Henry M. Eubank, Jr. ’57 died on January 14, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
(The following was published by Dignity Memorial on January 14, 2020)
Henry Mercer Eubank, Jr. died peacefully at his home in Charlotte, NC, on January 14, 2020, at the age of 85.
Henry is survived by his wife of 61 years, Judith Perry Eubank; his daughters, Cynthia Eubank DiLeo of Fairfield, CT; Pamela Struthers Shuford of Mint Hill, NC; and Catherine Ann Eubank of Flemington, NJ. Henry was blessed with nine grandchildren: Anna Struthers Sonneson of Stockholm, Sweden, Basil Hathaway “Happy” Struthers, III of Indian Trail, NC, Scott Shuford of Travelers Rest, SC, Zachary Shuford of Greensboro, NC, Christopher and Natalie DiLeo of Fairfield, CT, and Madeleine, Eric and Olivia Eichorn of Flemington, NJ. He was further blessed with six great-grand children: Jonah, Owen, Sam, Luke, Eli and James Shuford. Henry is preceded in death by his parents, Henry Mercer Eubank and Mary Sams Eubank of Richmond, VA.
Henry was born on November 9, 1934 in Richmond, VA, to Henry Mercer Eubank, Sr., and Mary Sams Eubank. He graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, ME, in 1957 with a bachelor of arts degree in sociology. At graduation from Bowdoin, Henry was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the US Marine Corps, serving his active duty and rising to the rank of captain in 1965 through the active reserves. Henry commanded a tank unit and competed with the USMC rifle team during his time at Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA, and Quantico, Triangle, VA. Following his honorable discharge, Henry remained a proud Marine for the rest of his life.
In 1958, he married Judith Ann Perry in Richmond, VA, and over the next five years they welcomed their three daughters into the world. His girls, Cyndee, Pam, and Catherine remember him as a kind, patient father who made sure (among other things) they appreciated the full score of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado! “The flowers that bloom in the spring…tra-la…have nothing to do with the case”!!
After leaving the Marine Corps in the mid-60s, Henry joined Central National Bank and very soon managed its first computer data center in Richmond, VA. His banking career eventually took him to an assignment in Montreal, Canada, which provided the whole family with a thrilling adventure for about three years. That time in beautiful Montreal provided him with many happy memories and smiles over the years. In the mid-80s, Henry left banking to assume semi-retirement, while acting as an independent consultant with Computer Associates Inc.
Henry learned to fish from his father and enjoyed that activity immensely over his lifetime. He taught his daughters to fish and started down that path with his grandchildren. When opportunities presented themselves, he was eager to participate in a deer hunt. More than the hunting and fishing, it was long suspected that Henry really simply enjoyed walking through the woods to witness the fall colors, the flowers that bloomed in the spring, or a lovely running stream.
Henry is best described as a renaissance man in his many talents and areas of knowledge. He was quick-witted, with an eloquent gift of speech, an avid reader, fanatical patron of classical music, accomplished woodworker, a pioneer gourmet chef before “foodie” was a term, dedicated modeler (ships, tanks, etc), ardent golfer, and overall a true outdoors-man.