We lost my dad, Herbert Henig, in April of last year. He was 93 and his body gave up on him...
We lost my dad, Herbert Henig, in April of last year. He was 93 and his body gave up on him before he gave up on it...He loved life and living, and a big reason he felt he lived so long was because of swimming, it was his life. And the MIYJCC was the center of that life for him, and for us, especially after he passed.
Dad was a presence at Mid Island, everyone knew him, loved him, and took great care of him. The pool was his home.
As a way to honor and remember him, and to turn his passing into something that would be positive, into an act of love and remembrance that he too would have treasured, the Y helped set up a fund in his honor that would support an existing swimming program for kids with disabilities. Dad would have adored this. It was a way for us to give back to the Y, for friends and family to help honor his fun and unique spirit, and it was a way to help another generation of swimmers in the pool, where he himself found love and a cherished home.