HENRICUS (Henk) MEINTSER.
Born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on September 27, 1923 Henk came with his wife Nel to America in 1949. On March 21st he went to be with our Heavenly Father and all his loved ones who went before him, especially his beloved daughter Karen who passed away in August of 2003. He made a difference in all the many lives he touched. He will be greatly missed by his wife of 55 years, his son Hans, daughter Anneke and her husband Ray Dishaw, son Erik and wife Michelle, his daughter Jocelyn and granddaughters Sierra, Bianca, Amanda and Nova and grandsons Peter Sean and Nicholaas, his family members here, whom he sponsored, by those in the Netherlands and numerous friends. In 1976-1977 he served as president of The Holland America Club of Dallas.
Many are his contributions to the history of soccer within the Metroplex. In addition to being among the founders of the North Texas Soccer Association he served as its first President. He also served as President of the North Texas Referee Association. In 1960 he started the soccer program at Jesuit College Preparatory School and served as the Rangers varsity coach for 20 years. Apart from his high school coaching he started soccer programs and coached at St. Rita School and the University of Dallas in Irving. Upon his retirement from Jesuit in 1982 the Jesuit Meintser Tournament was inaugurated with a yearly participation of High Schools from the Metroplex and throughout the state of Texas. In 1990 Henk was inducted in the North Texas Soccer Association Hall of Fame.
His wonderful zest for life and great sense of humor will be long remembered by all who knew him Memorial services will be as follows: Rosary and Mass at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 411 Paula Rd., McKinney, Texas at 8 p.m., Tuesday, March 23rd. Memorial service at Jesuit College Preparatory in the AAA building, 12345 Inwood Rd., Dallas, Texas at 3 p.m., Sunday, March 28th. In lieu of flowers contributions can be sent to the Henk Meintser Scholarship Fund at Jesuit College Prep. Memorial tributes can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in the Dallas Morning News on 3/23/2004.