College and Albany Medical College. We both specialized in Pediatrics. He was always a kind, considerate, upbeat person with a ready smile and hearty laugh, which served him well as a lovingly husband, father and Pediatrician. We roomed together our first year at Albany Med and spent many hours studying together which really strengthened our friendship and Joan and I always looked forward to seeing he and Elaine at our reunions. He will be sorely missed and our prayers and love go out to Elaine and their family at this time of such a great loss.

Erin Kehoe

May 17, 2020

Dear Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. I will always remember Dr. Henry fondly and cherish the wonderful memories of UVM college visits and summer trips to the Cape. Meeting his caring and loving daughter Ruth, at UVM orientation, was the best moment of my college years (and sharing an “around the world” experience with her).

Wishing you comfort and peace in the days ahead.

Love and prayers,
Murph and Family ❤️

Benjamin Clow

May 17, 2020

So sorry to hear about Dr. Henry. He was mine and my sister Hope’s pediatrician when we lived in Glastonbury from when we were born until we moved to Cape Cod in 2001 (when I was five). I distinctly remember the buttons on his coat, my favorite was the Ronald McDonald one. It’s especially sad that he died of covid-19, that is such a horrible thing happening right now. I will pray for the consolation of his family the next time I am at church (when they do our personal intentions)

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