Henry Jalbert, 69, of North
Reading, passed away after a long illness on March 1, 2018 at
the Union Hospital in Lynnfield with his family by his side.
Born in Salem on September 8, 1948, he was the son of the late
Henry and Virginia (Girard) Jalbert. Members of his family
include his loving wife of thirty years, Melisa (Jurczak)
Jalbert, and his children David Jalbert and Amy White, and
grandchildren Joshua and Cameron White. Henry is also survived
by four sisters, Linda Frary, Shirley Emerzian, Janet Keohane,
and Eileen Jalbert; his father-in-law, Thomas Jurczak;
brothers-in-law Matthew and Mark Jurczak, and nephews Mark and
Henry graduated from Danvers High
School in 1967, where he excelled quite fearlessly at football.
He was known as the quarterback who threw five touchdown passes
to defeat Beverly High School at the annual Thanksgiving Day
game. After high school, Henry joined the Carpenter’s Union,
Local 67 in Boston. There was a job in Lexington that required
100 foot walls, and Henry told his boss that he could do it. It
was a job that no other contractors wanted to bid on. Henry got
the job done, and with great success. Henry had the good
fortune to meet the love of his life, Melisa, on this particular
job and they started a loving relationship that flourished for
thirty years. Melisa shared Henry’s love for the great
outdoors. They made so many wonderful memories, whether it was
catching codfish off his boat “Miss Molly” in Gloucester or deer
hunting in the wilds of Maine. Henry loved to garden, and he
grew pumpkins so big that he won several blue ribbons at the
annual Topsfield Fair. Christmas was Henry’s favorite holiday.
He took great pleasure in decorating his house, including the
twenty foot Christmas tree in the living room. Henry’s festive
Christmas decorations became a cherished landmark in town.
Folks would come from all around to view the Christmas
extravaganza beaming from his front window.
Henry's life was filled with many
accomplishments, but to put Henry's life on paper would be a
great challenge. To all who knew him, he was a man blessed with
a gentle spirit, humor, great strength of character,
thoughtfulness, and kindness, and he always had a heart to help
others. Henry was a faithful servant of the Lord, and his family
takes comfort in knowing that he now rests peacefully in heaven
Henry’s life will be celebrated
at a memorial service to be held at the Trinity Evangelical
Church in North Reading, Saturday, March 17 at 10AM. Donations
in lieu of flowers may be made in Henry’s memory to the Future
Fisherman Foundation Hooked on Fishing Program in Augusta,
Maine. This program uses angling skill development as a gateway
to teach youth about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and how
to deal with the challenges facing them in their young lives.
Checks can be made out to Hooked on Fishing and sent to the
Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, attn Brittany
Humphrey, 284 State Street, Augusta, ME 04330. Arrangements are
under the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.