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Henry Pessah

May 10, 1927 ~ July 8, 2022 (age 95)

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Henry Pessah, a resident of Shelton, CT for over 62 years, passed away peacefully in his sleep on July 8, 2022 at the age of 95. Henry was born in Manhattan, New York on May 10, 1927 to Albert and Anna (Dassa) Pessah. "Hank" is survived by his wife of almost 72 years, Harriet Masslo Pessah, his daughters Anne Schauer (husband Alan) and Ruth Pessah (husband Stuart Berlin), grandchildren Carl Sterner (wife Colleen), Sarah Sterner and Benjamin Pessah-Berlin (wife Julia Brown), great grandchildren Theo and Isaac Sterner, sister Sylvia Blumenthal, sister-in-law Helene Anderson, and many nieces and nephews and their children. 
 
Hank was raised in Manhattan and was drafted into the Army towards the end of WWII. He transitioned to the Merchant Marine where he served as an on-board radio operator and single handedly saved his ship when it began to sink by transmitting an SOS signal to a nearby vessel. After his years of service, Hank attended the University of Connecticut where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. Hank worked for his entire career in the radio engineering industry, serving in management, advertising, marketing and consulting roles. Hank and Harriet moved to a house he helped to design in Shelton, CT where he and Harriet raised their two daughters, and is where he was still residing until his passing.

Hank was devoted to family and was clearly the patriarch of the extended Pessah clan. No one in the family made any serious life decisions, or even major purchases, without first consulting Hank for his opinion. Family always came first for Henry, foregoing career advancement opportunities which would have take him away from this tight-knit group of relatives. Hank took up the trumpet at an early age, and was the "bugle boy" during his service years. Over the years he continued to play in local music groups in his community. Whenever the extended family got together for holidays, there was always a musicale where all the kids would play a piece on their respective instruments. This continued with his grandchildren and was an honored family tradition. 

Henry had many interests from his love of classical music and opera to photography, politics, current events, the world. He was a phenomenal photographer taking pictures at every family event and giving everyone copies. He served his community both as a member of the Shelton Board of Education and the Shelton Planning and Zoning Committee.

Henry was a person of utmost character and led a value-centered life admired and respected by all. He exemplified immeasurable strength and courage, resiliency and fortitude and never-ending determination and perseverance throughout his entire life, and would go to the "ends of the earth" for all those he loved. He was the most remarkable, kind, understanding, patient, and compassionate soul. At the core of what made him happy was his family, seeing his entire family happy and healthy and spending time with them at every opportunity.

A life truly well-lived. A true inspiration for all so fortunate to know him. Henry will be deeply missed beyond any words could possibly express and he will ALWAYS be with us and live on in all those who loved him so very much. 

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