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Henry E. Bounds, 65

FLORIDA, Mass. — Henry Eugene Bounds, 65, of 74 Monroe Road died Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, at North Adams Regional Hospital after he was stricken earlier in the day. A member of the Florida Memorial Committee, he was a former member of the Board of Selectmen, School Committee and Finance Committee. Born in North Adams on Aug. 4, 1948, son of Warren and Bessie Holt Bounds, he attended schools in the town of Florida and graduated from Drury High School in North Adams. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he served in the Army. Mr. Bounds was last employed by Yellow Freight Co. for more than 20 years until his retirement. He was a member of the Teamsters Union, had previously driven trucks for Paramount and MGM movie companies and, for many years, competed in National Truck Championships across the country. A minister, he was the interim pastor of Florida Baptist Church, where he was also an active member, serving on the Board of Deacons and as a trustee. He leaves behind his church family who he loved so much and his adult Sunday School class, who inspired him every week. He was also a volunteer at the Friendship Center in North Adams and helped people with transportation to hospitals. He also was a volunteer for many years with the Adams Agricultural Fair, working as a judge for the fairs local photography contest and the fairs official photographer. He loved to pursue his passion of photography by filming weddings, local events, and views from our natural landscapes on adventures with his beloved dog, Ginger. He and his wife, the former Sheila Gregory, were married on Sept. 5, 1970, in Cheshire. Besides his wife, he leaves a daughter, Jennifer A. Therrien and her husband, Thomas, of Savoy; a son, Rick Bounds of Westborough; his brother, William Bounds and his wife, Becky, of Jackson, Miss.; his twin sister, Henrietta Pyeatt and her husband, Robert, of Broken Arrow, Okla.; his granddaughter, Nora Bessie Therrien of Savoy, who was the apple of grandpa's eye, and nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind his extended McDonald family, especially his dear friend Phyllis Blair. The family asks that in Mr. Bound's memory, take time today to extend a hand to someone in love, friendship or support. FUNERAL NOTICE — The funeral for Mr. Bounds will be Thursday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m. at Florida Baptist Church. Burial will be in the spring in Florida Church Cemetery. Calling hours will be Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 4 to 7 at Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams. Please omit flowers. Memorial contributions may be made to Florida Baptist Church or the Friendship Center in care of the funeral home. Today we lost our beloved, but heaven is rejoicing as they welcome home another angel. Godspeed "Mr. Fantastic": John 3:16
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Henry was an incredible person. I met him thru his photography. A man with a constant smile and he always exhibited a positive attitude. He always enjoyed people in photos and thru interaction at public and private events. I'll miss him for his positive personality and love of life.
from: Paul Guillotteon: 02-26-2014

Henry touched so many lives and was full of life and always took the time to talk to anyone,anytime,anywhere.As we mourn the loss of a great friend and a("FANTASTIC")family member,he will be missed but not forgotten and may he R.I.P.
from: Tom Ostranderon: 02-26-2014

Sheila, Jenn & Rich;
So sorry to hear about the passing of your husband, dad and friend. Henry was in the office on Friday afternoon for a certificate, he seemed so happy as usual, we talked about the kids as usual. I was so lucky to have know Henry and his wonderful family. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
from: Marilyn Gomeauon: 02-25-2014

Henry first cousin...and I only just became aware of you through your book "The Secret of the Black Onion".

I spoke with you only once (about two weeks ago) and was so looking forward to meeting you in person.

Your passing so suddenly has shaken me you can see acceptance has not yet come as I speak of you as being present. For me, you are...God be with all who held you dear to their hearts.
from: Jess Whitneyon: 02-25-2014


So sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family.
from: Jason Snoonianon: 02-25-2014

May you find comfort from Jesus in this time of great grief.
from: Michael Harveyon: 02-25-2014

Sheila, Jenn and Rick, My deepest condolences to you. Henry was such an inspiration to me and many others.He helped people to view their day as being Fantastic, instead of just ok. He taught me to see that it was fantastic to be blessed with the Lords presence and love each and every day, no matter how my physical body felt. Henry will be deeply missed by all that wet him. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
from: patti phillipson: 02-25-2014

Sheila,Jenn and the Bounds family,
My heart goes out to all of you. He was a special man.Brought smiles to everyone he met. Thoughts,prayers and hugs sent your way. RIP "Mr.Fan-tas-tic... Love to all..
from: Christinaon: 02-25-2014

Rick and family,
Thinking of you with thoughts of peace and courage. Deeply sorry to hear about the death of your Dad.
from: Cheryl Labriolaon: 02-25-2014

sheila, Jen, Rick & family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Henry was a very special man. We will miss him
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