He was born Jan. 4, 1945, in Hartford, Conn. to Shirley (Sturgeon) and Wallace Holden. He retired from General Motors after 38 years. He was a member of Local 913 UAW and the Norwalk Eagles. Henry had a love for horse racing and years ago had his own thoroughbred race horses. He also enjoyed cooking, and was very handy, always willing to lend a hand to neighbors and friends. All you had to do was call Hank and he would be there to help you with anything.
Hank is survived by his loving wife of 26 years, Delores “Sis” (Johnson) Benoit; daughter, Cheryl Owsianko and husband Michael; son, Dean Benoit and wife, Stephanie; four grandchildren, Allison and Andrew Owsianko and Kayla and Tyler Benoit; three stepchildren, Arvin, Eric, and Melissa; five step grandchildren, Alaina, Michael, Alexa, Christopher, and Alexander; several step great-grandchildren; two sisters, Kelly Soucie and Colleen Holden and wife Lynn; sister-in-law, Maryellen Holden; half brothers and sisters, Patricia Powell, Gary Benoit, John Henry Benoit, Bruce Benoit; special uncle, Jim Johnson; several nieces, nephews, cousins; and especially his beloved dog, Bodie, whom he loved and adored.
He leaves behind many close friends back in Connecticut that he held great fondness for. He was preceded in death by his parents; his biological father, Henry J Benoit Sr.; brother, Kevin Holden; half sister, Darlene O’Brian; and half brother, Allen Lee Benoit.
At the wishes of Hank, no services will be held.
The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Stein Hospice for their care, compassion and support during this difficult time.
Memorial contributions in lieu of flowers may be made to Stein Hospice, 1200 Sycamore Line, Sandusky, Ohio 44870.
Walker Eastman Heydinger Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements. Condolences may be expressed by visiting walkereastmanheydingerfh.com.