February 26, 1953 – March 5, 2019
Brewster – Henri P. Millhollan, 66, died of cancer on March 5, 2019. He was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 26, 1953, the son of the late George Millhollan of New York and the late Pierrette (Millhollan) Vincent of Orleans, Mass. Henri spent his teen years in East Haven, CT, with his late mother Pierrette and late younger brother Gerard Millhollan. He attended university of New Haven. In 1977 he moved to Manhattan, New York, to work in a French restaurant where his passion for gourmet food and wine began. In 1978 he moved to East Orleans and fell deeply in love with the beauty and serenity of Cape Cod. He worked in a few restaurants on the Cape, his favorite been Kadee’s Lobster & Clam Bar in East Orleans. During the years he worked in restaurant business Henri had so much fun… met lots of interesting people and developed solid friendships. His career as a Real Estate Broker on the Cape began in 1980 and in May, 2006 he started his own business – Realty By The Sea in Orleans, MA. He dedicated 110% of his efforts to provide outstanding service to his clients and the community. He went above and beyond. In June 1991 Henri met Beatriz of Materlandia, Minas Gerais,Brazil, to whom he married in June 8, 1997. From then on they often traveled to South America, mostly Rio de Janeiro and the Fazenda Padre Nosso where Beatriz grew up. He truly enjoyed every trip. The language was not a barrier because he had a remarkable ability to connect with people. Family was very important to him and he embraced her family as his own. Besides his family and friends, Henri loved his two cats – Figaro and Plato and Mickey Mouse. He was an avid reader, his favorite author been John Grisham. He enjoyed Brazilian and French music and food, family and friends gatherings, walks on Nauset beach where his marriage took place, sunsets on Skaket beach, mornings bike rides on Nickerson State Park and much more… Henri is survived by his wife Beatriz of Brewster; his aunt Janine Banette of Orleans; Janine’s son Philippe Banette and his wife Donna Devaul & daughter Sophie of Ridgefield, Conn.; his late brother Gerry’s wife Mary Millhollan of East Haven, CT, and their five beautiful daughters, Jennifer & her husband Charles Fowler & four children of New Haven, CT Danielle Millhollan, her three children & boyfriend Kenneth of New Haven, CT; Kathleen Millhollan of Guilford, CT; Jeannette Millhollan of Branford, CT; Michelle & her husband Joe Hawes of Wallingford, CT. Visiting hours will be from 9-10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at Nickerson Funeral Home, 77 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans. A Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, March 23, at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, 61 Canal Road, Orleans. Burial will follow in the Orleans Cemetery off Tonset Road. Henri loved flowers or donations may be made in Henri’s name to Joan of Arc Catholic Church or the charity of your choice. For online condolences, please visit: w.w.w.nickerson-funerals.com.
- Memorial Visitation Saturday, March 23, 2019
- Funeral Mass Saturday, March 23, 2019
March 23, 2019
It's sad to know that you pass Dear Henri. You will be forever in our hearts and thoughts. Your smile, your gentility, great conversations were the best . Go in peace, you did well. My deepest condolences to Beatriz and the whole family. God bless you all.
Big Hug ,
March 23, 2019
One of our wonderful and lasting memories which we cherish are the wine dinners we shared with Beatriz and Henri.
Working so hard, he would rush in ready to enjoy a gourmet meal and wines at some of the Cape's best restaurants.
We remember Henri on this special day as you celebrate his life.
With love, Herb and Elayne
March 22, 2019
I do not know you, Beatrice. What I do know is that every time I spoke with Henri over the years, he beamed when he talked about you. You were his light and source of joy in his life. I fondly remember meeting Henri very early in my real estate career. At the same time, I had an international coin jewelry business and one of my coin sources and teachers was in Post Office Square. I remember Henri being very curious and we talked of our love of travel, both being from Ct and time living in New York. He was excited to see my coin collection and volunteered immediately to get me more coins from Brazil! "My wife Beatrice can get you coins, she's a flight attendant and travels all the time!" It was so sweet and selfless of him. In reading his lovely obituary, it made me sad that I did not know some of the things that I read about him. It goes to show us that in this crazy busy world of hustle and bustle that we must stop to learn more about the unique souls in our path. I will be there Saturday to support you and honor him. May God bless you and day by day heal your heart back to joy.
March 20, 2019
Who in this town or the surrounding towns on Cape never saw Henri's picture with his real estate information? That's because it was everywhere! Every publication had Henri's advertisement. And he was proud of that exposure. Once I remarked that one of my clients said Henri is the" Wayne Newton of the Cape", because his picture was everywhere and Henri laughed and laughed. He didn't take offense, he sincerely laughed the loudest and longest. He always found that bright light. He would even say, "Marirose, how is that client you have, the one who says, " I am the Wayne Newton of the Cape"......Henri , such a "a gentle soul "quick to laugh and even quicker to forgive. I am proud to say that I was part of RE/MAX By the Sea for many years and had the good fortune of knowing dear, sweet Henri and will always consider him a friend and mentor. He taught me that selling real estate is an esteemed profession. He taught me that my time is valuable. He was "The King" of the full price commission because "we work really hard even when it looks easy! "Henri was a professional realtor but more importantly he was a professional kind, caring person. How many people got greeting cards from Henri...he single handily kept the Hallmark store in business. He didn't go and by a box of cards somewhere...he picked that birthday card out just for you! I still delight in one particular card he sent for my anniversary. And those pens with his name on them-they were everywhere, too. And I will never forget his mother would stop in and yell," HENRI,HENRI,HENRI" and no matter what Henri was doing he would stop and talk with her, even if he was frustrated or rushed, he always took the time to talk with his mother! And he loved Beatriz so much, so very much.. He was my friend! Henri is in "The Big Open House in the Sky" and I can envision him, excited to find us a home there, also! God is saying to you what you have said to many, "WELCOME HOME"
March 17, 2019
I will never forget this kind, smiling gentle man who started to frequent my aerobics class in the mid to late 80’s. We became fast friends and when I needed a place to live, Henri offered me a room in his house. We lived together for a few years and he was always kind, caring and great fun. When I moved off Cape in the early 90’s, we lost touch, but reconnected last year on FB. It was so nice to see how many great memories he was making with the love of his life. I will never forget his humor, his gentle, kind nature and his zest for life. Rest In Peace my friend.
March 16, 2019
I met Henri in 1980 when he worked in food service at the Columns Restaurant in West Dennis, Cape Cod. From 1982-84 we shared a rental house in Orleans with other room mates. Our friendship continued while he worked in Orleans at Kadie's Clam Bar. He was always supportive of the music I was involved with and was a welcome, smiling face in the audience. I would often stop at his office in Post Office Sq. where I retrieved mail from a P.O. box. He was a generous consultant in any questions having to do with real estate and I would kid him about branching out and opening an office in Rio. His enthusiasm and good cheer will be greatly missed. My condolences to his family.
March 16, 2019
Henri was the seller of the home we bought in Eastham in 1994. He worked so well with Diane O'Neil, who represented us. He became one of my Facebook friends and I enjoyed seeing all of the pictures of his life and travels to Brazil. This has come as a shock. Much love to his family and friends.
Martha and Mike Downs..
March 16, 2019
From the few times I spent with Henri, I was very impressed by his passion toward the things he loved. The first time I met him and Beatriz, he showed me his wine cellar hidden within the basement of their home. I remember him telling me all about the specific temperatures that all his favorite wines should be stored at, and details about the construction of the project. With his passing, I remember this time and how important it is to spend as much time as you can with the things that matter most to you. Thank you Henri for this lesson. May you rest in peace.
March 16, 2019
I have known Henri since the late seventies. He has always been a warm, friendly and positive person. He loved his work, his life on Cape Cod and most of all, Beatriz, his wife. They shared a special bond. He fought hard until the end. To do otherwise was not in his makeup. You will be missed, my friend.
March 12, 2019
My uncle Henri loved life. He loved his family, his job (real estate), the Cape, Nauset Beach, riding his bike at Nickerson, Rio, my family's farm in Brazil, wine and cheese, a nice rare steak and Chunky Monkey Ben&Jerry's. Most of all, he loved my aunt Beatriz. They were, and always will be, a solid example of what mutual respect looks like.
Henri made a lot of dad jokes even though he wasn't a dad himself. He liked every single one of my pictures on Facebook instead of liking the album, which I always made fun of but now will really miss. I'll miss his humor and and his laugh. I'll miss his presence at family events (always taking pictures), the funny birthday cards he sent every year, and seeing him reading non-real estate books on the varanda in Brazil.
My aunt's beautifully written obituary and all these amazing photos show exactly who Henri was. A fun uncle, hard worker, world traveler, loving and caring husband and food-and-wine-enthusiast.
Thank you Henri for showing us your zest for life, for being so attentive and for all the amazing memories dating back my entire life. You'll live in our hearts forever. Rest peacefully and pain-free <3
March 9, 2019
I have so many fond memories of henri I don't know which one to talk about . He is one of my closest friends and we spent many a night having dinner and great wine together with beatrice and other friends. But most recently, Dec 21 I lost my wife tessie to cancer. It was a long struggle and I was home alone trying to process it all in my head and heart . I wanted to be alone but Henri and Beatrice came over and made me go out for tacos where we met up with my dear friend Gretchen Champney. It was good to be with friends . I love you Henri .
March 7, 2019
I always enjoyed showing property with Henri. His professionalism and enthusiasm always shined through. Over the years he sent me lovely birthday cards and his thoughtfulness was an unexpected delight. He always talked about his world travels and his family. My heart goes out to his family, he will be missed.