Henry Kabis, III, age 71, of Green Township, NJ, passed away on Tuesday, February 22, 2022 at Hackensack University Medical Center. Henry was born November 25, 1950, in Newark, NJ, to the late Henry Jr. and Madeline Marie Kabis, his loving parents. In addition to his parents, Henry is preceded in death by his dear sister, Catherine Kabis, his two brothers-in-law, Vincenzo Pereira and James R. Crawford, and his father-in-law, James G. R. Crawford, who loved him like a son. He is also preceded by two dear friends, Gary Neihart of Florida and Vermont and David Peterson of New Jersey.
He served proudly in the Army in Korea during the Vietnam War. Henry was employed by Verizon, most recently in Morristown, NJ, as a Network Technician for 38 years before his retirement in 2007.
He and his wife vacationed each year with their children to South Carolina, Virginia or Disneyworld and for the last 24 years to South Londonderry, Vermont, to Magic View, the home they own there. Henry and his wife, Linda, built a custom Victorian style home on a separate piece of their adjoining property. This home was built by Ken Ameden, a talented master Vermont carpenter. Henry would readily admit that Ken taught him most of his carpentry skills as he assisted Ken with the building of that home. He shared those learned skills with others until right before his passing.
After retirement Henry and his wife traveled often to Maine and New England, Florida, Washington, Montana, Wyoming and Utah visiting national parks in those states. His most favorite trip was to Alaska when they cruised the inside passage then drove by car to interior Alaska, catching his daily limit of silver salmon on several fly-out trips. Traveling by bus all the way to the heart of Denali National Park was another special memory.
His very favorite thing was to be in Vermont to relax and go trout fishing in his special places, including Lake Shaftsbury, Hapgood Pond and Otter Creek. Henry was so happy to tell anyone who asked where they could catch the big ones. He gave all his trout catches to local Vermont friends who enjoyed fresh fish. On Vermont’s Free Fishing Day, he would help teach children how to fish, often giving them one of his many fishing poles and sharing fishing tips with anyone who would listen.
He was a skilled woodworker and handyman and entirely gut-renovated his 100 year old home in Green Township where they live now (formerly of Denville, Rockaway Borough and Ledgewood). He was always there to help anyone with a project with his extensive knowledge about home repair, and did so because he could and he loved doing it.
Henry can only be thought of in superlatives in his professional and personal lives and had a kind heart for everyone. Above all he was an amazing, loving and kind husband, father and grandfather, wonderful provider to the family, and was a great friend to all who knew him. He never missed an opportunity to share his pride in his daughters’ accomplishments. Family and friends were everything to him.
Henry was an integral part of his family’s 25 year involvement with the volunteer Seeing Eye Puppy Project welcoming 31 different puppies into his home. Those pups later went on to be trained to become guide dogs for The Seeing Eye. Every one of those puppies just loved Henry.
Knowing how hard he fought in his battle with acute t-cell lymphoma, he was a true inspiration; never once complaining, through aggressive chemo treatments, a research trial, and many extended hospital stays. Thinking we might lose him this past summer, we then watched him gracefully walk Kristin down the aisle in spite of it all.
How lucky we were to have him in our life. Henry was the absolute best guy in the entire world. He was always ready to do anything for anyone, with a smile. He was the greatest example of how a person should be and anyone who knew him, loved him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years: Linda B. Kabis, his three beloved daughters, Lauren Kabis and partner Charles Hayes, Kristin Jacobson and husband Erik, Michele Marcino and husband Michael, his cherished granddaughter and light of his life, Adele Kurnath, his wonderful brother, Robert Kabis and wife Linda, a dear sister, Regina Kabis, three nephews, Craig and Glen Kabis, Anthony Pereira and a niece, Jennifer Campisi, husband Steven and grandniece, Madison. He is also survived by his 99 year old mother-in-law, Barbara D. Crawford, who adored him. In addition, he is survived by his career change Seeing Eye puppy and registered therapy dog, Llana, and grand-dogs Sabrina and Maple Biscuit.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 3 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm at Cochran Funeral Home, 905 High Street, Hackettstown, NJ.
The funeral service will be held at 7:30pm on Thursday, March 3, at the funeral home with Chaplain Mario Spadaro officiating.
If you would like to honor Henry in NJ or your state, go freshwater fishing on your state’s free fishing day.
If you wish to make a donation in Henry’s name, visit SeeingEye.org.
Register to be a stem cell donor at BeTheMatch.org.
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