Henry Diamond passed away on February 4, 2022. He was one of three children born to Louis and Mildred Diamond. Henry was born in Detroit on May 23, 1943. His family moved often when he was young, and Henry was regularly making new friends and losing old ones. As a young adult, Henry moved and worked at various jobs in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
In 1976, he moved to Canton for work and began his college studies at Kent State University. He was earning credits in education but found himself spending much of his time in the theater department. Henry moved to Youngstown and joined WYSU radio station as a board operator. He was actively involved in the Youngstown Playhouse, first as a volunteer, then as desk clerk and house manager. In addition to his theater work, Henry was a regular substitute teacher in Youngstown City Schools.
Henry was married and had two children, David, who now lives near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Becky, who lives in Canton, Ohio. He had active relationships with both children, especially sharing his enthusiasm for theater with David. Henry would often express his pride in the work of his children. He enjoyed the opportunity to share some of the stories of Becky’s nursing career and David’s work as an EMT.
Henry had a close relationship with Al Strobel, A”H’ and they became regular attendees at Children of Israel Congregation. After Al died, Henry continued his association with Children of Israel, wearing Tallis and Tefillin during services. He surprised his father with his ongoing participation in activities at the Orthodox congregation.
During his active involvement at Children of Israel, Henry competed with Merv Hollander for the title, “Worst Comedian.” During kiddush lunches members of the congregation would good-naturedly groan as Henry and Merv each tried to outdo the other with jokes.
During his last three years, Henry battled recurring health issues, all with an upbeat attitude. Henry’s infectious laughter will be missed.
Services were provided by Shriver-Allison-Courtley-Weller-King Funeral Home and internment was at Children of Israel Cemetery.
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