Necrology

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In this section of the site we record the deaths and celebrate the lives of people who have been our friends and have been involved with Optical Busstop in someway. If you would like to add your own tributes to any of the people listed below please get in touch with us via the Contact page.

HenryKenneth Henry Heap, as the judges called him, or simply 'Henry' as he was known widely by acquaintances, friends and family alike, died at an early age and is sadly missed by us all.

As a teenager he was one of the coolest cats around. He had a huge (largely stolen) record collection including an impressive Blues section, this being the music Henry loved best, particularly the early country blues.

He was always into photography and at one stage studied to degree level.

His pictures range from everyday life, demonstrations, bands & performers, animal cruelty to documenting the alternative culture in Bolton and beyond. Many of the pictures on this site were taken by him and as he was always the photographer it was hard to find a picture of him.

 

He was  a political activist all his life. In his early days he was (and remained) an anarchist, attending many, many demonstrations and was even imprisoned for fire-bombing places like the Army Information Office and police stations.

Later he became a hero of the Animal Liberation front when he went undercover to photograph in abattoirs  and became a 'Wanted man'. See http://www.ivu.org/animals/articles/agent.html for more information.

And then there was his celebrated harmonica playing and he also had a Zippo lighter collection that was second to none.

Henry's life, though, was one of struggle. He successfully battled heroin addiction but later, his fight with drink was less successful.

Nevertheless, through it all he kept his photographic work going and in the last couple of years seemed to be having an artistic renaissance until his untimely death took him from us.

He asked for 'Sympathy for the devil' to be played at his funeral and it was, a tribute to his irreverent spirit.

May he rest in peace.