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Henry, a Labrador Retriever who accompanied his owners to their Sag Harbor store for more than a decade, has died.

When shopping, you expect friendly customer service and to find what you need. At Henry Persan & Sons Hardware in Sag Harbor, long-time customers enjoyed even more — a greeting from a gentle yellow Lab.

Henry, who was 12 and had been sick for several months, died on Sunday.

His passing has left a void in the Persan family, a sadness many of their store's customers feel, as well.

"Henry had a lot of friends," said Jessica Persan. She and her husband Bob Persan got the beloved dog as a puppy, picking him up at the East Hampton Vacuum store, back when the owners bred puppies. He accompanied the Persans to the store often over the past 12 years.

He even shared the name of the store's namesake — Bob Persan's grandfather.

Henry even graced advertisements from the store that appeared in local papers — sitting on the counter and giving the camera an inquisitive look with his big Labrador Retriever head.

He was just at home in the store as he was at the family's Noyac home. "He loved it," Jessica Persan said. "He would get all excited in the car on the way to the store." Unfortunately, toward the end of his life, he was able to come in less and less.

We know he will be missed by all.

Please join Patch in leaving your condolences for the Persan family and remembering Henry in the comment section below.

Joseph November 15, 2012 at 02:28 PM
Henry was a real sweetheart! He gave you 12 years of unconditional love and a lifetime of fond memories.
the owl November 15, 2012 at 02:45 PM
He had a great life, was clearly much loved and he was always a great presence and a welcome sight in the store. He will be missed.
MANDIP S LACHHAR November 15, 2012 at 03:22 PM
We are very sorry for your loss. Dr Lachhar Riverhead Animal Hospital
christie nicolle November 15, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Dear owners of Henry* "Let not your heart be troubled" ... for you'll be reunited someday in Heaven -- the afterlife. Love is eternal... A friend told me a story; when his father died, he appeared in apparition along with their beloved dog who died years before, both of them were bathed in radiant light. Think of Henry as your angel on high...
Frances Hathaway November 16, 2012 at 07:12 AM
Henry was 5 when we moved to Sag. We often would visit the store just to get our " feel better fix" and to sing--- "roll with me Henry"- a great song. We shal remember Henry and his wonderful spirit. Frances&Deirdre

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