Henri Joseph Agnese


Henri Joseph Agnese, 85, died March 27, 2020, in Ellsworth. He was born April 30, 1934, in Bar Harbor, the son of Joseph Louis and Anna Marie (Wetzel) Agnese.

Henri graduated in 1948 from Gould Academy in Bethel. In that year, Gould was either $2,000 or $4,000 a year. He said he ate more than that. He played football, baseball and basketball. Recruited for athletics, he attended Duke University in North Carolina for one year, before finding his master hairdresser calling. In September 1954, Henri married his longtime sweetheart, Jacqueline Frances Hodgkins, and they launched into a rare love story, partnering in love and in business.

Henri had many other talents — a gifted golfer, card player, conversationalist and digger of landscaping holes. Henri and his wife loved to dance, and, in those days, there were two dances a week to attend. They played a lot of cards with family and friends and then every Thursday night was poker night. He was on boards and supported countless school and community committees. They spent many years cross-country skiing and hiking in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire, and went on many trips near and far. They went on three two-week river cruises to France, Italy and Germany. He and Jackie spent some very memorable fly-fishing times both at Kidney Pond and Red River Camps and decades of summers at their second home “Fern Cove” on Long Pond. Jackie said, “I’m sure Henri’s friends are saying, ‘What took you so long, we’ve been waiting for you to play golf, poker and cribbage with us!’”

Henri is survived by his wife of 65 years, Jackie; two daughters, Cheryl Agnese of Camden and Michelle Agnese of Tremont; a son, Roger Agnese, and wife, Terry, of Freeport; five grandchildren — Anna Damon and Erik Hansen, Zachary Damon; Joshua Shelton and wife, Meredith, Christopher Shelton and wife, Courtney, and Griffin Agnese; five great-grandchildren, Henri and Holden Hansen, Thatcher and Eloise Shelton, Kellen Shelton; and a sister-in-law, Allison Guidi.

Due to COVID-19, a celebration of Henri’s life will be held at a later date.

Those who desire may make contributions in Henri’s memory to the Acadia Wildlife Foundation, P.O. Box 207, Mount Desert, ME 04660 or the Parish of St. Mary & St. Jude, P.O. Box 105, Northeast Harbor, ME 04662.

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert.

Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.

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