Henry G. Dessardo

March 9, 1937November 1, 2020

Henry G. Dessardo aka Enrico Anthony, 83, passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 1, 2020 in Houston, Texas. He was born on March 9, 1937 in New York City to Anthony Dessardo and Esther Benedetti. Henry grew up in the Bronx and attended Somerville High School in New Jersey. He enlisted in the Air Force in 1957, serving two tours in Vietnam. Upon discharge, he worked for over 30 years for Western Electric, later known as AT&T/Lucent Technologies. After retirement, he worked security part-time for CSC at Reliant/NRG Stadium where he enjoyed greeting people; he never met a stranger. He also loved spending time with family, close friends, and neighbors. He is best known for his “Hankisms” which are words and phrases that only “certain” people could translate. Even after being dubbed an “Honorary” Texan, living here more than 50 years, he never lost his New York accent. It was as charming as his personality and he always brightened any room that he entered. He will be dearly missed! Henry is preceded in death by his parents, Anthony and Esther and sisters, Gloria and Irene. He is survived by his wife, Pamela Decker, of 44 years; daughter, Dana and son-in-law, Matthew; and son, Vincent. Henry is also survived by daughters, Tammy; Wendy and husband Brian; Kim and husband Delbert; son, Randy and several grandchildren. His big Italian family also includes niece, Teresa and husband Michael; nephew, Rick and wife Rose; nephew, Steve and wife Beth; nephew, Tom and wife Kris, along with numerous great nieces and nephews. Family to receive friends from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at Pat H. Foley Funeral Home. Chapel service will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 followed by graveside services with military honors 11:00 a.m. at Forest Park Lawndale Cemetery. A special thank you to all of the doctors and nurses at Methodist Hospital and Amity Home Health who cared for our beloved “Hank” throughout the years. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to the American Heart Association, The National Kidney Foundation, or a charity of your choice.



  • Visitation

    Tuesday, November 10, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, November 11, 2020


  • Committal Service

    Wednesday, November 11, 2020

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Kaitlyn Merz

November 11, 2020

Sending all of our love to the Dessardo family. Back when my sisters and I were pre-teens/teens, Dana would watch us (or as I'd like to think hang out with us, because that's cooler) when my parents were out of town. That's when I got to know Mr. Dessardo. Dana's parents were always so kind to us and would drive all of us in their pick up to every Houston area mall and treat us to Tex Mex dinners. We felt like a part of the family, and I've always been so appreciative.

Thomas Hill

November 11, 2020

Pamela,you and your family are in our heart and mind.Our heartfelt go out to you and your family. I will surely miss the presence of truly lovable,kind and friendly person Hank was. Our prayer are with you today and always.
Tommy and Judy Hill

Christine Ruelas

November 7, 2020

Dearest Mr. Dessardo,

I am blessed to have met and known you through Vince over the past 10 years. Your wonderful personality and vast life experiences have enriched my life and given me positive perspectives when faced with difficult decisions. Thank you for sharing all the great jokes and your sweet hugs...I will miss you dearly!



Danny Grimes

November 7, 2020

Hank, I salute your humor and many memories along with your military service. Your love for family and friends was always at the top of our conversations so proud that we crossed paths in life.

Steve Marschall

November 7, 2020

Uncle Hank always shared a story or a good joke. He was the master of sharing a smile. Loved the stories of living in New York & New Jersey. You will be greatly missed love Steve, Beth , Stephen Jr. , Mandy & Alex Con Amore’

Rick LeFebvre

November 6, 2020

I worked with Hank for 20 plus years. He was a friend as well as a coworker. Hank helped my wife doing balloons for her business. My son Nathan, remembered Hank with fondness. He told me how he felt when I called to tell him Hank had passed. He said Dad, " Hank always took the time to talk to him when he would call the house to talk to you". That little bit of time Hank shared with my son is still with him to this day. Hank was a pretty special guy.
Thanks Hank for being a friend to us all.
God bless you and your family.
All the LeFebvre's.

Thomas Marschall

November 6, 2020

Dear Uncle Hank you will truly be missed! Thank you for being a great Uncle. I have always appreciated your visits whether it was the times you came to California for camping in Yosemite, the backyard parties for the Fourth of July at my parents house, my wedding or when Kris and I visited in the 90’s for a cruise out of Galveston you were always very gracious. Our family always has this knack to mesh every time we visit even though we live miles apart. You leave behind a great family that will miss you dearly, and to Dana, Vincent, Matt and Pam you have been there for him up till his last hour and I truly thank you for such care you took, y’all are amazing bunch! I truly believe in my heart that God has received one Fantastic person into his house. God bless! The Marschall’s

Joe Danna

November 4, 2020

The Danna family loves the Dessardo's. We will miss Hank as well as the thousands of other life's he touched during is valuable time with us.

- joe danna


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