Guyanese entrepreneur, philanthropist, and author Norman Henry passed away on November 21, 2010. There will be a service in Brooklyn, New York, from 5:00 to 7:00pm on Sunday November 28, 2010, after the viewing from 4:00 to 5:00 pm, at Guarino Funeral Home of Canarsie (9222 Flatlands Avenue). A repast following the service will take place at Crystal Manor (1460 Flatbush Avenue) from 7:30pm. The interment will take place on Monday at 9:00am at Evergreen Cemetery (1629 Bushwick Avenue).
Norman Henry was born into poverty and worked on a sugar plantation in Guyana along with his mother, an East Indian indentured servant. The everyday hardships he experienced along with the discrimination and abuse he suffered as a mixed-race child (his father was of African descent) fueled his desire to escape to a better way of life. He made his way first to Guyana’s capital city, Georgetown, where he eventually served on the British Guyana Police Force. Years later, he moved to the United States.
He authored Adversity Is Temporary, “a captivating memoir reveling the pain, shame, eventual triumph and joy of an impoverished” boy. Henry served as Grand Marshal of the West Indian American Day Parade and was honored by the Guyana Folk Festival Association, among many others.
He conceived and operated the elegant Henry House Catering and Banquet Hall, the pride of New York’s Caribbean-American community over its 16 years in business.