DAVID A. HENDERSON 

David A. Henderson

ORANGE — A celebration of life was held on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 5, 2017, at Witty’s Funeral Home in Orange for David A. “Hondo” Henderson, 64, of Mattawa Circle, who died unexpectedly at home on Oct. 19, from complications of diabetes.

Rev. James A. Ewen of the New Salem Congregational Church officiated and Janet Kraft was the organist. Following the service, a reception was held at R Cee’s Pub in downtown Orange.

Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, was honored with directing the arrangements.

ORANGE — Calling hours will be held Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., at Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, with a service to follow at 2:30 p.m., for David H. “Hondo” Henderson, 64, who died Oct. 19.

ORANGE — David A. “Hondo” Henderson, 64, of Mattawa Circle, died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017, from complications of diabetes.

Born in Holden on March 22, 1953, he was a son of the late Robert W. and Lois (Peterson) Henderson and grew up in New Salem and graduated from Ralph C. Mahar Regional School in Orange with the class of 1971.

David was previously married to Donna (Maillet).

Employed by the Rodney Hunt Company in Orange for a number of years, he worked as a machinist. David had also owned a wood chopping business, Cross Cut Saw, and bucked up and sold cordwood around the area.

A music enthusiast, David loved performing with the “Hooten Zanies” and had just enjoyed a performance this past Saturday. He had also sung bass in the New Salem Central Congregational Church choir for many years, where he was a member most of his life. A fan of rock and roll, David was a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

A huge Cleveland Indians fan, he was a member of the Chief Wahoo Club and had traveled to Cleveland several times to watch their games.

David had a heart of gold and enjoyed fishing and traveling, including to the Poconos, and was an expert model maker. David also had an affection for cats.

A huge racing fan, David traveled up and down the East coast from New England to Florida to watch races. He had been part owner of a race car at Monadnock Speedway in Winchester, N.H., and worked the pits at Riverside Raceway.

David is survived by his brother, Robert T. “Bo” Henderson and his wife, Janet, of New Salem; his beloved cat “Zelda,” who is now with Bo and Janet; and many friends and extended family.

David was predeceased by his mother in 1986 and by his father in 2011.

Calling hours will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m., on Nov. 5, at Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. at Witty’s Funeral Home in Orange on Nov. 5.

Interment in the New Salem Center Cemetery will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, you may contribute in David’s name to the Joslin Diabetes Foundation, 1 Joslin Pl., Boston, MA 02215. 

Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange, is directing the arrangements.

You may offer your sympathy online at www.wittyfuneralhome.com.

ORANGE — David A. “Hondo” Henderson, 64, of Mattawa Circle, died unexpectedly at home on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017 after being stricken ill. Funeral arrangements are pending with Witty’s Funeral Home, 158 South Main St., Orange.

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