ForeverMissed
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Harvey Sykes, 78 years old, born on May 4, 1942, and passed away on March 18, 2021. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Mary-Charlie Barnett on May 20, 2021
Hank was very keen to show me the Roebling bridge that crosses your Ohio river, and to point out that it was a try-out for Mr Roeblings’  much larger Brooklyn bridge. He sent me occasionally, pictures of your RUBBER DUCK REGATTA,an annual event I believe which takes place on your Ohio river. When I first saw the pictures I said to him: “man,you can’t be serious."

Paul Chadwick
Posted by Mary-Charlie Barnett on May 20, 2021
Hank as you know relished our DOWNTON ABBEY but he also relished UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS shown originally in black and white.

Hank loved making things,so he would have loved a series of programmes on our BBC called: THE REPAIR SHOP. Known as the antidote to our throwaway society. People bring in once loved treasured objects in their lives that have seen better days, to begin a new lease of life by using the varied skills that the people in the shop have to make them as good as new. It is all about kindness, skill and love. Do see it if you can in the US. There are at least 15 programmes in the series. Another programme which is relatively new, is called ALL THAT GLITTERS,all about making jewellery. Fascinating for me because like Hank, I love making things,however I’ve never dabbled in jewellery,but I’m learning techniques from it and the use of tools that I never knew existed and all done in such a small space. Hope you can get this one too.

Paul Chadwick
Posted by Mary-Charlie Barnett on May 14, 2021
WORDS AND PICTURES FOR HANK FROM HIS FRIEND FOR 27 YEARS IN ENGLAND:

21st Feb 2021,spoke to Hank,on the telephone,but he gave no indication to me that he was so poorly. He said that he got his delayed Christmas present from me,a book called LIKE FATHER LIKE SON, re.our now veteran TV chat show host, Michael Parkinson. He said it made him cry. I have his last message to me on my phone.I spoke to him from his hospital bed on the 14th March,he died 6 days later. I find it hard to believe that I will never speak to him again,nor be able to send him fat envelopes full of news, gossip and pictures culled from many UK papers and magazines. Like-wise his "fat package" always came to me with a wealth of assorted stamps from the US,most of them mini works of art. How he got them to add up to the correct postage cost without causing a riot at the post office counter I’ll never know now!

I met Hank in1994,in Toronto,at the Royal York hotel which was being used as a base for the American Theatre Historical Society’s Conclave that year.

In 1996, Hank played host to me in his "Queen City,” and introduced me to his "second home”: your superb library, a concert at your Music Hall, then to your Emery Theatre to hear the organ and see THE SOUND OF MUSIC,or as Hank would have it: THE SOUND OF MUCAS. Again,he regarded the Emery as his second home.He made scenery there,even slept there. I gazed at your spectacular Union Station, had lovely breakfasts at Hathaways,a brunch at your Netherland Hotel,dined at your Rockwood pottery. I have a piece of said pottery close to me as type, that Hank bought for me, alongside a teacup and mug from Tiffany’s in Cincy,which I believe is now closed.

In 1997,Hank paid his first visit to England staying in my city: Derby. Hank had a photographic memory,so I can only hint at the places we visited.PIC: the photo shows him in red baseball cap, outside my newsagents’ shop.PIC: the photo shows Hank in the Derbyshire town of Buxton. He is filling bottles with water from St Annes’ well which runs 24/7 and is always tepid. Now Buxton water is available nationwide. From Buxton to another county in the north,Yorkshire. The place is Grassington which he insisted in calling Grass LING ton! He always roared when I insisted in calling some of our historic houses and villages: QUAINT deliberately! His library friends may well know how much a fan he was of our DOWNTON ABBEY,and especially ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL,which before Christmas was revised with a new cast. I remember saying to him that it was a “must see’,especially as it was located in Grass LING ton! From there it was onwards north to the Lake District,then to Edinburgh,Scotland.

We visited our Theatre Royal Nottingham ( no Robin Hood!) to see “Tap Dogs”,a high energy very loud show featuring Australian men dancing in tap boots.The real reason I took him to the theatre there was for him to see the interior,all green and gold, designed by our foremost theatre architect, Frank Matcham.

In 1998 I took him to Chatsworth house in Derbyshire. He never let me forget that he could have had his picture taken with a real live English Duchess of Devonshire whilst exercising her lurcher dog.Later to London sites and the City,then,a Eurostar train to Paris. A boat trip on the Seine,Sacre Coeur,Musee D'Orsay which he loved because it was once a railway station,L’Opera,Galleries Lafayette,Music Museum,tour of the Rex cinema.Evening, dined in Montmartre at a restaurant called L’Homme Tranquille. Afterwards outside, a transvestite tried to pick up Hank! True to form, he never forgot that encounter.

1999,to Liverpool,Blackpool, then York for a “quaint” tea in the famous Betty’s tea rooms. Later to see a play at the York Theatre Royal. Next day to
JORVICK where you sit in a chair that takes you backwards in time, then forwards, to experience the sounds, sights and smells of an England devoid of roads, railways and street lighting.

Hank joined my theatre group for a four day stay in Berlin.

In 2000 I met Hank in Detroit. In 1995, the THS Conclave visited that sorry city, and we toured the Opera House which was being refurbished.Hard hats essential. Five years later, we returned the the Opera House to see it in all its superb glory.Later,we took a bus to visit the Henry Ford museum at Dearebourn. A wonderful place to visit with Thomas Eddison too! We visited the Little Gem Theatre to see a show about Patsy Kline. She died aged 30 in a plane crash.I knew little about her then. I know much more about her now, and salute the wonderful actress in Detroit who re-created her songs. A train to Chicago to see Hanks favourite 4,000 plus theatre,the Uptown.Later, to the Museum of Science and Industry, where we were able to sit inside a 1934 Silvertreck Pioneer Zepyr train. PIC.Later, we were to see the ultra claustrophobic interior of a submarine. Took a train to Ravinia to hear an open air concert given by your Chicago symphony orchestra. We heard most of the music from our 4 foot square of pic-nic grass that we had managed to commandere from the hoards of people surrounding us.

From Chicago we took the train to Cleveland to join the THS Conclave there.

In Loving Memory,
Paul Chadwick
Posted by Donald Bohatka on May 6, 2021
I am so happy to see that Hank finally got his name in lights on the 20th Century marquee...very fitting for a lover of motion picture cinemas.  Hank and I were both members of the Theatre Historical Society, originally headquartered in Elmhurst, Illinois.  We hadn't talked for years...and one day he called.  We talked for over 4 hours just catching up.  We called each other at least once a week for movie and cinema updates.  His vast knowledge on theatres in Cincinnati was mid-boggling.  He will be greatly missed by myself.

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Posted by Mary-Charlie Barnett on May 20, 2021
Hank was very keen to show me the Roebling bridge that crosses your Ohio river, and to point out that it was a try-out for Mr Roeblings’  much larger Brooklyn bridge. He sent me occasionally, pictures of your RUBBER DUCK REGATTA,an annual event I believe which takes place on your Ohio river. When I first saw the pictures I said to him: “man,you can’t be serious."

Paul Chadwick
Posted by Mary-Charlie Barnett on May 20, 2021
Hank as you know relished our DOWNTON ABBEY but he also relished UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS shown originally in black and white.

Hank loved making things,so he would have loved a series of programmes on our BBC called: THE REPAIR SHOP. Known as the antidote to our throwaway society. People bring in once loved treasured objects in their lives that have seen better days, to begin a new lease of life by using the varied skills that the people in the shop have to make them as good as new. It is all about kindness, skill and love. Do see it if you can in the US. There are at least 15 programmes in the series. Another programme which is relatively new, is called ALL THAT GLITTERS,all about making jewellery. Fascinating for me because like Hank, I love making things,however I’ve never dabbled in jewellery,but I’m learning techniques from it and the use of tools that I never knew existed and all done in such a small space. Hope you can get this one too.

Paul Chadwick
Posted by Mary-Charlie Barnett on May 14, 2021
WORDS AND PICTURES FOR HANK FROM HIS FRIEND FOR 27 YEARS IN ENGLAND:

21st Feb 2021,spoke to Hank,on the telephone,but he gave no indication to me that he was so poorly. He said that he got his delayed Christmas present from me,a book called LIKE FATHER LIKE SON, re.our now veteran TV chat show host, Michael Parkinson. He said it made him cry. I have his last message to me on my phone.I spoke to him from his hospital bed on the 14th March,he died 6 days later. I find it hard to believe that I will never speak to him again,nor be able to send him fat envelopes full of news, gossip and pictures culled from many UK papers and magazines. Like-wise his "fat package" always came to me with a wealth of assorted stamps from the US,most of them mini works of art. How he got them to add up to the correct postage cost without causing a riot at the post office counter I’ll never know now!

I met Hank in1994,in Toronto,at the Royal York hotel which was being used as a base for the American Theatre Historical Society’s Conclave that year.

In 1996, Hank played host to me in his "Queen City,” and introduced me to his "second home”: your superb library, a concert at your Music Hall, then to your Emery Theatre to hear the organ and see THE SOUND OF MUSIC,or as Hank would have it: THE SOUND OF MUCAS. Again,he regarded the Emery as his second home.He made scenery there,even slept there. I gazed at your spectacular Union Station, had lovely breakfasts at Hathaways,a brunch at your Netherland Hotel,dined at your Rockwood pottery. I have a piece of said pottery close to me as type, that Hank bought for me, alongside a teacup and mug from Tiffany’s in Cincy,which I believe is now closed.

In 1997,Hank paid his first visit to England staying in my city: Derby. Hank had a photographic memory,so I can only hint at the places we visited.PIC: the photo shows him in red baseball cap, outside my newsagents’ shop.PIC: the photo shows Hank in the Derbyshire town of Buxton. He is filling bottles with water from St Annes’ well which runs 24/7 and is always tepid. Now Buxton water is available nationwide. From Buxton to another county in the north,Yorkshire. The place is Grassington which he insisted in calling Grass LING ton! He always roared when I insisted in calling some of our historic houses and villages: QUAINT deliberately! His library friends may well know how much a fan he was of our DOWNTON ABBEY,and especially ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL,which before Christmas was revised with a new cast. I remember saying to him that it was a “must see’,especially as it was located in Grass LING ton! From there it was onwards north to the Lake District,then to Edinburgh,Scotland.

We visited our Theatre Royal Nottingham ( no Robin Hood!) to see “Tap Dogs”,a high energy very loud show featuring Australian men dancing in tap boots.The real reason I took him to the theatre there was for him to see the interior,all green and gold, designed by our foremost theatre architect, Frank Matcham.

In 1998 I took him to Chatsworth house in Derbyshire. He never let me forget that he could have had his picture taken with a real live English Duchess of Devonshire whilst exercising her lurcher dog.Later to London sites and the City,then,a Eurostar train to Paris. A boat trip on the Seine,Sacre Coeur,Musee D'Orsay which he loved because it was once a railway station,L’Opera,Galleries Lafayette,Music Museum,tour of the Rex cinema.Evening, dined in Montmartre at a restaurant called L’Homme Tranquille. Afterwards outside, a transvestite tried to pick up Hank! True to form, he never forgot that encounter.

1999,to Liverpool,Blackpool, then York for a “quaint” tea in the famous Betty’s tea rooms. Later to see a play at the York Theatre Royal. Next day to
JORVICK where you sit in a chair that takes you backwards in time, then forwards, to experience the sounds, sights and smells of an England devoid of roads, railways and street lighting.

Hank joined my theatre group for a four day stay in Berlin.

In 2000 I met Hank in Detroit. In 1995, the THS Conclave visited that sorry city, and we toured the Opera House which was being refurbished.Hard hats essential. Five years later, we returned the the Opera House to see it in all its superb glory.Later,we took a bus to visit the Henry Ford museum at Dearebourn. A wonderful place to visit with Thomas Eddison too! We visited the Little Gem Theatre to see a show about Patsy Kline. She died aged 30 in a plane crash.I knew little about her then. I know much more about her now, and salute the wonderful actress in Detroit who re-created her songs. A train to Chicago to see Hanks favourite 4,000 plus theatre,the Uptown.Later, to the Museum of Science and Industry, where we were able to sit inside a 1934 Silvertreck Pioneer Zepyr train. PIC.Later, we were to see the ultra claustrophobic interior of a submarine. Took a train to Ravinia to hear an open air concert given by your Chicago symphony orchestra. We heard most of the music from our 4 foot square of pic-nic grass that we had managed to commandere from the hoards of people surrounding us.

From Chicago we took the train to Cleveland to join the THS Conclave there.

In Loving Memory,
Paul Chadwick
his Life

Hank's Life with "Garden Lady"

Hank (AKA Harvey) loved spending time at Garden Lady's house. He would often spend an entire weekend gardening (almost every weekend in the summer), pulling weeds, dead heading flowers, telling stories of intrigue and adventure in between. Lunch was mostly on the patio alfresco, with patron Hank often calling for Maine Lobster to be flown in by helicopter for the occasion. There was also Gardening late into the evening on occasion with dinner prepared by Jacque Charles.... exotic hotdog meats provided of course. Some summer and fall evenings ran late enough to have hot chocolate and s’mores!

Hank also loved building fires...having studied at Pyromaniacs consolidated Ltd, no less! Burning of secret redacted government papers and lots of honeysuckle bushes was one of his favorites . We spent the first Saturday in May at the Civic Garden Center plant and herb sale ( rain, snow or heat ) for the past 10 years. Hank would inquire about unusual plants we had found in the woods. ( mostly weeds it turns out...lol ) We would always buy an unusual plant just to see if we could get it to grow. We have 4 large walnut trees so getting the plant growth to turn out just right was a challenge. He was most fond of his Jasmine plant and his heirloom Dahlias. His Jasmine is at my house along with his Dahlias which will bloom later in the summer.

Hank enjoyed starting trees from seed as well as the saplings he got from the library. We have sugar maples, silver maples, white oak, Pin oaks and Burr oaks. He even started Mimosa trees which are now about 5’ tall. ( Deer keep trying to eat them )He did research on all the trees on our property with one of the most unusual being a Bass wood tree. He enjoyed everything in the yard and beyond it.

I am so grateful he started his seeds and planted them in my yard. It is something very special by which to remember him. He started a Rose of Sharon (white) from seed and sent friends some of the seeds as gifts. Hank was always fascinated by my assortment of unusual planters: the tea kettle, funnel, coffee pot, rooster and hen planters. We also acquired a reclaimed galvanized chicken nester which he used for as "plant hatchery"( I will upload a picture for you to see. )

Hank immensely enjoyed all of our family get to gather's. "Uncle Hank" was always a part of Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving, birthday parties, graduations parties and pretty much anything to do with our family. Oh, we can’t forget Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day !Hank would buy sparklers for all to enjoy....Always So young at heart...( and He really liked fire I think )

Conversation topics for lunches and dinners on the patio were usually wandering into stories and tales of theaters and movies and many of the iconic silver screen stars that Hank grew up with. It was very seldom that we would talk of mundane gardening ;) .

Hank loved kids, as you can tell by some of the pictures I posted. He would play games, build Lego's with them and was also always a part of hiding the Easter eggs!

When we were all working at Cappel’s we would have a couple of big sit down dinners at our house with "The Gang", along with an annual Plant exchange .Great mounds of food and desert where consumed...someone had eat all that food, right ?We have So many memories that we created and that are often remembered. I will be posting more pictures as I find them...so stay tuned!

Harvey "Hank" Dutton Sykes will be so sorely missed at our home.

By -Mary AKA “ Garden Lady” and Charlie AKA "Well, who really knows!"

Harvey (Hank) D. Sykes

Harvey (Hank) Dutton Sykes son of Maxwell H Sykes and Florence Cofran Sykes, Brother to Gary Sykes. Survived by dear friends, Mary Barnett aka Garden Lady aka Tweet and family. Also dear friend Christopher Smith aka Ambassador Smith.
    He was cremated at Radel Funeral Home and will sit under a weeping cherry tree on Crestline Ave.
                                     Service record: Marines 1961-1964
  Hanks life's passions were theaters and gardening. When not researching at the Main Library, he was gardening with friends Tweet and Charlie. No one knew more than he regarding the theaters of Cincinnati and the industry in general. He will be missed by the many people he knew including his Main Library Family where he was present most every day. 
  A Military memorial service is being scheduled for mid-May. Details will be announced at a later date. Memorial Service will be held May 22nd, 2021 at 1 PM
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Shared by Mary-Charlie Barnett on May 16, 2021
21st Feb 2021,spoke to Hank,on the telephone,but he gave no indication to me that he was so poorly. He said that he got his delayed Christmas present from me,a book called LIKE FATHER LIKE SON, re.our now veteran TV chat show host, Michael Parkinson. He said it made him cry. I have his last message to me on my phone.I spoke to him from his hospital bed on the 14th March,he died 6 days later. I find it hard to believe that I will never speak to him again,nor be able to send him fat envelopes full of news, gossip and pictures culled from many UK papers and magazines. Like-wise his "fat package" always came to me with a wealth of assorted stamps from the US,most of them mini works of art. How he got them to add up to the correct postage cost without causing a riot at the post office counter I’ll never know now! 

I met Hank in1994,in Toronto,at the Royal York hotel which was being used as a base for the American Theatre Historical Society’s  Conclave that year.

In 1996, Hank played host to me in his "Queen City,” and introduced me to his "second home”: your superb library, a concert at your Music Hall, then to your Emery Theatre to hear the organ and see THE SOUND OF MUSIC,or as Hank would have it: THE SOUND OF MUCAS. Again,he regarded the Emery as his second home.He made scenery there,even slept there. I gazed at your spectacular Union Station, had lovely breakfasts at Hathaways,a brunch at your Netherland Hotel,dined at your Rockwood pottery. I have a piece of said pottery close to me as type, that Hank bought for me, alongside a teacup and mug from Tiffany’s in Cincy,which I believe is now closed.

In 1997,Hank paid his first visit to England staying in my city: Derby. Hank had a photographic memory,so I can only hint at the places we visited.PIC: the photo shows him in red baseball cap, outside my newsagents’ shop.PIC: the photo shows Hank in the Derbyshire town of Buxton. He is filling bottles with water from St Annes’ well which runs 24/7 and is always tepid. Now Buxton water is available nationwide. From Buxton to another county in the north,Yorkshire. The place is Grassington which he insisted in calling Grass LING ton! He always roared when I insisted in calling some of our historic houses and villages: QUAINT deliberately!  His library friends may well know how much a fan he was of our DOWNTON ABBEY,and especially ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL,which before Christmas was revised with a new cast. I remember saying to him that it was a “must see’,especially as it was located in Grass LING ton! From there it was onwards north to the Lake District,then to Edinburgh,Scotland.

We visited our Theatre Royal Nottingham ( no Robin Hood!) to see “Tap Dogs”,a high energy very loud show featuring Australian men dancing in tap boots.The real reason I took him to the theatre there was  for him to see the interior,all green and gold, designed by our foremost theatre architect, Frank Matcham.

In 1998 I took him to Chatsworth house in Derbyshire. He never let me forget that he could have had his picture taken with a real live English Duchess of Devonshire whilst exercising her lurcher dog.Later to London sites and the City,then,a Eurostar train to Paris. A boat trip on the Seine,Sacre Coeur,Musee D'Orsay which he loved because it was once a railway station,L’Opera,Galleries Lafayette,Music Museum,tour of the Rex cinema.Evening, dined in Montmartre at a restaurant called  L’Homme Tranquille. Afterwards outside, a transvestite tried to pick up Hank! True to form, he never forgot that encounter.

1999,to Liverpool,Blackpool, then York for a “quaint” tea in the famous Betty’s tea rooms. Later to see a play at the York Theatre Royal. Next day to
JORVICK where you sit in a chair that takes you backwards in time, then forwards, to experience the sounds, sights and smells of an England devoid of roads, railways and street lighting.

Hank joined my theatre group for a four day stay in Berlin.

In 2000 I met Hank in Detroit. In 1995, the THS Conclave visited that sorry city, and we toured the Opera House which was being refurbished.Hard hats essential. Five years later, we returned the the Opera House to see it in all its superb glory.Later,we took a bus to visit the Henry Ford museum at Dearebourn. A wonderful place to visit with Thomas Eddison too! We visited the Little Gem Theatre to see a show about Patsy Kline. She died aged 30 in a plane crash.I knew little about her then. I know much more about her now, and  salute the wonderful actress in Detroit who re-created her songs. A train to Chicago to see Hanks favourite 4,000 plus theatre,the Uptown.Later, to the Museum of Science and Industry, where we were able to sit inside a 1934 Silvertreck Pioneer Zepyr  train. PIC.Later, we were to see the ultra claustrophobic interior of a submarine. Took a train to Ravinia to hear an open air concert given by your Chicago symphony orchestra. We heard most of the music from our 4 foot square of pic-nic grass that we had managed to commandere from the hoards of people surrounding us.
From Chicago we took the train to Cleveland to join the THS Conclave there.

MORE WORDS FOR HANK AND PICTURES from PAUL

Shared by Mary-Charlie Barnett on May 16, 2021
Hank as you know relished our DOWNTON ABBEY but he also relished UPSTAIRS DOWNSTAIRS shown originally in black and white.
Hank loved making things,so he would have loved a series of programmes on our BBC called: THE REPAIR SHOP. Known as the antidote to our throwaway society. People bring in once loved treasured objects in their lives that have seen better days, to begin a new lease of life by using the varied skills that the people in the shop have to make them as good as new. It is all about kindness, skill and love. Do see it if you can in the US. There are at least 15 programmes in the series. Another programme which is relatively new, is called ALL THAT GLITTERS,all about making jewellery. Fascinating for me because like Hank, I love making things,however I’ve never dabbled in jewellery,but I’m learning techniques from it and the use of tools that I never knew existed and all done in such a small space. Hope you can get this one too.