In memory of
Henry Torres, 70, a beloved and a gifted hairstylist, died peacefully at home, March 7, after a brief illness from Covid-19. Henry was born July 16, 1950, in San Antonio to Roberto Torres and Maria Rizo. He was raised by his paternal grandparents, Blas and Antonia Torres on a small ranch near Floresville. At the age of 15, he enrolled in San Antonio Beauty School. At 20, his career took off when he joined the John Moore Salon on Broadway in Alamo Heights and quickly became one of the city's "best hair stylists." Although his clients came from all over San Antonio and South Texas, his following was based in the city's business community, and social leaders, who lived in Alamo Heights, Terrell Hills, and Olmos Park. Many of Henry's clients became dear friends as he styled their hair not only for routine weekly appointments, but also for every important occasion in their lives— including weddings, engagements, baptisms, deaths, debutante balls, and of course, Fiesta. For 25 years, he was often booked a year in advance for the following-year's Fiesta and its pre-parties and public events. Henry's charge included placing the heavy, bejeweled crowns atop his elegantly- styled French twists and "up-doos" for queens, princesses and duchesses of the Order of the Alamo's celebrated Coronation Long after Henry retired from Fiesta, brides-to-be continued to seek him out for his famous French twists and then to precisely place their wedding veils on top of their heads. Henry was known for his razor-sharp wit, intellect, and his ability to make everyone laugh freely and frequently. He enjoyed every moment of his life whether it was attending a black-tie gala, a cattle auction or working in his beloved garden which he meticulously nurtured throughout the year. He often could be seen hand watering the front lawn of his Monte Vista home, which was lush even during a drought. Henry's numerous life-long friends included Red and Charline McCombs and their three daughters. "The entire McCombs family adored Henry, but his relationship with Charline was truly special. "Not only did Henry keep Charline looking beautiful for more than 50 years; he also kept her laughing," said Marsha McCombs Shields. "Henry was her beloved friend and confidante. He also was the reason Red looked sharp and ready to tackle the next opportunity," she added. Henry was a direct descendant of former alcade Erasmo Seguin and Texas Revolutionary hero, Juan Seguin. He was preceded in death, by his parents and grandparents and his beloved sister, Bertha Lee. Henry is survived by his aunts, Rachel Padilla, and Natalia (Frank) Delgado. He leaves behind many friends, clients, and cousins. The family would like to thank their cousin, Patricia Grimes, for the love and care she gave Henry over the years, especially during the last few weeks of his life, and at his bedside. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 10 am Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Downtown San Antonio. Due to social distancing, the sanctuary can only accommodate 100 family and friends. If desired, friends may contribute to the charity of their choice.
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