Divi Resorts announced Wednesday the death of Richard “Pat” Henry, general manager of the Divi Carina Bay Resort on St. Croix. Henry died on Saturday after “a sudden and short illness in Tampa, Florida, where he had been flown for treatment,” according to a written release. Henry was 59.
“We have lost a great friend and a valued part of our company, and we are so saddened by his passing,” said E.J. Schanfarber, president of Divi Resorts in a written statement. “Pat made the Divi Carina Bay such a lively and welcoming environment. He played the consummate host to so many travelers for whom Carina Bay became their favorite destination in St. Croix— because of him. He was not only the leader of our resort there, but an inspiring figure in the local tourism and hospitality industry as well as the community at large.”
Henry joined Divi Resorts as general manager of the Divi Carina Bay four years ago. He spearheaded the renovation of the resort, including the construction of 50 new rooms, the addition of a deluxe mini-golf course and, most recently in July, the opening of a new restaurant. Henry leaves behind his wife, Ellen; three children: Christopher, Benjamin and Tara; and one grandchild, Lily. A memorial service is planned in St. Croix. In lieu of flowers, donations in Henry’s name will be accepted to the Mid-Isle Rotary Club of St. Croix, attention Marcel Galiber, President, P.O. Box 224515, Christiansted, U.S.V.I . 00822.