Reginald “Reggie” Jude Hendry passed away at home on Wednesday, May 27, 2020, at the age of 85. He is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Carole Glass Hendry; and four children, Chris Hendry (Carolyn), Yvonne Miller (Eric), Patrick Hendry (Gail) and Jeff Hendry. He was a loving PopPop to nine grandchildren, Kirsten Miller, Vincent Miller, Bridget Miller, Madison Hendry, Michael Hendry, Jeremy Triche, Dillon Triche, Fiona Hendry and Grant Hendry, and one great granddaughter, Charlotte Miller. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Regina Triche; and his parents, Reginald O. Hendry and Claire Joubert Hendry.
Reggie was a graduate of St. Aloysius High School, class of 1952 and Loyola University, class of 1958. While at Loyola, Reggie was the President of The Thespians. He was active in community theater most of his adult life, beginning in the 1960s at Le Petit Theatre and ending at Rivertown Theater in the 2000s. His favorite role was starring as John Adams in the musical 1776 at Le Petit in 1974 and again three decades later at Rivertown. He worked for WDSU-TV for 40 years, retiring in 1998. He loved being a part of the early days of television, assisting in the production of local classics such as Morgus The Magnificent, the Midday Show and Mrs. Muffin. Working at Channel 6 afforded him many opportunities to meet celebrities, but he always said meeting his boyhood hero, Roy Rogers, was the best.
He was an avid model train enthusiast and we like to think that he will now finally have the time to build the grand model railroad that he always dreamed of. He loved being in the great outdoors and always looked forward to any time he could spend camping or hiking. Being a devout Catholic, he was very active with St. Ann Church in Metairie from its start in the early 1970s. Two of his greatest pleasures were serving as lectern at masses and running the Cherry Bell booth at the annual church fair for many years. A native of New Orleans and a resident of Metairie for over 50 years, he and Carole moved to Mandeville after Hurricane Katrina. The family would like to thank the caring staff at St. Tammany Parish General Hospice and Dupont Sitting Services and a special thank you to Katie Adams for her kind and loving care to both Reggie and Carole.
A private visitation and funeral will be held at Greenwood Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Blvd, New Orleans, on Saturday, June 13, 2020. Visitation will begin at 1:00 PM, followed by a Mass in the Chapel 3:00 PM.