Henri J. Floch

Henri J. Floch passed on Tuesday July 3, 2012. Henri was born on June 1, 1928 in Brooklyn, NY to his late parents, Henri G. and Martha (LeCoz) Floch, both newly immigrated from France. While still a young boy, Henri got the opportunity to live in France, with fond memories. Growing up Brooklyn during his youth, he enjoyed immensely, all the city had to offer. Sit with him long enough, and you were bound to hear stories about jumping off piers and swimming in the East River. The wonder of museums, large and small, having to carry home whole fish head and tails intact, or a chicken still to be plucked from the open air markets. Visiting Coney Island, and seeing many jazz musicians greats when they were just starting out. He met his wife Doris, of nearly 58 years, also a Brooklyn native, on a blind date while in college. He showed up with live lab rats in cages in the back seat of his car! He must have made a good impression, though. After graduating S.U.N.Y Oswego, he started teaching the sciences at Phoenix Central Schools, Phoenix, NY. Henri was drafted by the U.S. Army soon after the Korean War began. Upon his return, he resumed teaching, that he loved so much. He often credited the Principal, Mr. John C. Birdlebough, for shepherding him through all the steps as a new teacher. Henri and Doris were married in 1954. Soon they started a family by having three daughters. His family was his pride and joy, and together Henri and Doris gave their children a rich an loving life. They taught them the beauty of a quiet beach, the joy of a good book, and the simple pleasure of a campfire. Henri went on to teach children and to also Shepherd new teachers himself for over 38 years. His students often came on their lunch breaks to feed the many fish, rats, hamsters and gerbils, that he kept in his classroom. He always wanted to make the learning of science exciting and interesting for all kids that came his way. Henri was excited and proud to put these ideas on paper. He wrote and published two science textbook over his career. Whether he was showing his much loved grandson where the mouth was located on a sand dollar specimen, or taking his cherished daughters to see “just one more ” museum, or walking with his beloved wife and many beagles on the shores of Lake Ontario. He was a good and kind, and a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Henri leaves behind his wife, Doris (Burkle); and daughters Margot Floch and her husband, Greg Irving, Nancy Mansson and her partner, Sheila Blais, Barbara Floch and her partner, Bonnie Foley; grandson, Andrew Mansson and his wife, Christina Mansson; and two great-grandchildren, Henry and Jillian Mansson. The family would love to share your love and remembrance of Henri on Thursday July 12, 2012,between the hours of 4 and 7 p.m. at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY 13135. The family is planning on establishing a scholarship fund in Henri’s name in the near future. Please and thank you for making your donations directly to the family at this time.

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  1. Dear Barb and Family,
    So sorry to hear about your Dad… he was a fine teacher who inspired many students with his love of science.

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