Hugh J. Henderson - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Hugh J. Henderson

July 4, 1957 - August 28, 2022

Hugh J. Henderson, 65, of Newark, Delaware, passed away in his sleep on August 28, 2022.

He was born in Norfolk, VA, on July 4th, 1957, to the late Robert E. and Ada Marsh Henderson.  He grew up in Rome, NY, and graduated from Rome Free Academy in 1975 and SUNY Geneseo in 1979.

He was a buyer for Coatesville Scrap for 30 years. His son, Bobby, said it best “He lived a simple life. He loved his family, his work, his condo at the beach, reading, Irish Whiskey, the Red Sox, and the Bills.” Hugh was not a joiner but was a founding member of the Cedar Neck Fireball Society. He would not want a “flowery” or long obituary so these are “the facts, just the facts”.

Hugh is survived by his wife of 39 years, Deborah Smith Henderson; children, Robert (Laura) of Holland, PA, Kathleen Regina of Langhorne, PA, and Christopher of Pittsburgh, PA; granddaughters, Olivia and Lucy Henderson; siblings, Robin Logan, David Henderson (Sabrina), and Ruth Flanders (Steve); nephew, Joshua Henderson; sister-in-law, Katie Iko; and brother-in-law, Gavin Smith (Mary).

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 5 pm to 7 pm on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, Delaware. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 pm at the funeral home on Wednesday, September 7, 2022. Interment will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery.

A GoFundMe account, “Hugh Henderson’s Music Program Memorial Fund” has been created for those who wish to make a donation in his memory.


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  • So very sorry for your loss. Hugh was a great guy and a Prometheus Brother at SUNY Geneseo.
    I have posted this to the Prometheus FB site.
    Hold the Fort Brother

  • I’m so sorry to hear of Hugh’s passing. A great guy and fun human being. His stories of the scrap business were legendary. He had a quick mind and could see how to make sense of business deals that seemed complicated to everyone else. I always felt a little sorry for Robert growing up, because there was no way he could ever come up with a cover story that Hugh would buy as he had heard it all. But I honestly felt Robert was lucky to have such a cool dad.

    Love you Hugh. You left us too soon.

  • Sorry to hear about the passing of my old high school friend Hugh. My condolences to his family.

  • So sorry for your loss. Hugh was a great guy. Remember talking with him prior to our class reunion at the hotel and it was nice. Tough to see people that are classmates pass away. RIP.

  • My deepest sympathy to Hugh’s entire family. I almost lost it watching the Keepsake memorial. I haven’t seen or heard from Hugh until last year when his Mother passed. I sent a card with my phone number and was so glad when he called me. Haven’t seen Hugh since our RFA days, over 45 years ago. So many memories from our days growing up in Delta Terrace. A nicer guy, pal or friend cannot be found. So grateful to have known Hugh.

  • Hi,I’m so sorry for your loss my prayers with you all. Sheri L House Holt. I knew your mother she was my old speech teacher.I think I need all by her story she told me about you. God bless you all.