On January 21, 2015, Henry Betancourt was reunited with his devoted wife, Anna in Heaven. Henry was born in Marti Matanzas, Cuba on July 15, 1926, to Diego and Matilda Betancourt. He was 88 years old.
He is predeceased by his parents, eight brothers and one sister, Caridad Cano, and favorite sister-in-law, Elsie Louzao. His wife, Anna, passed in 2012.
Henry is survived by his daughter, Joyce and her husband, Lee Zawistowski and son, John Betancourt, of Newburgh, NY. Included in his extended family are Bonnie Noyes of Contoocook, NH and Sandy and Perry Fisher of Newburgh, NY who were loved as if they were his own children. Henry had numerous nieces and nephews. He loved his dogs, BaileyBelle and DarbyGrace who brought him much comfort.
He was always proud of his Cuban heritage, but was grateful to be an American citizen. He intrigued many with his undistinguishable accent. Henry was very involved in The First Baptist Church of Newburgh, NY as treasurer and deacon for many years.
He was employed by Duvernoy Bakery in Mount Vernon, Lloyds bakery in Newburgh and ended his career as a baker at West Point Academy. He was known for the wonderful treats that came from his own kitchen, especially his flan.
Henry loved people and was known for his gift of gab. Everyone who visited with him walked away with a smile. It always gave him great joy to be able to help others. He was our go-to-guy!
Visitation will take place from 10 to 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 24th at the Leptondale Bible Church, 1771 Route 300, Newburgh, NY. Funeral Service is to follow visitation. Rev. Bruce Baker will officiate. Burial will follow the service at Cedar Hill Cemetery.
Many thanks go to the staff at Elant of Meadow Hill for the tender care given to Henry these last few weeks.
Henry appreciated the care given to his wife, Anna, by Hospice. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations in Anna and Henry's memory to Hospice of Orange and Sullivan, 800 Stony Brook Court, Newburgh, New York 12550.