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June
15
2021

June 15, 2021

Hi,

I can view the Link on the Web-version of Caring Bridge - BUT not the App??

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y7E5nhFTSrs

Please see the above link if you need to use it manually.

Kind regards,
Sean

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June
15
2021

CWU - SURC Life Celebration Service

Hi All,

As per my last post, I now have the link for the above service held immediately after Henry's Funeral at the Central Washington - Student Union & Recreational Centre - SURC.

This was a tricky one, as the file was so big, so once again thank you to Charles Whiteley for helping out to upload and edit to be able to fit onto one link!!!  

The service is quite long, but it really does reflect on the massive impact that Henry has, as an International Student - on such a wide network of people - not just the Rugby, but Academic, friends and now family!!

Many people added to the celebration, including the Dean, Coach, Director of Athletics, Head of Faculty, Professors, Rugby Colleagues, Housemates and friends alike.

It really does amplify this great loss as henry was about to sping-board into his internship and evidently successful life!!

Kind regards,


Sean, Jo and Fran

June
15
2021

June 15, 2021

Hi All,

OK, so not put an update on here since we got back, as you can imagine very emotional return home to his bedroom, with his ashes and to speak to the first family members and friends - evidently we have a long journey ahead!

Plans are being made for his memorial service here, whilst we are in isolation after travel back from the USA.

My next post will be for his SURC Life Celebration - so watch out for that!

Thanks,
Sean, Jo & Fran
x

June
12
2021

June 11, 2021

Hi,

We would like to thank everyone at CWU in Ellensburg, all the Staff, Boys and Girls have been incredible in supporting us, but in particular:

  1. Stacy Soderstrom for sorting out so much for us whilst here on campus and our smooth exit.
  2. Todd Thornley the coach for his idea to honor Henry's name on the Tomlinson Stadium crossbar, to also Gel the squad and psych them up for every game
  3. Dennis Francois for an incredibly emotional testament to Henry as an all-round person
  4. CWU and Head of Faculty (Sathy) for awarding us with Henry's degree in recognition of efforts to date!
  5. Andrew Kean at FirstPoint USA for offering to establish the "Henry Foster Scholarship", which he has also asked me to potentially be part of the panel to decide whom the scholarship would go to!
  6. The Johnson's - what a family and how we have been able to lean on them in such an hour of need.  We should have been in-laws, but feel like family now anyway!!
  7. Henry Johnston - the funeral director - amazing words at the Service and again, took most of the burden and pain away
  8. Hallie - what a star - both "In Life for Henry" and amazingly strong with his memory.  Now and always considered a daughter to "The Foster's" and sister to Fran!!

We are at Seattle airport and checked in to BA.  I have to shout out many thanks to Andrew Percy (MP) and his assistant for pulling strings to enable our departure and, then Nicola Richardson at the British Embassy for calling me EVERY day whilst in Washington and speaking with BA & Seattle airport to advise them of our sensitive position.

Last but certainly NOT least British Airways for their unbelievable support throughout this whole nightmare journey.  They have been simply unbelievable to be perfectly honest:

  • Olivia in T5, battling and fighting our corner to overcome the nightmare ESTA visa issues with the US Embassy
  • Homeland Security for escorting through the Airport
  • ALL of the Cabin Crew on our flight - in particular, Nova the Cabin Manager, who has stayed in constant touch with us, upgraded us for Privacy and rest. 
  • She also contacted the Crew of Fran's Flight and Michael the Cabin Manager also personally looked after her
  • The staff on there return - personal escort through security and to the BA Club Lounge and escort on board!

Simply amazing guys - FLY BA when you can!!

Thanks
Sean, Jo & Fran





June
12
2021

June 10, 2021

Hi All,

Haven't updated for a while - as you wouldn't believe how much we have had to do over the last few days, including but not limited to:
  • Bank accounts
  • Truck registration / DMV
  • Attorney (due to the above)
  • Police to close out affairs
  • Funeral Director
  • College 
  • Return flights, Passenger Locator forms, damn Day 2/8 COVID tests
  • .........then organise trying to fly with Henry's ashes
Nightmare week to be honest!!

But we are almost there......

Regards,
Sean, Jo & Fran
x

June
5
2021

June 5, 2021

Hi All,

Thanks to all for tuning in to the funeral service yesterday - as hard as it was, it was perfect for Henry!

https://www.johnston-williams.com/obituary/Henry-Foster 

It can be (re)viewed here for anyone that had issues on the night.

The follow on Life Celebration at the SURC Student Ballroom was also amazing and the video for that should be available Tuesday.

What was really amazing, was that along with a FULL student ballroom, ALL the rugby memories and friends tributes of support, we met the President of the Uni;  The Dean spoke highly of Henry at the meeting; culminating in the Head of Faculty for Safety & Health Management awarding Henry an Honorary Degree and presenting us with his certificate and sache colours - something we did not expect!!

All in all, it was clear with the sheer scale of the Life Celebration that it touched us further in that Henry, as an International Student had such a massive impact here - just as he has had everywhere else he's been.

Further irony in that this is such a sad and tragic loss of someone so positive and loved by all......xx

Thanks
Sean, Jo & Fran

June
4
2021

June 4, 2021

Hi All,

Please see the Service Booklet attached for today's Service.

Dreading it and still can't believe this is happening!

Kind regards,
Sean, Jo & Fran
x

June
4
2021

June 4, 2021

Hi All,

Please see the attached Tribute video for today's Student Union (SURC) Life Celebration at 4pm PST.

This was created and produced by Charles Whiteley, son of one of Henry's Godfathers - Robert Whiteley.

Thanks
Sean, Jo & Fran