Parade Grand Marshal
Henry “Tootie” Webb 2017 Parade Grand Marshall
The 2017 Harbor Days Grand Marshall is Henry Webb, a longtime resident and friend of many in Elk Rapids. Henry, or “Tootie” as he is known by many of his friends, moved to Elk Rapids with his family in the 1950’s. He graduated from Elk Rapids High School in 1961. After marrying his high School sweetheart, Elee Bachi the couple remained in Elk Rapids where they raised three children who also graduated from Elk Rapids HS. Over the years Henry’s family has grown with the addition of four grand-children and one great grand-child. Henry’s two sons continue to live in the Elk Rapids area while his daughter now lives in Rochester, MI.
After recently retiring from the hospital where he worked in the construction department, Henry has volunteered his time taking care of any maintenance problems or other matters that ‘pop-up’ at Noble Pines. The ladies of Noble Pines love having Henry around and they show their appreciation by making sure he always has a supply of baked goodies to keep him nourished.
In deciding on Henry as this year’s Grand Marshall the Parade Committee considered the many kind things Tootie has done over the years for community groups and residents in the area. Countless examples of helping people in need were shared by his appreciative friends.
In the past, Henry has also given his time to the Elk Rapids AMVETS Post where he used to cook breakfast on Memorial Day and help as needed with many tasks that needed to be done. He attends government meetings and generally stays involved in community affairs.
In his spare time, Henry enjoys riding any one of his five motorcycles that he started acquiring in 1973. His favorite seems to be a Yellow Honda which he has owned for eight years and logged about 63,000 miles on.
Henry was nominated by Vicki Harrett, Director at Noble Pines along with the residents of Noble Pines. He also received a single nomination by Tammie Vigliore whose elderly mother lives next door to him. “He has watched over her and her house for years,” said Tammy.
So it is with great pleasure that the Elk Rapids Harbor Days Association presents Henry Webb as this year’s Grand Marshall. We agree with Vicki Harrett who puts it best, “Henry is a Good Neighbor and Friend.”