Sunday, June 5, 2011

Henry: Miss him, we will

It's been a sad weekend here at Franklin's Central.

I found out late Friday that Henry Rembish, a then-kid I hired circa 1987 or so had passed away.

Both Henry and his sister Tricia toiled away for both myself and Franklin's during the latter half of the 1980s. And if you've ever been in charge of the hiring, firing and training of young people for jobs that are transitory in nature, both Henry and Tricia were, in my mind, great hires. And in the hospitality industry, there is no greater compliment.

Back in the day, Henry was filled with unpolished spirit, will and energy. And all too frequently, he was uncompromising in his fledgling approach to life. So, needless to say, he was not always thrilled with my constant attempts at teaching him to tone it down just a tad.

Not only was he an employee of mine, he eventually became a friend of mine. And he watched my children grow up. Here locally, both Marque and Ebon marked his passing. And Peace checked in from Knoxville.

What can I say about a kid who placed Star Wars figurines in full view of customers and then proceeded to play with them much like we did with those green army men of ours. He was different than your average bear. Real good people, though.

Reprinted without permission...

Henry T. Rembish Jr., 37, of Dupont, formerly of Wilkes-Barre, passed away Friday, June 3, 2011, at his home.

He was born in Wilkes-Barre on May 10, 1974, and was the son of Henry T. Rembish Sr. and the late Alberta Madden Rembish.

Henry was a member of St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. He was a 1991 graduate of Coughlin High School, Luzerne County Community College and Wilkes University. He worked for Pride Mobility for 10 years.

Deeply devoted to family, Henry will always be remembered as a loving husband and father. Henry cherished his bond with his 13-month-old son, Madden. Although just a child, it is likely that Henry's love for Madden made an indelible impression that will remain with Madden all the days of his life.

Henry was an avid collector of Star Wars Yoda treasures. Over the years he amassed an extensive collection that has been deemed No. 1 in the U.S. and No. 2 in the world. Henry's fascination with the wise and gentle Yoda fueled his collector's passion in ways that are both rare and impressive. This collection and the care Henry took in maintaining and preserving it will remain an important part of his legacy.

In addition to his father and son, Henry is survived by his wife of two years, Joyce Smihosky Rembish; his brothers, Leo Febish, Nevada; and Robert Swan and his wife, Kim, Dupont; his sisters, Donna and her husband, David Hontz, Wilkes-Barre; Darlene O'Brien, Wilkes-Barre; Kelly Rembish, Wilkes-Barre; and Trisha Nardone and her husband, Jim, Virginia. Henry is also survived by his stepmother, Jean Rembish, Hanover Township, his father- and mother-in-law, Paul and Andrea Smihosky, Avoca; his brothers-in-law, Michael and Brian Smihosky; his dog, Max; and several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at St. John the Baptist Cemetery, 121 Schooley Ave., Exeter. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday at Kiesinger Funeral Services Inc., 255 McAlpine St., Duryea.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in c/o Madden Rembish.


As Yoda might say...

Miss him, we will.

Mark

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