Former Bishop Fenwick softball coach Ed Henry passed away after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 61.
The 1967 Fenwick graduate led the Crusaders to eight state titles, including one in 1985 and seven in succession beginning in 1990. In 2002, Henry was inducted into the Bishop Fenwick Hall of Fame for his accolades and building up the softball program.
"He was a teacher first and a coach second, and I don't mean a school teacher," McGloin said. "He was a teacher of life and all that was much more important than the winning or losing."
McGloin called Henry a "rule follower," explaining that Henry was the kind of coach who would bench his own family members if they didn't agree with him or they weren't good enough to be playing. But he was fair and sincere.
"He would make every person who played for him feel important," she explained. "Doesn't matter if you were a starting pitcher or a pinch runner off the bench ... He took everyone's effort and everyone practicing hard to be good and he appreciated everybody."
Henry is a figure the Bishop Fenwick community will dearly miss, said athletic director Dave Woods.
"It's a sad day in Fenwick history for sure," Woods said. "He was a legend in the state, one of the best coaches ever in the state. Everyone here at Fenwick's going to miss him. He definitely put Fenwick softball on the map, and he's going to be missed by a lot of people."
Henry's wake will be 3 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Campbell Funeral Home at 525 Cabot St in Beverly. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Paul's Church at 50 Union Street in South Hamilton.
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