AMerican Veteran 11

Henry F Enos

April 4, 2020


Henry F. Enos passed away in the early hours of April 4, 2020 in Augusta, GA at the age of 92. Henry, known to all who loved him as “Hank”, was born at Melrose Massachusetts hospital in 1927 to Henry and Jean Enos. He graduated from Portsmouth, NH high school in 1945. Hank served in the army at the end of WWII.   He received his master’s degree from the University of New Hampshire in 1951 and a PhD in biochemistry from Penn State in 1966. He worked and lived throughout the United States -Terre Haute, IN; Peoria, IL; State College, PA; Franklin, MA; Miami, FL; Washington DC; Athens, GA- until settling and making his final home in Gulf Breeze, FL. He worked for the Environmental Protection Agency since its inception in 1970. He was division director in Washington, DC 1973-1975. He was a member of the American Chemical Society, serving in many positions, including the Chairman of the Pesticide Chemistry Division. In later years, he was director of the Pensacola Beach EPA lab from 1980 until retirement in 1988.

    Hank was a family man. His whole focus was taking care of his family. He married Dottie, the love of his life, in 1950. They were married for 67 years, before she passed in 2017, but had dated and known each other since high school. Together, they raised 5 children. Hank loved being outdoors and camping. He took his children camping every summer up the East coast to Maine. His favorite treat being fresh lobsters off the boat and a cold Samuel Adams.  Upon retirement, he and Dottie traveled the entire United States camping in their 5th wheel. He was the first in his family to attend college and education was very important to him. His goal and gift to his children was to ensure they all received a college education. 

    Hank loved to tell stories about his life and would entertain family and friends for hours. He did not know a stranger and loved to meet and talk with people. He mentored and assisted many during his life.  He appreciated hard work, in any form, and believed that whatever you did in life you needed to do it well. He taught his children, thru example, what a strong work ethic was and the value of it. 

    Hank was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy, sister Jean Lovejoy, brother John Enos, and daughter, Carole Enos Sargent. He is survived by sister Mary Ellen (Bob) Benoit, Sister-in-law Judy Enos, daughter Sue Rowland (Bill), son Mitchell Enos (Tricia), daughter Beth Jahn (Tim), and daughter Rebecca Sterzing (Mark). Also, grandchildren Nick, Vince, Danielle, Michelle, Wade, Courtney, Suzanne, Amanda, Ryan, Evan, Matthew, Hope, and Emily. Great-grandchildren Jack and Allison.  He also left behind many friends whom he loved dearly. 

    Due to the current coronavirus situation a formal ceremony is not possible, however, the family will take Hank and Dottie to Portsmouth, New Hampshire to be laid to rest together as desired.


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