Cynthia Leigh Henning Hanks
The NCA sadly announces the passing of our friend, Cynthia Leigh Henning Hanks.
Cyndy passed away at her home on September 3, 2008 after a long battle with cancer. She was 61 years old.
Cyndy was very active in the NCA, and she served as editor of the Merry-Go-Roundup for 15 years from 1993 through 2007! Cyndy used her experience in layout and design along with her knowledge of carousels to turn out a high quality publication for us during those years.
Cyndy used her talents to support carousels in many ways. She enjoyed researching carousels and carousel companies of upstate New York. In 2003, she authored the book, Boulder Amusement Park: The Biography of a Carrousel. (Cyndy rode on the Boulder Amusement Park carousel in Indian Falls, New York where she lived as a child.)
Cyndy served on the board of the Herschell Carrousel Factory Museum in North Tonawanda, New York. She was an accredited member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and held active memberships in the National Amusement Park Historical Association, the Pembroke Historical Association in Genesee County, New York, and the George Eastman House and Eastman House Council in Rochester, New York.
Cyndy actively supported many of the carousels in New York, researching their history and sharing with them in their struggles and their successes.
A warrior for many things and a true friend to all, she sparkled with many facets of interest in her life. We all became aware of her great sense of courage and sense of humor in response to life's adversities.