Henry Francis Bolin, Jr.

July 22, 1933 - March 9, 2008

07/22/1933 - 03/09/2008

Past Services

Thursday March 13, 2008
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Altmeyer Funeral Home - Virginia Beach
5792 Greenwich Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
800-934-4648 | Directions
Friday March 14, 2008
11:00 am
Church Of The Ascension Catholic Church
4853 Princess Anne Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA
Additional Information:

Rev. Fr. James E. Parke officiating.

Church Of The Ascension Catholic Church
4853 Princess Anne Rd.
Virginia Beach, VA
Additional Information:

Rev. Fr. James E. Parke officiating.

Henry Francis Bolin, Jr.

Virginia Beach – Henry Francis Bolin, Jr. died on March 9, 2008. Hank was born in 1933 in Geneva, New York. He was the son of the late Louise and Henry Francis Bolin, Sr. and a man of great faith and character.

He earned his BA degree in Economics and Music from Hobart College where he lettered in football and lacrosse and was selected All American Lacrosse for two years by NCAA. He was a member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. Following college, he married Alice Ann Sunkenberg. He then became a member of the United States Marine Corps and served as a platoon leader and ended his military career as an accomplished Marine Aviator based in Cherry Point, North Carolina. He returned to Geneva, New York as a co-proprietor of the Bolin Music House, where he was elected as councilman for the city. He then attended the FBI academy and served as a special agent in the Norfolk office of the FBI for 22 years. He made many contributions to the community during these years and held his fellow agents in highest regard.

He is survived by his sister, Jean Karl; and his children, Mary Jean Bolin, Henry Francis Bolin, III and Leanne, Thom Alexander Bolin and Elizabeth, and Amy Alicia Barton and Patrick. He is also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Joshua Stuart Bolin, John Austin Bolin, Lucy Alexandra Bolin, Ethan Henry Bolin, Megan Rose Bolin, Luke Thomas Bolin, and Bane Alden Barton.

Hank had a zest for life, a big smile, and a love for his family beyond measure. During his lifetime he acquired interests in flying, racquetball, sailing, fishing, and always loved playing the piano and organ for family and friends. He was a volunteer in the Kempsville area youth sports and the PTA. More recently, he served as a volunteer at the VA hospital in Hampton and was an active member in the local FBI retiree organization as well as his church choir at St. Mary Star of the Sea in Hampton.

He will be missed by family and friends alike particularly by his favored niece, Maureen Heald; John Kraus, his lifetime friend and brother-in-law; and Alice Ann Russell.

A Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday, March 14, 2008, at the Church of the Ascension Catholic Church, 4853 Princess Anne Rd, with Rev. Fr. James E. Parke officiating. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, March 13, 2008, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, 5792 Greenwich Rd in Virginia Beach. Condolences may be offered to the family at altmeyer.com.

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Scott Gittman
8 years ago

Alex – our thoughts and prayers are with you. Scott & Amy

Eric Forgette
8 years ago

Alex and Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

The Forgettes

Pablo Gonzalez
8 years ago


Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Pablo and Adriana Gonzalez

Rakowski Family
8 years ago

Amy and Bolin Family, you are in our thoughts and in our prayers. If we could take away the pain of your loss, we would. Another angel has earned their wings.

Lara Trojanowski
8 years ago

Amy, Alex, Henry and MJ – I am so sorry. Your dad was such a wonderful man. My memories of him are all so positive. I am sure that he is missed dearly by all of his friends but mostly by his family. Just know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Love,

Bob Tuberson
8 years ago

An associate and friend for more than 42 years and a man well respected was Hank Bolin. A man that another man looks up to epitomizing good character, caring for others, a sense of humor and a man of faith. He will be missed by many. Thanks be to God for his friendship.

Mohammed and Munira Seedat
8 years ago

Dear Alex and family,

We were deeply saddened to hear about the death of your father. We know how difficult this must be for you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you and your family during this time and always,

Becky Bryan
8 years ago

Dear Alex and Family, My condolences to you all on the loss of your father. The obituary is a beautiful tribute to him.

Susan Klucker
8 years ago

Dear Amy and Family,

I just wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. We pray that you will be comforted in the many memories of your father and I pray that your hearts will heal quickly!


Billy, Susan, Daniel, and Noah Klucker

8 years ago

Dear Bolins,

We have never met anyone quite like Hank. When our daughter Leanne married his son Henry, we realized that we had joined forces with a family of extraordinary strength and character.

This man was gifted with an immense capacity to embrace life with enthusiasm, speak and act with honesty and set an example for his family, friends and co-workers. Each of the Bolins carries HankâÄôs enduring qualities. He was a gentle man with strong convictions, a lover of GodâÄôs handiwork, an accomplished musician, airman, seaman, defender of life, and a true friend.

Attending his memorial service was an uplifting experience and an honor to read these proverbs by which Hank lived his life:

Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Write them deep within your heart. Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when itâÄôs in your power to help them. DonâÄôt be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the LORD and turn away from evil. Then you will have healing for your body and strength for your bones. They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.

With great love and affection,

Julie and Jonathan Hindman
8 years ago

Dearest Bolin Family,

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Hank was dear to us and we were blessed to know him.

With Love and Sympathy for this Great Loss,

Julie and Jon

Katherine Jordan Christiano and Gui
8 years ago

Hank will be deeply missed.

Love, Katherine

Neil M Larimer
8 years ago

Hank will be missed by his Gung Ho buddies in the USMC. He was a joy to be around and had real world experiences that many would like to emulate. Rest in peace Hank, you personified Semper Fi.

John T Fisher
8 years ago

Hank you are already missed. The Basic School 2-56 was a special time. I am glad that I was there with you. God Bless.

Jud Shows
8 years ago

Henry, Alex, Amy, MJ,

I am so sorry to hear that Hank passed away.

I first met your Dad in the early 70’s when we lived in Carolanne Farms and Coached youth sports at Arrowhead Elementary, Va. Beach.

Some years later, we became neighbors in Brandon as bachelors.

He was a great friend and a very gracious man.

My fondest memory was when he took my brother, his wife, from LA, my sister from IN, and myself sailing.

We all still talk about that voyage. It is a memory we will cherish for a lifetime.

The obituary was a beautiful tribute to Hank.

My prayers go out to you and hope you can recall his strong faith in God to help during this time of grieving.

He was so very proud of you all.

May God bless you,

Jud Shows

james p. kraus
8 years ago

i can’t believe they only give “up to 1000 characters”! uncle hank relationship with me was so special and unique i could go on, well let’s say volumes. uncle hank was my dear friend, my uncle, and my brother. hank and my dad,jon were fraternity brothers, delta phi chapter of kappa sigma, while at hobart college. and i can proudly say so was i. the very mansion they started to purchase in the 1950’s was paid off my senior year at hobart.the 3 of us lived in the same house 25 years apart.i will continue writing after i run out here, Uncle Hank i love you sir, A.E.K.D.B.

THANK YOU! your nephew, friend, and brother… jamie

Larry Adkinson
8 years ago

I grew up watching Hank play for DHS and then Hobart College. He always had time for the kids and he was one of my heros. I followed him to Hobart and into the USMC as an A-4 Skyhawk pilot in 1962 – buying my dress blues from him at graduation. As I reported to him at our last Hobart letterman reunion, my son LtCol, USMC now has that same set of dress blues. Although I cannot be there tomorrow, I will have him and his family in my prayers. Semper Fi, old friend!

Bill Dailor
8 years ago

I only knew of one failure in his life but that does not mean that you are a failure, as evidenced by his many accomplishments.I had the extreme pleasure of knowing Hank for 64 years.He was a gifted athlete,a great piano player and a friend to all.I shall miss him.

Jimmye Collons
8 years ago

My heart goes out to MJ. Mom, Jon, Mary,Josh and your family. I loved him too. I really wish I could be there with you at this time. You are all in my prayers.

James & Janis Reightler
8 years ago

My memories of Hank go back to 1976 when I met him simply as “Mary Jean’s father”. During a party at the Bolin house in Kempsville 2 young men had a disagreement in a very crowded kitchen. As the discussion came to blows an apparition appeared and swept the boys out the door. Moments later Hank reappeared calm, cool and collected having handled the incident with no noise and little mess. We knew instantly that there was something special about Mr. Bolin. I next met Hank in 1982 was when I was the Assistant Director of the YMCA Fitness Center in Norfolk. Hank was one of the regulars and one that I looked forward to seeing as I would ALWAYS leave the conversation feeling better. We would talk about common interests like lacrosse and sailing but whatever started the conversation Hank would always bring me up to date on his greatest love- his family. We were surprised by and greatly enjoyed yet another talent of Hank’s when he sat down at a piano and led us in singing during a Christmas party. He was a a great role model for many and one of the reasons I joined the FBI. Hank’s life was one well lived and well loved. He truly represented the concepts of Fidelity, Bravery and Integrity. For that and many other things he will be missed. Fair winds and following seas my friend. Thank you.


Joyce Alvaro Dailor
8 years ago

My sincere sympathy and my prayers to all of Henry’s family. I was a classmate of his for 12 years and shared many good times. My dad, Tony Alvaro, was his barber and his dad’s barber, here in Geneva. God bless you all!

Shirley Malcuria Bimbo
8 years ago

My sincere sympathy to the Bolin family. I was a year behind Henry at DHS in Geneva 1951-52. He was a great person and friend and will be missed by many. I always enjoyed the party when Henry played the piano.

Frank and Debbie Samuel
8 years ago

Our deepest sympathies to all of the Bolin Family. We loved Hank so much and will miss him tremendously. He was such a wonderful, kind man. He cherished his life, his friends and most emphatically his family! We know he was so proud of each and every one of you. We were honored to have been his former neighbor and friend for over 20 years.

Kevin McPartland
8 years ago

Our prayers are with all of the Bolins and their extended families at this time. Hank was a man for all seasons and all the right reasons. His zest for life and family was a beacon for all of us. A great friend….he is missed.

Nancy McLaughlin & Jim Fyffe
8 years ago

Our prayers are with Hank’s family. Hank and Nancy in their High School Year Book were noted as always having a smile. They grew up together thru grade school and High school and have always been friends. He will be missed very much. Love, Nancy & Jim

Julie, John, David and Patricia Naulls
8 years ago

Our sincerest condolences to the entire family. Hank will be sadly missed by all who’s lives he touched. Our love and prayers are with you all.

Broad Bay Sailing Assn
8 years ago

Please accept the sincere condolences of the members of Broad Bay Sailing Association.

Kathie Roberts, Sunshine Chair

Jackie Hart Rogazione
8 years ago

To all of Hank’s Family,

I am Jackie Hart Rogazione, Henry he became Hank in later years and I were friends from Kindergarten. The story goes that he was crying on that first day of school, I took his hand and said, I will take care of you. We remained friends for all these years, nearly 70.

I am so sorry for your loss, please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Goodbye my friend……..Jackie & Joe Rogazione

Thank you for allowing us to express our sympathy in this manor.

Tommy Miller
8 years ago

To Hank Bolin’s Family and Friends:

I first met Hank more than 28 years ago when I became an Assistant U.S. Attorney. I did not meet him in Court but at the YMCA, one of his favorite places. He had the greatest ever present smile the I have ever seen on a man. I do not think that I ever left Hank without feeling more upbeat. I will always remember his positive and uplifting nature.

James A. Metcalfe
8 years ago

To Hank’s family, my deepest sympathy. I met Hank in 1980 when I became an Assistant U.S. Attorney. Hank and I also shared a love of flying as I was a Naval Aviator. We also often worked out at the same time at the YMCA. Hank was always upbeat and great to talk to about business, sports, or flying. I know you all will miss him, as will his wide group of friends and colleagues. I am grateful for the opportunity to have known and worked with Hank. We will all cherish his memory.

With warmest personal regards and condolences,

Jim Metcalfe, U.S. Attorney’s Office

Wanda Fergusson Petrey
8 years ago

To the Bolin Family: I was shocked with sorrow to hear of your father’s untimely passing. I worked with him for many years, and admired him greatly. His legacy will live on with each of you. With deepest sympathy,

cameron kraus & mckenzie kraus
8 years ago

uncle hank we will truely miss you. our dad would always talk about you when ever you came to visit m.j. non stop. dad and grandpa miss you real bad. you must have mean’t alot to both of them. thank you for being in their lives especially grandpa, he doesn’t talk about things much,but we can tell you were a huge part of his life. we will miss you we love you, CAM & BIG MAC

Michael Zaremba
8 years ago

Your family is in our prayers