Those in the industry throughout the Ohio Valley lost a dear friend and colleague on December 22, 2020. Four days after his 73rd birthday, Noel Henderson left us. Leaving behind his wife, Debbie, children Colin and Danielle, and grandson, Alex.
Noel had spent nearly 50 years in the valves and controls business. While shrewd and aggressive, Noel was also a gentleman and an asset for his wealth of application knowledge and experience.
Noel was a Vietnam Veteran and in his very early years worked at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, MI. Noel’s early years in the valve business had him working in varying capacities at the H.O. Trerice Company. His last job there as Division Manager and his later roles centered on Distributor Development for which he was quite suited for and skilled at.
Noel’s hobbies included: All things travel, rode the rail whenever possible, truly a man of Trains, Planes, and Automobiles. He was also a model railroad enthusiast. He loved all types of music from Rock to his favorite Jazz and Blues. He pulled his camper all over from Put-In-Bay, Ohio to the Gulf Shores of Alabama with Debbie and friends. He always had the knowledge of all the finest restaurants, clubs, and pubs all over the country. Noel had a real solid love and appreciation of the Arts, enjoying plays from Broadway to your local cities and small towns. He even had many acting roles in his hometown of Circleville, Ohio.
For the last 25 years, Noel Henderson ran his own rep company, “Fluid and Steam Specialties”, a valve, regulator, and controls focused rep business. One of the things that made Noel unique is that he ran his business as a “pure” rep company, not once in 25 years did, he ever buy and resell anything. He focused his expertise exclusively on distributors and end-users, helping guide them through the technical and application aspects of valves and controls.