James Frank Henry was a lifelong Coronado resident. He was the son of Richard Henry and Marie Frankenberger Henry and he had one sister, Joy.
He graduated from Coronado High School in 1950 and was stationed shortly after in Alaska as an Air Force service member during the Korean War. He then returned to Coronado and continued to work for the military as a civilian efficiency expert on North Island until 1986.
He married Carol Broadfield on Dec. 22, 1957 and they had three children, Christina, Mark, and Walter.
Following retirement, he split his time between Coronado and the house he built himself in Julian.
Throughout his life, he witnessed many of Coronado’s greatest changes. As a child he lived in Tent City and remembered taking the trolley down Orange Avenue. As a teenager he cycled into Tijuana to play jai alai and he commuted by ferry to work as a bicycle courier in San Diego before the bridge opened. He even rode the car commuter ferry on its very final day of operation in 1969.
He is survived by his wife Carol Broadfield Henry; his three children Christina Henry (Jonathan) Fong, Mark (Michelle) Henry, and Walter (Katie Malone) Henry; and three grandchildren, Virginia Aparicio, Rachel Aparicio, and Cory Fong.