Henry Clifford Frisby, a retired National Guard brigadier general, former police officer and Montgomery County official, died Monday, Dec. 23, 2019. He was 81.
He was born on June 4, 1938, in Philadelphia. He was the second of six children born to the late Marie Ethel Hall and Samuel W. Frisby.
“Hank,” “Butch” or “Friz,” as he was known to his friends and family, was educated in the Philadelphia Catholic and public school systems. He graduated from Northeast High School and is listed on the “Wall of Fame” there.
He received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Temple University and a doctorate in human resources management from Hamilton University. He also received numerous certificates and awards in education.
Frisby served in the Philadelphia Police Department for 20 years, becoming a sergeant and court liaison supervisor. He was director of EEO/EAP programs for Montgomery County and retired after 10 years of service.
He worked for over 40 years in the military, retiring as a brigadier general in the Pennsylvania Air National Guard and commander of the 111th Support Group at Willow Grove Air Reserve Station. In 1970, he was the first reservist to be honored as Outstanding Airmen of the year.
Frisby served in organizations including the Air Force Association and Guardian Civic League. He was board secretary of the Joseph J. Peters Institute, a board member of North Philadelphia Mothers Concerned, lieutenant governor of the Optimist Club of Lower Montco and a co-founder of Concerned Black Men. He received many honors for his work.
“Of all of Hank’s jobs, he was most proud of being a father and a husband,” his family said in a tribute. “He was always doing things for his children and grandchildren. He supported them in whatever endeavors they chose and always tried to push them in positive directions.”
He is survived by: his wife, Marie; daughter, Alexis; son, Jason; stepchildren, Maria, Tommy and Rachel; 13 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and other family and friends.
Services will be held Jan. 3 at Wood Funeral Home, 5537-39 W. Girard Ave. Viewing is at 10 a.m. Services will follow at 11 a.m. Interment is at Valley Forge Memorial Gardens in King of Prussia.