It is sad news that we report today that industry legend Jimmy Page Henderson has passed away at the age of 69. Henderson, a titan in the business joined Showco in 1972. Then in 1991, Henderson worked with Jack Calmes to build Syncrolite for more than two decades. With deepest respect and admiration, we light a candle for another well respected member of the industry passing on.
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DALLAS – It is with great sadness that Syncrolite, LLC announces that Jimmy Page Henderson passed away on January 5, 2016. Since 1969 Jimmy has been a fixture in Rock ‘n Roll touring and concert promotion. His roots went deep into the heart of our industry starting with concert promotions, night club management and then joining founder Jack Calmes at Showco in 1972 as their first and only salesman. Jimmy saw it all and came to know everyone as he helped grow Showco from a simple two system sound company to a complete production company doing over 2000 live performances per year worldwide.
After leaving Showco in 1978 and working another round of concert promotion and venue management, Jimmy again teamed with Calmes to help build Syncrolite in 1991. Working at Syncrolite for the next 24 years Jimmy and Jack grew Syncrolite into the world leader in large format lighting for concerts, special events, sporting events, television and film. In a sad ironic twist, Jimmy’s passing was exactly one year after the passing of Calmes.
Jerry Trojan, CEO of Syncrolite commented, “Jimmy was truly a special person that was committed to our customers, considering them to be friends and partners and not just clients. He had an infectious personality that will be greatly missed by his Syncrolite family and the rest of the industry. I think that Durham and Jennie Marenghi, Lighting Designer, best describe the industry’s collective thoughts on Jimmy”:
“Jimmy Page was a larger than life character who brought a smile to all who met him, the stories surrounding Jimmy, and therefore his life, were legend and those who listened to his ‘war stories’ of the Rock and Roll industry would regard them in disbelief until other parties involved confirmed their absolute truth. He will be sadly missed by all those he touched with his joie de vivre, wicked sense of humor and natural compassion and we are glad to have called him friend.”
Jonathan Adamson, Chairman of Syncrolite said of Henderson “It always amazed me that Jimmy could pick up the phone and talk to any Lighting Designer anywhere in the world. He made friends all over the world who were always happy to hear from him. Jimmy will be greatly missed.”
“The industry has lost a seasoned veteran and friend that captivated the hearts of everyone” said Steve Washington Syncrolite Chief Product Officer. “Jimmy was the voice and face of Syncrolite for over two decades. His love and passion for this industry will be truly missed. His award winning smile and knack for making any bad situation seem good will never be forgotten.”
In a recent interview Jimmy was asked about when he might retire; he said “You don’t retire from this business. You may slow down but you can’t really retire – it’s in your blood”. Jimmy brought that spirit to every effort and relationship he built over the last 46 years and he and his great stories of the road will be missed.
Jimmy is survived by his daughter Kira Henderson-Wample and son Josh Henderson, Josh’s wife Carey, grandchildren Kate & Waylon and many other family members in Oklahoma and across the country. Jimmy’s wish was to have a family service that has been scheduled for January 9, 2016 at 11:00AM at the Community Church, at 1-35 and Seward Road, in Guthrie, OK. Plans for a Memorial Service in Dallas for Jimmy’s many business friends and extended family are pending. Details will be announced at a future date via Jimmy’s Facebook page.