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Henry H. Hommes

August 6, 2010
Lake Placid News

    WESTPORT — Essex County Sheriff Henry H. Hommes, 68, of Lake Shore Road, died Friday, July 30, 2010 at his home.

    He was born June 8, 1942 in Wayne, N.J., the son of Peter and Betty (DeKnight) Hommes.

    Sheriff Hommes dedicated his entire life to public service at the national, state and county level. He spent two years as an MP in the United States Army. 

    He became a New York state trooper in 1966 and retired in 1987 as a member of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation. After retirement he worked as a special

investigator for the sheriff’s office until serving three years as undersheriff. In 1996 he was elected Essex County sheriff, a position he held until his death. 

    He was also active in several community organizations including the Keeseville BPOE Elks Lodge, the Essex chapter of the American Legion and the Essex County Agricultural Society.

     In his spare time, Henry was an avid sportsman. He enjoyed spending time at his home in the country with his friends and family. His most treasured time was spent as “Grampy” to his three grandchildren.

     He is survived by three children and their spouses: son David Hommes and daughter-in-law Michelle of Lewis, daughter Dawn Salmon and son-in-law Patrick of Atlanta, Ga., son Scott Hommes and daughter-in-law Jessie of Willsboro; three grandchildren: Olivia, Raegan and Bradie; two aunts: Grace DeKnight of Hawthorne, N.J., Harriet and Bob Watkins of Bath, Pa.; one brother-in-law Michael MacDougal of Essex; a niece and husband Heather and David Reynolds of Westport; and a nephew and wife Andrew and Maghan MacDougal of Essex.

     He was predeceased by his mother and father, Peter and Betty Hommes; one brother Roger; and an uncle Clarence DeKnight.

     Calling hours were held Tuesday, Aug. 3 at W.M. Marvin’s Sons funeral home in Elizabethtown. A funeral service was conducted by the Rev. Fred Shaw  Wednesday, Aug. 4 at the Elizabethtown-Lewis Central School auditorium. Burial followed in Reber Cemetery in Reber, then a reception was held at the Keeseville Elks Lodge.

     In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Sgt. Eric P. Loiselle Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 68, Lewis, NY 12950 or the FitzPatrick Cancer Center at CVPH Medical Center, Plattsburgh NY 12901.

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