Person:Thomas Edward Henson (1)

Thomas Edward Henson
b.16 Jun 1948
d.12 May 2015 Ohio
  1. Thomas Edward Henson1948 - 2015
  2. Mary Margaret Henson - Bef 2015
  3. Johnny Henson1957 - 1972
  4. Jack Henson - Bef 2015
Facts and Events
Name Thomas Edward Henson
Gender Male
Birth[2] 16 Jun 1948
Education[6] 1966 Orwell, Ashtabula, Ohio, United StatesGrand Valley High School
Occupation? Abt 1984 Rome, Ashtabula, Ohio, United Statessoftball coach
Occupation[7] Bet 2004 and 2011 Orwell, Ashtabula, Ohio, United StatesHead Football Coach for 7 years, Grand Valley High School
Residence? 2015 New Lyme, Ashtabula, Ohio, United Stateslived right on the New Lyme/Rome townships boarder in Grand Valley School district
Education[2] Kent, Portage, Ohio, United StatesKent State University
Occupation[1] Middlefield, Geauga, Ohio, United Statescoach and teacher, Cardinal High School
Occupation[1] Orwell, Ashtabula, Ohio, United Statesphysical education teacher, school librarian, football and basketball coach, athletic director, Grand Valley Schools
Occupation[8] Orwell, Ashtabula, Ohio, United StatesHead Basketball Coach for 29 years
Death[1][2] 12 May 2015 Ohio
Funeral[2] Orwell, Ashtabula, Ohio, United StatesSt. Marys Church
Religion[2] 2015 Rock Creek, Ashtabula, Ohio, United StatesRoman Catholic, Sacred Heart Catholic Church
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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Cardinal Huskies Facebook Page
    13 May 2015.

    Today, a great coach and a better man has passed away. Tom Henson was an outstanding three-sport athlete at Grand Valley High School, went away to college, and came back home to teach and coach and mentor quite a few generations of young people in his long and illustrious career.

    Older Cardinal Huskies will remember that before Tom and older brother Jim became the face of Grand Valley Athletics, each of them spent a stint early in their career teaching and coaching at Cardinal back in the 1970s. After cutting their teaching and coaching teeth in Middlefield, each was able get back home to Grand Valley where they personified the football program (Jim) and basketball program (Tom) for many years--although Tom was always Jim's defensive coordinator through the years. After Jim retired from GV and moved on to teach and coach at Edinboro University, Tom hung up his basketball whistle and became head football coach in the early 2000s, in addition to being the Mustangs' athletic director. The man did it all, and you couldn't go to any athletic event at GV and not run in to Tom and Carla.

    It was a privilege to play with Tom 'back in the day' and a privilege to coach against him later in the day. A true competitor, a mentor of young people for many years, and a devoted husband and dad--a good man. Hearts and prayers go out to the Henson family.

    (First Photo: Jim and Tom Henson in the CHS Yearbook, 1970s; Second Photo: Huskies football coaching staff, 1970s--Tom Henson to right of Coach Verno.)

  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Http:// Paine Funeral Home, Orwell, Ashtabula, Ohio
    13 May 2015.

    Paine Funeral Home, Inc.
    Thomas E Henson
    (June 16, 1948 - May 12, 2015)

    New Lyme Twp. --- Thomas Edward Henson – age 66, died peacefully at his home on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 with his family by his side. Born June 16, 1948, in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of Carroll and Josephine (Rein) Henson. Tom was married to his high school sweetheart and the love of his life, Carla Rae (Benton) Henson, on March 21, 1970. Having graduated from Kent State University in 1971, Tom was a teacher for 42 years. He taught at Middlefield Cardinal High School for five years and at Grand Valley High School for 37 years, earning Master’s Degrees in Health and Physical Education as well as Library Science. He coached multiple sports for more than 42 years, and also served as Athletic Director at Grand Valley for 13 years. Tom loved spending time with his wife, Carla, his children, and grandchildren. He had a love for sports, coaching, and teaching. He dedicated his life to his family and to the many student-athletes who walked the halls of Grand Valley High School. Tom’s joy in life was providing students with guidance along with words of encouragement and inspiration to be the best they could be on and off the field/court. Tom was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Rock Creek, where he also taught CCD with his wife, Carla, for several years. He was a member of the Ashtabula County Basketball Foundation Board of Directors, the Ashtabula County Touchdown Club, the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association, the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association, the Grand Valley Athletic Boosters and Boosters Hall of Fame Committee, as well as the Western Reserve Basketball Coaches Association. Through his service to the community, Tom was also a recipient of The Gene Gephart Service Award from the Ashtabula County Women’s Scholar Athlete Association; The Knights of Columbus Post 5589 St. Mary Church “Man of the Year” Award, and an award of Special Recognition was given to Tom and Carla for their years of service in the Grand Valley community from the Ashtabula County Basketball Foundation. He was a 2007 inductee into the Ashtabula County Basketball Foundation Hall of Fame and a 2014 inductee into the Grand Valley Athletic Hall of Fame along with his wife, Carla. Tom is survived by his wife and three children; Kimberly (Thomas) Triskett of Orwell, Kelly Henson of Orwell, and Krystal (Paul) Force of Kirtland, 6 grandchildren Anthony (21), Abigaile (15), Madalyn (11), Carmen (5), Jordan (5), Logan (1), and two brothers: James (Evelyn) Henson of Edinboro, PA, and Timothy Henson of Jefferson, OH. He is also survived by 6 nieces, 2 nephews, several great nieces and nephews, mother-in-law Betty Benton, as well as brother-and sister-in-law Al and Karen Benton. He was preceded in death by his parents, a stepmother (Margaret), two brothers Johnny and Jack, a sister Mary Margaret, and father-in-law Carl Benton.

    A Funeral Mass officiated by Rev. John Madden and will be held at St. Mary Church, 103 N. Maple Street, Orwell, OH 44076 on Friday, May 15th at 10am. Visitation will take place one hour prior to services at the church.

    Visitation will take place at St. Mary’s Church Hall on Thursday, May 14th from 4 to 8pm.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Ashtabula County Basketball Foundation @ 235 Broad St. P.O. Box 667, Conneaut, OH 44030; The Grand Valley Athletic Boosters in care of Justin Turk @ 111 Grand Valley Ave., Orwell, OH 44076, or to Hospice of the Western Reserve @ 1166 Lake Ave., Ashtabula, OH 44004. Envelopes will be available at visitation. Arrangements by Paine Funeral Home, Inc., 140 E. Main Street, Orwell, OH 44076. Condolences at

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    Henson's head held high - After seven seasons at helm, veteran GV coach comfortable with school's choice to turn program over to John Glavickas
    Star Beacon (Ashtabula, OH) - December 31, 2011
    Author/Byline: Vince Peluso

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    ACBF HOF Series — Another HOF for Henson - Former GV star will go through doors of basketball shrine Sunday
    Star Beacon (Ashtabula, OH) - April 3, 2013
    Author/Byline: Chris Larick, For the Star BeaconSection: Sports

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    Mighty Mustang Star Beacon (Ashtabula, OH) - August 15, 2014
    Author/Byline: VINCE PELUSO / Section: News

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    A Don McCormack column: Valley rivalry still special to Henson
    Star Beacon (Ashtabula, OH) - September 29, 2011ues

    Author/Byline: Don Mccormack Section: Sports

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    John’s town - Grand Valley tabs longtime assistant Glavickas as its new football coach
    Star Beacon (Ashtabula, OH) - December 20, 2011
    Author: Vince Peluso Section: Sports

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    Undefeated and unopposed - Grand Valley wins District 1 crown without playing a game
    Star Beacon (Ashtabula, OH) - July 17, 2013
    authorVince Peluso Section: Sports

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    Family affair - Kelly Henson will join her dad and her sister in the ACBF Hall of Fame
    Star Beacon (Ashtabula, OH) - March 3, 2009
    Author/Byline: KARL PEARSON section: Localsports