Henry Besson

henry besson

October 28, 1932 ~ March 18, 2019

Resided in: Fremont, California

Henry Besson, beloved husband, father, grandfather, and soon to be great grandfather passed away the morning of March 18, 2019 at the age of 86. Henry was born and raised in Chiang Rai, Thailand before moving to Jakarta, Indonesia later in his teens. From there Henry moved to The Netherlands where he became employed as an engineer aboard a Swedish merchant marine vessel. After nearly a decade traveling the world Henry began a family with his loving wife Maria and emigrated to the United States where he worked many years in machine maintenance for Caterpillar Tractor in San Leandro, CA. Henry later worked fifteen years with Hewlett-Packard as an HVAC technician until retirement in 1997. He was a lover of jazz, enjoyed soccer and boxing and was an avid supporter of local youth soccer. A wonderful cook who enjoyed camping, hunting, and fishing, he never missed an opportunity to tell a humorous story. Henry was preceded in death by his mother Kosol, his father George, and his sister Monique. He is survived by his wife Maria, sons Marcel, Emil, and Gilbert, grandsons Christopher and Alex, granddaughters Jacqueline and Collette, his sisters Helene and Colette, and his brothers Ben and Alex. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday March 26th 3-4pm at Berge Pappas Smith Chapel of the Angels 40842 Fremont Blvd. Fremont CA 94538

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  1. Dear Besson Family,

    Henry was a fun person to be around. He and Maria welcomed me in to their family as soon as I meet them.
    I know that Henry will be missed by his family and friends. I have thought of him and the family throughout the past years.
    May you Rest In Peace and may your loving memories last forever. With Love, Nora

  2. To the whole Besson family I send love and best wishes for you all to get through this time. I also wish your dad Peace…..hes earned it! Emil…. Always know how special you are to me! love Mom Horton

  3. We send our love and deepest condolences to the Besson family. We hope that the beautiful memories you hold of your sweet Henry will carry you through the difficult moments. Peace and love. The McGowan family.

  4. My condolences dear family.

    I wish you a lot of comfort and strength with the loss of this beautiful man.

    Lot off greetings,

    Marijke van den Heuvel.

  5. Dear family,

    It fills me with great sadness to learn that Henry has passed away.
    I remember, and will always remember, him vividly as my cheerful, humorous and always candid ‘uncle’ from far away. The (too) few occasions that I had the pleasure of being with him will always stay in my memory and in my heart.

    I wish you strength with your great loss.

    May he rest In Peace.

    Lots of love,


  6. Thoughts and prayers to the Besson family. I’ve known the family since I was around 10 and Mr Besson was our soccer coach. He was a great coach and role model to a lot of us kids. RIP Mr Besson you will truly be missed by all that have known you.

  7. Henry was a unique and interesting man, far beyond what a simple obituary could express. We thoroughly enjoyed our brief experiences with him, and we have often reflected on those times. He will be missed and we offer condolences to Maria and family.

  8. My heart goes out to the entire family, including Maria, Marcel, Emil, & Gil. May God comfort you in this time of sorrow. Henry was such a sweet man who brought so much life to this world. I will remember him for being such a good man who brought lots of laughter. He will be missed! RIP Henry with our loving God…We love & will miss you!

  9. Heel veel sterkte lieve Maria en kinderen en kleinkinderen. Harrie was een fantastisch mens.
    Voor altijd in ons hart!
    Liefs Manon

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