Patrick G. Henderson

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died June 22nd, 2019

Patrick G. “Pat” Henderson, 85, of Escanaba, passed away on Saturday, June 22, 2019 at Hospice House of the EUP in Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

He was born on November 8, 1933 in Sault Ste. Marie, MI, son of James Alexander and Leonore (Guerin) Henderson.  Pat graduated from Loretto High School in 1951.  He then attended Univeristy of Detroit and Northern Michigan University where he earned his Master of Arts in Music.

Pat served in the U.S. Army from July 10, 1956 until his honorable discharge on June 9, 1958.

In 1956, Patrick married Dolores M.  Gordon in Detroit.

For over 50 years, Pat has resided in Escanaba where he and Dolores raised their children and he was actively involved in the community.  He was a teacher at Holy Name School and Bark River Harris Schools as their music instructor and band director.

Pat’s love for music was evident with his participation with the Escanaba City Band which he directed.  He was also a member of many local performance bands and ensembles and also played with the Lakeland concert band in Lakeland , FL.

He was a member of St. Anne’s Church and was involved in the choir for many years.  Pat was a member of the Escanaba Elk’s Club, Musician’s Union and the Michigan Education Association.

Among survivors include Dolores and his children, Patrick (Jenna) Henderson, Laura (Ray) Volk, Catherine Veraghen, Christine (Jay) Webert, Julie Henderson, Jeanne (Matthew) Bigge, Mary Gael (John) Eschelweck and Diane (Steve) Koch; grandchildren, Andrew, Tina, Emmie, MeiMei, Kari and Betsy Volk, Cara (Veraghen) Wicker, Erin Henderson, Ashley, Sarah and Matthew Bigge, Kate and Megan Eschelweck, Mike Lisenbery, Stephanie DeBord and Brian Koch; and nine great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his much loved daughter, Elizabeth Anne Henderson; parents; brother, James A. Henderson; and sister, Mary Noel Henderson.

Visitation will be on Thursday, June 27th from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home, 302 S. 13th St., Escanaba.  The Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 6:00 p.m. at St. Anne’s Church with Rev. Fran DeGroot officiating.  A meal will immediately follow in the church hall.

Military rites and the committal service will take place on Friday, June 28th at 10 a.m. at Holy Cross Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Hospice House of the EUP, 308 W. 12th Ave., Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783 or to the Henderson family and a music memorial will be established at a later date.

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14 Tributes to “Patrick G. Henderson”

  1. Many thoughts and prayers to the family of Mr. Henderson. I had Mr. Henderson as a band teacher in elementary school. He always had a smile on his face and really knew how to relate to students of all ages. He was always such a positive and upbeat person. He made your day better and loved music. May God Bless Mr. Henderson.

  2. I have so many wonderful memories from Bark River-Harris School and Mr. Henderson is definitely one of the best of them. He was such a kind, patient, caring teacher. He gave me a great appreciation of music and even convinced me to play the bass drum in the 4th of July parade one year when the drummer didn’t show up. I wouldn’t have done that for anyone else but him. At graduation, he gave me the John Philip Sousa award which I was most proud of. Rest In Peace Mr. Henderson. The music in heaven just got a whole lot sweeter with you there.

  3. Mr. Henderson was a neighbor of mine and resident in a Florida condominium. I met him through Robert Schmit. I enjoyed his music play in the local Lakeland Concert Band (LCB) and their Big Band Dance Band — the Music Ambassadors. We also “bumped into him” at other local concert band and dance band events in this area. Several months ago after an LCB concert, I saw Mr. Henderson also returning to his condo, I told him I missed his play (his health issues had apparently curtailed his playing in the band) as a piece they were playing “the Procession of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine” from Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mlada seemed to be missing a cornet or two. I miss his presence and his music.

  4. My thoughts and prayers go to your family. God bless you all during this time.

  5. You will be greatly missed Mr. Henderson. I have such fond memories of him as my music/band director at Bark River-Harris. He made learning to play an instrument fun, but was always challenging you. My deepest sympathy to his family. RIP and lead those angels in some beautiful music!!

  6. The first memories that come to mind when I think of Uncle Pat, are he and my dad out on the boat on any given beautiful Saturday at Birch Point, having more fun than any two dads should have, especially with their wives, children, and Grandma Judge watching! So sad to know that they are all gone, but comforted knowing they are all together. I am so glad that I was able to spend some time with Uncle Pat last year, and heard him play at Ludington Park two summers ago. He will be missed by so many, Rest In Peace Uncle Pat.

  7. IOur Holy Name HS Band director and so very much more over all these years. A true gentleman, master musician, and an inspiration. Rest In Peace, Mr. Henderson. The music just got more beautiful in Heaven. Prayers for all.

  8. Blessed to have been one of his “Florida friends” for the last decade. His humor, music and love for God, family and friends will remain in our hearts.

  9. Most of the time, when someone asks, “are you related to so-and-so Henderson?” I’m not, but I’ll always remember the reaction I got when someone connected my maiden name to Uncle Pat. Usually it was a former student of his, or someone from the city band. Utilizing his considerable talent, he was able to instill a deep love and appreciation for music in a great number of people, and I can’t think of a better legacy to leave behind.

  10. My most sincere condolences to the Henderson family from the cornet/trumpet section of the Lakeland Concert Band and the Music Ambassadors. I had the distinct honor of sitting next to Pat, while serving as the section leader during his time in the bands. His knowledge of music and playing proficiency added greatly to our musical efforts, especially his ability to “ad-lib”, a skill I envied. He will be greatly missed. My wife, Sue, and I took a vacation trip around Lake Michigan from Chicago, arriving just in time for an early season rehearsal of the City Band while Pat was conducting. He allowed me to borrow his trumpet and sit in with the group. That was one of the highlights of the trip. The morning after we arrived in Escanaba, Pat gave us a tour of the city and made me wish it was not so far from our home in Florida as being in his band would have been a wonderful experience. For any Detroit Tiger fans, Pat and I along with another LCB trumpeter performed the National Anthem at a Spring training game in Lakeland several years ago.
    RIP, good friend.

  11. Mr. Henderson was also my and my 4 siblings band teacher at Bark River-Harris. The different instruments were tuba, trumpet, clarinet, and alto sax. My younger brother also played in a jazz band after he graduated with Mr. Henderson and both my younger brother and my youngest sister played in the Escanaba City Band. All of that was at his prompting. He was patient and kind, and I give credit to anyone who can listen to all of that noise yet it must have been very rewarding when the noise turns into music.

  12. It is with much respect that I express my deepest condolences to the Henderson family. Mr. Henderson was our neighbor in Lakeland, Florida. My sister Migdalia and I join this family in prayer for Pat’s eternal rest.

  13. Mr. Henderson gave me a greater appreciation for music than I otherwise would have had which I truly cherish. He taught me not only how to listen to music but how to experience it. He also provided the confidence to learn and grow through practice, hard work, mistakes, pushing past limits, and accomplishment which helped me through my life. This makes a good teacher more than good but great. Thank you Mr. Henderson.

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