Henry J. Haas Sr.
May 15, 1937 – September 10, 2021
Henry (Hank) Haas, Sr, age 84, of Punta Gorda, FL, formerly of Delaware, passed away suddenly on September 10, 2021 at Fawcett Hospital in Port Charlotte, FL with the love of his life by his side.
Hank was born in Wilmington, DE, graduated from Wilmington High School, and attended Temple University. He was a proud member of the Air National Guard for 28 years; retiring as Master Sergeant of Avionics. Hank was a very talented electrician and worked at several companies including RCA where he was part of the team working on one of the first NASA Apollo Space Missions. He was an electrical engineer with General Motors and headed up the first robotics division during his 30-year career.
A member of the Knights of Columbus since 1961 (in DE and FL), Hank volunteered for Tootsie roll drives and fish fries where he was known for his excellent cole slaw. After retiring to Florida, he held numerous officer positions with Knights Council 5399 including Deputy Grand Knight and a 4th Degree.
Hank had many accomplishments including being the first male Cookie Chairperson for the Girl Scouts of Chesapeake Bay Council. Fishing was one of Hank’s favorite hobbies where he earned many citations. He was the best handyman ever and was known to be able to fix anything he put his hands on. He was so handy he built the family summer house at Broadkill Beach.
Hank was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Eva (Ptak) Haas; son, William H. Haas; and daughters Barbara Haas and Beverly Worrall Finch. Hank is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Barbara (Northrup); his children, Marianne Allen (Dave) of Milton, Richard Haas (Heather) of NC, Henry (Hank) Haas, Jr. of Greenwood, Dianne Hendrickson (Jeff) of Lewes, Lisa Kerrigan (Michael) of Wilmington; 15 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.
Services will be held at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church on Monday, October 18, at 11:00am.
Relatives and friends are invited for a memorial gathering and visitation on Tuesday, November 2, from 11:00-12:30 at Krienen-Griffith Funeral Home, 101 W. 6th St., New Castle, DE 19720. Interment will be at Gracelawn Memorial Park immediately following.
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Krienen-Griffith Funeral Home
Monday, October 18, 2021
Henry J. Haas Sr.
September 17, 2021
Dad Haas was a good man. Having lost my father at the age of six I enjoyed so much the fatherly presence he had in my life. Although a relatively quiet man, I loved when he would tell stories, banter back-and-forth with others, share his knowledge & skills and especially those times when upon hearing something that amused him, would produce an exaggerated eye roll and utter a prolonged “GEEEEZZZZ” which made everyone around him laugh. You knew he was making fun of you but in the most kind and sweetest way. From the day I married into the family he made me feel welcome and it was an honor to be his daughter-in-law for 15 years. The fondest of memories I have is those times I would catch him glance at Mom Haas with just the smallest of smiles and full of love. I think all of us girls at one time or another always hoped for someone to look at us that way.
Rest in Heaven Dad Haas 💕
September 15, 2021
Hank was one of the warmest and friendliest members of our K of C Council. He was actively involved in all of our activities and was a person we sought for ideas and advice. My prayers to his family. Let us know how we can help
Joe and Jean Prine
September 13, 2021
Hank was a very kind and thoughtful person. He never hesitated helping me out at Knights of Columbus.
Our prayers and thoughts are with you Barbara and your family.
God bless! 🙏💕