RVA Film Maker and ‘Family Guy’ Writer Has Passed Away

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“Patrick was always available, always there to give his opinion. He was thoughtful and he was a great friend to everyone. As a filmmaker, I consider him to be of the highest caliber,” said his brother Mike Henry, 51, one of his closest collaborators over the years.

HENRY, Patrick Sullivan, of Richmond, Va., died peacefully on the afternoon of January 9, 2017 at age 45. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles Russell Henry of Richmond; aunt, Sheila Keech of Tavares, Fla.; and aunt, Nancy Soggs of Eerie, Pa. He is survived by his mother, Barbara Sullivan Henry of Richmond; brother, Michael Henry (Sara) of Richmond; nephew, Jack Henry; niece, Josie Henry; stepmother, Tina Henry of Richmond; aunt, Cathy Sullivan of Columbus, Ohio; aunt, Elizabeth Minkowetz (Richard) of Cleveland, Ohio; uncle, H. John Henry (Helen) of Camden, N.J.; aunt, Lois DeDad (Mike) of Erie, Pa. and David Ortiz of the Boston Red Sox. Patrick was born on November 5, 1971 in Richmond. He attended Richmond Montessori School and Maybeury Elementary and graduated from Collegiate School in 1990. He spent two years at James Madison University before transferring to the Rhode Island School of Design, where he triple-majored, earning a BFA in Film/Video/Animation in 1995. He then began a documentary film about the Arthur Ashe statue on Monument Avenue before moving to New York City and working as a commercial video editor and collaborating with his brother on comedy projects. The Henry Brothers created lots of memorable short films and won Best of Show at the 1996 Richmond Ad Show for a spot they made for the Texas-Wisconsin Border Caf�,��sh. Patrick then moved to Los Angeles, where he wrote and helped generate story ideas for 20th Century Fox’s “Family Guy” and “The Cleveland Show.” He and his brother also created the critically acclaimed web series, “Kicked in the Nuts.” Google it. Patrick later returned to Richmond and followed his passion into another documentary, this one about The Red Wiggler Community Farm, a working organic farm in Maryland, which employs mentally handicapped adults. He most recently produced a TV pilot with his brother in Richmond. Patrick was kind, thoughtful, generous, extremely funny and an artist to his core. As a youth, he was an amazing athlete. At age seven, he played goalie for the fledgling Richmond Strikers soccer club, anchoring many tournament championships back when travel sports was just becoming a thing. At Tuckahoe Little League, he was a terror on the mound and at the plate. He threw several no-hitters as the Majors Orioles went 39-1 during his 11 and 12-year-old seasons. When he was 11, he helped lead the Majors American All-Stars to the state finals. When he was 12, he homered in the bottom of the 5th in the district semi-final to put TLL up 3-2, but in the top of the 6th, he broke his arm diving off the mound for a grounder. That was the team’s last win and an upsetting sign of things to come for Patrick’s body. At age two, he had been diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes, a ticking bomb. He was a four-year starter on Collegiate’s Varsity Baseball team, throwing a no-hitter his freshman year and earning All-Prep Honors for three years and All-Metro his senior year. He also played Varsity Basketball. After high school and a series of injuries, he hung up the spikes. His musical career was a lost cause as he played the drums for two years in a high school band called “Lost Cause.” In college, his focus turned to filmmaking, which was his life’s passion. Along with the Boston Red Sox and the band U2. He watched every game on TV and never missed a U2 tour. Patrick was ALWAYS there for his friends and his family. Even through his last eight brutal years, during which diabetes took an unrelenting toll on his body. He fought like a champion, but never let on how much he was going through. His light will shine on in all who knew him. A funeral service will be held on Friday, January 13, at 11 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 9505 Gayton Road in Henrico. A reception will follow at The Country Club of Virginia’s James River Clubhouse and a brief graveside service will take place at 3 p.m. at Westhampton Memorial Cemetery.

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