Shawn Jerome Henry

August 6, 1967 - February 28, 2024

08/06/1967 - 02/28/2024

Shawn Jerome Henry, a beloved individual, beatmaker, and visual artist, was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 6, 1967 to Robert Henry and Dedra Malone Lloyd. On February 28, 2024, he passed away in Virginia Beach.

Shawn grew up in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Darby Township, and was affectionately known as “Shawn Ski” to his family and friends. He developed a passion for music at an early age. When hip-hop first hit the scene in the 1970’s and rose to mainstream popularity in the 1980’s, Shawn discovered a form of self-expression. Shawn was one of the first guys in the community to have a boom box. He went downtown to get the latest rap cassette tapes and then played them as loud as his speakers would allow him to. Shawn not only embraced hip-hop music, but he embraced the culture. He was known for wearing hip-hop clothes.  He was an avid collector of jerseys, jackets, hats, jewelry, and sneakers that were popularized by rap artists.

In 1986, he graduated from Academy Park High School, in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania. He then went on to attend a technical skills training program. Shawn’s career as a commercial truck driver spanned nearly 25 years. He worked for the Great Bear Spring Company, a linen and uniform rental company, and DB Logistics (formerly known as Bax Global).

Shawn’s love for music expanded to include writing lyrics and performing with a rap group. He later purchased his own music equipment and taught himself how to make beats.  He inherited an expansive album collection from his uncle that he cherished.  He spent countless hours in his grandparents’ basement listening to records and making his own music. He worked with an array of rap artists, vocalists, and musicians.  He recorded music at several major studios in Philadelphia, and he pursued a record deal in New York City. Shawn also developed an interest in visual art. He started to explore photography and graphic design. His photography often focused on landscapes, iconic sights in Philadelphia, and candid moments with his children. Shawn preferred to be behind the lens rather than in front of the camera. In many ways, this perspective depicts the way Shawn lived his life.

Shawn was especially devoted to his grandparents Percy, Jr. and Amanda Carter Henry (“Nana”). He was often there to help them in anyway he could. He was also a caring father. In 2020, Shawn and his family moved to Virginia Beach. He enjoyed spending time with his family at the beach and park. Even though his time with his children was short, he created good memories with them.

We remember Shawn for his love for music, his beauty of imagination, and his quiet and cool demeanor. We treasure his commitment to family and friends and those in need.

He is survived by his devoted partner of 19 years, Monica Pagan, his five daughters Najzah, Chaise, Sha’Nya, Malia, and Zendaya, one son Zane, three grandchildren, mother Dedra Lloyd, step-mother Joyce Henry-Trusty, two brothers Julian Henry and Antoine Henry, four sisters Stacey Johnson, Randi Clarke, Toria Johnson-Smith, and Tia Johnson-Mann, Aunt Carolyn Peay. A host of relatives and friends mourn his passing.

 

The one thing is to keep the fire burning and don’t ever quit, dig deep into your mind and give the world a picture of you. – Shawn J. Henry

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Joseph L. Bennett
1 month ago

Sorry to hear that Our World has lost a Great Friend?? Thank U Beloved, for Always being Authentic, Genuine and Sincere. ♥️♥️????U definitely were one of a kind, just chilling in the shadows??? In our youthful days, I couldn’t imagine, U having any enemies??? Always a quiet, laid back, fun loving guy, who literally would do anything for anyone (My P.O.V.) I haven’t figured out how GOD’S total plan operates as of yet, but I do know that We all are created specifically and purposefully?? Rest Well Baby Boy, U most definitely conducted Urself in Ur own lane. Much Love, Respect and Appreciation fam. I Pray that GOD’S Peace, which Surpasses All Understanding, Envelopes Ur Loved one’s Hearts Eternally ♥️♥️♥️ Bless U L.P. Yungn

Sunni Jennings
1 month ago

Prayers and Condolences Lincoln Park Forever!

Lawrence Mckissick iii
1 month ago

Weeping my endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning ?? I will never forget all the great times we had and beautiful moments spent with family & friends. We grew from Boyz Il MEN together although your gone I will celebrate your spirit. Never GOOD BYE just so long for now. Rest in Paradise ??

Yon A. Gallmon
1 month ago

L.P. legend . Rest well Homie. Shawn Ski?????

Crystal Johnson
1 month ago

God Rest Your Soul….Lincoln Park Forever❤️