Henry Torres, Sr.

Henry Torres, Sr., 61, of Galveston, passed away Thursday October 26, 2023, in Galveston. Henry was born March 15, 1962, in Galveston, to Eugenio and Lydia Torres.

Henry is preceded in death by his parents, Eugenio and Lydia Torres; brother, Eugene Torres Jr.; mother-in-law, Bertha Benavides, and in-laws, Liz and Greg Perez, Lillian De La Cruz, and Mike Garza. He is survived by his wife, Sylvia Torres; one daughter, Elizabeth Diane Torres of Galveston; one son, Henry Torres, Jr. (Andrea) of Galveston; three grandchildren: Demery, Aviana, and Elynna; four brothers, Eduardo Torres, Jose Torres (Rosamaria), Samuel Torres, and David Torres (Tere Maria); in-laws Chris Garza, R.C. De La Cruz, Patty Meyer (Bob); nephews and nieces, Jose Torres, Jr., Samuel Torres, Jr., Michael Torres, Alex Torres, David Torres, Jr., Lydia Torres, and Jennifer Torres; numerous extended family and close friends.

Henry “Gunner” Torres was a lifelong resident of Galveston and attended Ball High School. He was a 46-year veteran Longshoreman with the International Longshoremen Association (ILA) Local 20. He served in various union leadership positions, was a mentor to numerous new longshoremen, held supervisory roles, represented the Local at national conferences, and considered an expert on the docks. His accomplishments with ILA Local 20 were long and impressive.

Gunner was a people person that never met a stranger. He would buy you a drink, find out your life history, and you would be invited to his next party by the end of the conversation. He was the life of the party with a smile that could light up a room. You could also hear him a mile away. He loved live music, gambling, and sports, card nights with the guys, bar-b-queing, crawfish boils, and ice cold Miller Lite. While he knew how to have fun, Gunner’s generosity was unparalleled. He has cooked for hundreds of fundraisers and benefits for family, friends, and strangers without hesitation. Gunner contributed his time, money, and opinion whether you wanted it or not to anyone and everyone that asked. He’s the first person to call and check on you in your time of need and there to lend a helping hand. You wanted him in your corner.

Gunner was also a family man. His first love was his mother, whom he talked to everyday while she was alive followed by his wife, Sylvia of almost 42 years. He was proud of his two children, Henry Jr. and Elizabeth, but his favorite role was being a grandpa or paw-paw to his three granddaughters. If you ever wanted to see his hard exterior removed, just have one of his granddaughters stare at him with their big brown eyes and ask Paw for some candy, popsicle, or whatever else they wanted.

Gunner loved hard, partied hard, and lived his life to the fullest. His presence will be sorely missed by his family, friends, ILA brothers and sisters, and Galveston community.

Honorary pallbearers are Ramiro Silva, David Copado, Tim Schillings, Manuel Trevino, Donald Borsellino, Jr., John Anderson, Robert Malmstrom, Ruben Garcia, and Mike Nelson.

A memorial service will be held at the ILA Local 20 (6501 Harborside Dr., Galveston, TX, 77554) on Wednesday November 1, 2023 at 2:00 PM.

A special thanks to the International Longshoremen’s Association for their support and recognition of Henry’s longtime career as an ILA member.

Arrangements are under the direction of the James Crowder Funeral Home in La Marque.





  1. My man! Rest in Peace my dear friend. You will be truly missed, I will always remember and cherish the memories with you. The waterfront won’t be the same without you brother.

    Frank Trevino
  2. My life and the lives of my family will be forever dimmed by the loss of this bright light. How do you say thanks to the friend that changed your life. He asked for a job for me that I wouldn’t ask for myself. 33 years later I have a career. How many people that aren’t family do you trust with your children. Henry and Sylvia kept my youngest son when he was two months old so I could go out for my birthday. My life took me away from Galveston and many of my friends. But any time I saw Henry the time melted away. It was like we had seen each other the day before. He will be missed by my whole family, especially my sons they their loved Uncle Gunner. I am so sad that my grandson never got to use that term. He will be forever missed. I am so sorry for your loss.

    Chuck Borsellino
  3. Our deepest sympathies are with you all during this challenging time. Our fond memories of Henry (Cousin, Uncle, Friend 💕) will forever be cherished.
    All our Love, Yolanda, Vince, Victor and Xavier Benitez.

    Yolanda (Torres) Benitez
  4. Love you Gun, Rest in paradise. Until we meet again 🫶🏻💕

    Hailey Quintanilla
  5. Fly high Gunner, you will be missed not just by family and friends but, by a whole ISLAND.

    Tammie Caballero
    • Rest in paradise uncle gunner, thank you for all your contributions to me and my family. Your two nephews who miss and love you dearly- Jacob And Caleb Torres

      Jacob Torres
  6. Sylvia, my sincere condolences. Remembering you & the family in my prayers. I am so sorry that I will not be able to attend the services as I am recovering from major surgery. May God give you physical and mental strength. Much Love!

    Connie (Rodriguez) Roque Byers
  7. To our friend and our family gunner we love u and will miss u I know Willie and Theresa Copado are with u to guide u on ur next journey u will always b in our hearts! RIP😢

    Danny Copado
  8. Stone cold say rest in peace my local brother tell lash hello

    Stone cold
  9. My condolences to Gunner’s family. The loss of a true island legend will not be forgotten.

  10. Henry, you were a light shinning in a dark place. I will miss you so much. Ed, Alex and I will never forget our trip with you to New Orleans. My love to Sylvia, Henry jr and Elizabeth and the rest of the family.

    Irma. Ed and Alex Webb
  11. Henry Torres my life was better because you were in it. Now the hard part is life going on without you in it. You brought complete joy to my life. Noone knows all the times you included me and treated me like family. You were always there for me and i THANK YOU for that. Gun im proud to call you my brother. We had allot of good times together.I will miss your big AZZ. Rest in peace Henry (Gunner) Torres.

    Danny Jewell
  12. Herny, we talked at Kroger last Saturday (10/21/23). Little did we know that would be our last conversation. It went like all of our conversation and always ended in a laugh. I am proud to have been able to call you my friend and my life is better for having known you Big Gunner!

    You will be missed,

    Robert M. Quintero

    Robert Quintero
  13. I’m gonna Miss you Big Gunna 😔
    you always gave me good Advice…
    MITZY we all have 24 hours it’s your choice what you do
    in those 24 hrs
    Rest Easy
    ILA STRONG 💪🏿 ❤️

    Missy Salter
  14. My condolence to the family.

    Vivian Lartigue-Shelvin
  15. BIG GUNNER, forever loud and forever proud. You were one of the best! Always happy, always smiling, and always willing to help! You’re in the arms of the angels now, rest in peace, my friend.

    Our deepest condolences to Sylvia and the entire Torres family.

    May God bless,
    Donna Moore and family.

    Donna Moore
  16. Sylvia, you are the person that made his life complete in giving him a family that grew into his proud and joy. His love for Elizabeth was like no other. Lil Gun was his smile. Gunner being the loud person that he is, always had that soft heart when it came to family. No matter where I seen him, Gunner would “loudly” say “hey girl, whatcha doing”…ending with “ya know I always love ya”……referring to me and Sam. So I think all that knew him have memories that will never be forgotten, whether you traveled with him, had a drink with him or just called him, which I agree with everyone, he would always be there if you needed him.
    The saying “rest in peace” is not for Gunner, “keep on, keeping on” is what he will be doing………my deepest condolences to you Sylvia, Elizabeth, Lil Gun, grandbabies and extended family.

    Mary & Sam
  17. Sylvia, Henry Jr,Liz, Andrea and all the granddaughters, my deepest condolences on you loss! Henry , I met you in high school, you went on our senior trip. We stayed friends through the years and I am so happy that our sons are friends. Michael being Elynna Godfather is so special. I can’t thank you enough for always being there for me and my boys after Mike passed away! You were like a father figure to them. I know you are in a better place. But we will never forget you. I will definitely miss your daily posts and giving me a hard time on my posts. I will miss seeing you come in the candy store and raising hell with us and laughing as you walked out the door! Fly high my brother! One day I will see you again!

    Carmen Rodriguez

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