Hank was born in a brownstone in Brooklyn & raised in Floral Park,Queens.
He graduated from Archbishop Molloy High School & Marist College with a BA in English.
He married Karen Vitale in 1970.
He then served in the US Army as an airborne sergeant.
Upon discharge from the service, he worked as a pressman for the New York Daily News for eleven years & then for the New York Times till his retirement in 2013.
Hank was an avid reader & he loved technology.
He was the first in town to have a home computer.
In 1980 he ran for school board & got hooked on politics.
He worked in many election campaigns & was the president of a local civic association.
He became a county committeeman & deputy zone leader of the Valley Stream Democratic organization.
He was vice president of the V.S.Democratic Club.
Karen’s involvement in the Valley Stream Historical Society brought him a new interest & he went on to be a trustee & president of the organization.
Hank was known for his quirky personality & sense of humor. Karen often said that he didn’t march to a different drum, he marched to a different orchestra.
He was a good sport, dressing in costumes for parties. His harem girl was legendary.
He loved (respectful ) spirited discussions & debates
He was passionate about issues like social justice & tolerance.
He was a loyal & sensitive friend who loved to gently tease.
He enjoyed a true friendship with his brother & sister-in-law & doted on his niece.
He was a loving, super supportive, & very affectionate husband.
He never let his many health challenges dampen his spirits.
Hank is survived by his wife of 52 years, his brother, Joseph, his sister-in-law, Marilou, & his niece Coleen.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the
PARISH OUTREACH AT HOLY NAME OF MARY RC CHURCH or
the VALLEY STREAM HISTORICAL SOCIETY