Henry E. Cabana, Jr.
MILLVILLE- Henry E. Cabana, Jr., 81 of Millville, Ma. passed away peacefully on January 23, 2012 surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Brooklyn, New York on October 20, 1930, he was the son of the late Henry E. Cabana, Sr. and Dorothy (Ward) Malley and her husband Arthur Malley. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 58 years, Eileen M. (Logan) Cabana who died in 2008.
Henry graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School and proudly served his country in the United States Navy. He began his working career as a draftsman for Wyman Gordon Co. in Grafton, Ma. and later as an Assistant District Manager for the John Hancock Insurance Company. He spent the remainder of his working years at Massachusetts Electric Co. working as an Appliance Salesman, Public Relations Spokesman for the Brayton Point Power Plant and finally as Credit Manager in the Worcester office, retiring in 1981.
He also enjoyed holding public office and served as Town Moderator for the Town of Millville for 15 years, as a selectman and as a member of the Blackstone-Millville school committee. He was a devoted member of St. Augustine's Parish in Millville, Ma. and served as a lector there. He and his wife were members of the Millville Senior Citizens Center. Henry was also an accomplished, self-taught pianist and he entertained many at the former Cocke n' Kettle Restaurant, The Bocce Club and Theodores Landing. He was a talented craftsman and an avid hunter who enjoyed yearly hunting trips with family and friends.
He is survived by his 5 children, Thomas M. Cabana of Woonsocket, R.I., Nancy E. and her husband Mark S. Zagaglia of Blackstone, Ma., Patricia E. and her husband James M. Robbins of Marlborough, Ma., Kathryn M. and her husband Fire Chief Michael Sweeney of Blackstone, Ma., Kevin M. and his wife Ann-Marie Cabana of Greensboro, N.C. He was also the proud "Papa" to 22 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren.
Besides having a quick wit and wonderful sense of humor, Henry will be remembered by all who knew him as a loving and devoted husband and father and as someone who could bring a smile to anyone he met. He had a great knack for telling stories and he usually had a very captive audience. His greatest joy was found in spending time with his family who will greatly miss him.
Special thanks to the wonderful staff and caregivers at Beacon Hospice and "Hank's" extended family at the Friendly Home whom he loved dearly.
His funeral will be held at 10:00 am Saturday, January 28, 2012 from the James Kellett E. and Son Funeral Home, 38 Main Street, Blackstone, Ma., followed by a mass of Christian Burial at 11 AM in St. Augustine's Church, Lincoln St. Millville, Mass. Burial will follow in St. Paul's Cemetery Blackstone, Mass. Calling hours are Friday, January 27, 2012 from 5:00-8:00 pm.