August 17, 1920 ~ June 15, 2012
Charles Theodore Henrich, age 91, of Cheshire, died June 15, 2012. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend, he was born August 17, 1920, in Buffalo, NY, to the late John W. and Margarethe Kahler Henrich, the youngest of nine children. Charles attended Governor Dummer Academy and graduated from Cornell University in 1942 with a degree in Engineering. He worked as an engineer in the defense industry for many years, and then enjoyed a long second career working as an engineer in the building and construction industry. He loved his family, his work, problem-solving, reading, sailing, and helping others. Inspired by a news story as a young man, he made it a habit throughout his lifetime to anonymously help people in need, paying medical bills, grocery bills, paying for children to go to camp. He was an active Boy Scout leader for many years, and was an active member and volunteer at Holy Trinity Church in Buffalo, NY; Old First Church in Huntington, NY; and Spring Glen United Church of Christ in Hamden, CT. Charles was married for 57 years to his beloved wife, Nancy, who predeceased him. He is survived by his son Charles of Ireland; daughter and son-in-law Amy and Theodore B. Lynn of Hamden; grandchildren Emily, Sam, and Julia and many cherished nieces and nephews. Memorial service Thurs., Aug. 2, 2012 at Spring Glen Church, 1825 Whitney Ave., Hamden at 2 p.m. Arrangements are in care of Beecher & Bennett Funeral Home, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Charles's name to the The Fresh Air Fund , 633 3rd Ave., 14th Floor, New York, NY 10017. 'When you help a child, you touch the future.'