Henry J.


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Andover - Henry Powell, best known as "Hank," died peacefully at age 86 in Haverhill, Mass., on June 7.
A son of Lowell, Hank was indelibly connected to both the sea and the Merrimack Valley. A graduate of UMass Lowell, Hank was a CIC Naval Air Officer whose missions from Hawaii to Alaska were often interrupted so that he could play baseball against rival military teams in Chicago.
Along with his beloved wife, MJ (deceased), Hank raised four children and co-founded Powell Corporation, a non-woven manufacturing company in Haverhill. Always community minded, Hank established the Powell Family Scholarships at UMass Lowell and vigorously supported access to college education for students from Lawrence and Lowell.
Whether you already knew his values or business acumen, Hank stood apart no matter where you encountered him. He was simultaneously reserved and the most affable guy in the room. A modest steward of integrity, Hank was courageous and empathic throughout his life. He was an ardent feminist, entrepreneur, inspiring grandfather; a lover of golf, baseball, and fine cigars. His presence will be sorely missed.
Hank is survived by his beloved sister, Patricia; daughters, Maren and Jenna; daughter-in-law Lisa; his sons, Andrew and Jason; son-in-law, John; and his five grandchildren, Nora, Burgess, Jake, Ella, and Max.
Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his funeral Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, June 14, at 10 a.m., in Sacred Hearts Church, 165 South Main St. (Route 125), Bradford, MA. Interment with naval honors will be private in the Lowell Cemetery, Lowell, Mass. Arrangements are by the H.L. Farmer & Sons Funeral Homes, Bradford - Haverhill.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: UMass Lowell: uml.edu/ or 978-934-3224, Henry J. Powell Lawrence High School Endowed Scholarship for University Success, Powell Family Endowment Scholarship; or to the YWCA of Greater Lawrence: ywcanema.org/ or 978-687-0331, Lawrence, MA; or to the Southern Poverty Law Center: splcenter.org, or 334-956-8408 Montgomery, AL. To share a memory or for more information please visit www.farmerfuneralhomes.com.
Published on June 13, 2019
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Robin Ellington CLASS, Inc.
Jun 11, 2019
Hank was a tireless supporter of CLASS with his close friend, John Good, and was a regular at our annual golf tournaments. We at CLASS are so grateful for Hank's time and commitment. I've enclosed a photo of his foursome at the Barry Faye Memorial Golf Tournament 2011.