Ivar H. Henrickson, Jr, age 91, of Cheshire, formerly of Northford, passed away on Sunday October 10, 2010 following an automobile accident. He was surrounded by his family. Ivar was a son of the late Helga Anderson Henrickson & Ivar H. Henrickson, Sr. He was born in New Haven in 1918, moved to Hamden as a child and graduated from Hillhouse High School in 1936. He earned an Associate Degree in accounting in 1941 from YMCA Junior College (now the University of New Haven) and was granted an honorary Bachelor's Degree from the University of New Haven in 2009. Ivar served in the Army Air Force as a bombardier in England during World War II, where he attained the rank of Second Lieutenant. He worked as an accountant for High Standard Mfg. Co, as assistant treasurer for Steinbach Printers and as Treasurer for New Britain Machine Company before retiring in 1985. Ivar was a life-long member of Bethesda Lutheran Church in New Haven, singing in the choir for over 60 years, serving as treasurer for several years and chairman of the board. He was also treasurer of the North Branford Library Board for many years as well as board chair. Ivar is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Betty Jacobson Henrickson; his children, Karol Dow & her husband Alan of South Windsor, Kristen Weaver of East Hampton, Ivar 'Chip' Henrickson III of Westbrook & Peter Henrickson of Dacula, GA; his grandchildren, Charles Wojack (Michelle), Karin Garrison (Kevin) & Amanda Cardot (Bobby); his great grandchildren, Kohl, Karina, Angelina, Madeline, Nicholas and Jayson; his sister Verna Carlson of Milford, NH; his brother Robert Henrickson of Manchester, CT and numerous nieces & nephews. He was predeceased by his son-in-law Rev. Elon Weaver. Ivar was a rare man - honest, kind, loyal and very loving. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Per his request there will be no calling hours. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 16, 2010 at 2:00 PM at the Bethesda Lutheran Church. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers the family request donations to Bethesda Lutheran Church, 305 St. Ronan Street, New Haven, CT 06511. Arrangements are in care of BEECHER & BENNETT, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden.

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  1. Ivar was always trying to do things for others – he would even take our empty coffee cups to the trash for us after coffee hour! His presence will be missed. He truly has been one of the Pillars of the Church at Bethesda.

  2. We were sorry to hear of Ivar’s accident and death. He was one of a kind who will be sorely missed by his family and church. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time.

  3. Words cannot express our feelings in hearing of this. Some of my fondest memories of growing up are those of my lifelong friend Peter and your family. It is true to say he was a rare man, always kind to others and loving to his family. His reflection shows in each of his children and upon those he touched and were honored to know him. Our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family and my best friend Peter in this time of grief. Our families thoughts and prayers are with you all. Bill Koval and family.

  4. I am so sorry to hear of the loss of Mr. Henrickson. He was a gentle man and will be sorely missed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the whole family.

  5. It was with greaT sadness I read of Ivor’S death today. Our family joins me in extending our sympathy. Memories flooded back of our 28 years as neighbors on Evergreen Road in Northford.How clearly I remembr Ivor working on the lawn,raking etc.Ivor was such a gentle,gracioous, lovely man.How fortunate you were to have Ivor as a member of your family. Know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. Jane Haskell

  6. Kristin, Karol, Chip, Peter, and Betty, I am so sorry for you Dad’s passing. It has been a very long time since we were next door neighbors but I remember you all and your Dad very well…..PLease know you are in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this difficult time. I share my experience that staying strong in your faith will help you through this time, and know you will be reunited with him in God’s time. My best to all of you.

  7. To the family – my condolences to all of you from my entire family – we have been neighbor friends since 1960 and saddened by the loss of Ivar..my prayers are with you during this difficult time .. I am sure my own mom and dad will watch over him…stay in touch

  8. We were shocked to learn of the death of Ivar. We remember him well from our time at Bethesda. Ivar was also so kind and thoughtful to everyone. Our sincere sympathy to Betty and the entire family.

  9. Kris – I know there isn’t much I can say at this time to make you feel better. Just know that I am thinking of you and am keeping you in my prayers.

  10. My deepest condolences to the entire Henrickson family. I have so many great memories from growing up next door. Mr. Henrickson was such a gracious and wonderful man…always so gentle and ready with a smile and a funny joke. My thoughts are with all of you at this sad time.

  11. I enjoyed talking with Ivar in church during coffee hour on Sundays. He was always upbeat and such a gentleman. My sincere sympathy.

  12. I am so sorry to hear of Ivar’s passing. He and Betty were so good to me in my years as Bethesda’s parish assistant. I always counted on seeing their smiles and so appreciated Ivar’s gentle and kind spirit. I join you in grief in his passing and in joyfulness for his living.

  13. I am so sorry to hear of Ivar’s passing. He and Betty were so good to me in my years as Bethesda’s parish assistant. I always counted on seeing their smiles and so appreciated Ivar’s gentle and kind spirit. I join you in grief in his passing and in joyfulness for his living.

  14. I enjoyed talking with Ivar in church during coffee hour on Sundays. He was always upbeat and such a gentleman. My sincere sympathy.

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