Henry Parus

Obituary of Henry G. Parus

Henry G. Parus, age 69, passed away November 14, 2020 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse. He is survived by his wife of 40 years, Jean; his sister, Christine; brother, Joseph; and lifelong friend, George Hirniak. Henry became a naturalized citizen as a teenager and graduated from Clifton Senior High school in New Jersey in 1970. Initially “Hank” enrolled in college as a Philosophy major but that led to an interest in science. Changing his major to Physics he transferred to Rutgers University. By working various jobs such as a “short-man” in a wine warehouse and math tutor at Rutgers, he managed to earn his Bachelors in Physics. He was only a few credits shy of a dual degree in Mathematics when he left school moving to Syracuse in 1977. While working at Onondaga Community College bookstore in 1978 he met Jean (Digby) and they were married in June 1979. By November 1979 Henry was hired by General Electric as a sonar engineer. He worked inventing prototype transducer arrays there for eleven years. When G.E. left the area, Hank trained as a computer network engineer. For the next two decades he designed networks for many major companies in CNY including: SUNY HSC, CXtec, Telergy, ACS, SUNY Cortland, InfinIT, ShoreGroup and its affiliate Optanix. Henry’s last job at Optanix was one of his favorites. His bosses, Jim Firenze and Mark Canali gave him the opportunity to work as floor manager. In that position he was able to mentor “tekkies” in the call center and loved challenging them to do their best. After work, for thirty years he lived on five acres in Pennellville, NY. He kept pets and at one time owned nine Australian Shepherds. Though he poured over Math texts he enjoyed comics, a huge fan of Vladimir Horowitz, he also kept records by George Harrison. With a collection of classical music, he still kept an interest in rock and roll having played bass guitar for several New Jersey bands like Soul Session. He was an excellent chess player, enjoyed doing The NY Times crossword with a pen and yet would watch Godzilla movies with glee. Visual art was an interest for him since childhood; he had first seen Michelangelo’s pieta when it was shown in NY and later saw Vermeer and talked about how amazed he was by the way that artist depicted light. Sixty-nine is too young for all that knowledge to just disappear; he must have graduated to some other higher level. Hank didn’t waste a second of his time here on Earth. He asked to be cremated and buried under an oak tree. Friends have suggested a celebration of life but plans have not been completed. Arrangements are with Fairchild & Meech DeWitt Chapel.
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