Usually the fare on our blog is light and fun. With much sadness in our hearts, this is neither one of those posts nor one of those weeks.
Our co-worker and friend Henry Mackaman succumbed yesterday to meningitis. He fought hard and nobly. His family and friends were there at his bedside when he left us. He will be terribly missed. No one here at Murfie was surprised with his generosity in being an organ donor, and Henry’s untimely death may provide up to 54 other people with the chance for a better life of their own.
As our blog readers know, Henry was a contributor here, penning, stellarly, our fledgling “This Week in Music History” column. It was great.
In addition to his many other skills and talents, Henry was a musician and played guitar in his band Phantom Vibration. Take a listen to the track Sapience, which Henry wrote. It oddly seems to fit the mood at Murfie HQ – and everywhere else where people who loved Henry are mourning.
Henry had a huge, bright smile, and a genuinely happy personality. Everybody loved being around him. One of our managers shared, “I’ll never forget meeting this quirky kid for the first time in his interview. He came in with his long board, sweating after skating up State Street.”
Our friend had a great mind, and a kind heart, and no one will ever forget him.
Rest in Peace, Henry.
Update: If you’d like to make a donation in tribute to Henry to St. Paul Central High School Music Boosters, The Henry Mackaman Scholarship at the University of Wisconsin Foundation, and/or Minnesota Public Radio “The Current”, please follow this link: http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/henrymackaman