Harry Edward Hoey Jr.
March 13, 1951 – October 14, 2020
Harry Edward Hoey, Jr. age 69 of Springboro, Ohio passed away in peace on Wednesday, October 14, 2020, surrounded by his children at Quaker Heights Nursing Home in Waynesville, Ohio after a long battle with several health challenges. Harry was born to Harry Edward Hoey Sr., and wife Mary in Camden, New Jersey on March 13, 1951. Harry grew up in Camden and graduated from Camden County Vocational School in 1970. In December of that same year, he enlisted in the Marine Corp. During Harry’s tour of duty at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, his specialty was as an Ammunition Technician. After completing his Active Duty in the Marines, Harry continued to serve in the Marine Corps Reserve. In 1973 he married his sweetheart, Rosemary Cannon of Philadelphia, and the two welcomed their first child, Harry Edward Hoey III. Two years later their family was blessed with a second child Jennifer Ann. Most of Harry’s career was focused on Tool and Die, which afforded several moves and contracts with different companies moving their little family from New Jersey to Indiana, Michigan, Canada, and finally to Dayton, Ohio where they planted their roots in Centerville. Upon moving to Ohio and making their new home, Harry took a position in upper management at The Gayston Corporation. Over a five-year period with The Gayston Corporation Harry became interested in learning the art of drying, cleaning, and restoring homes and structures damaged by water, fire, and smoke. In 1991, Harry retired from The Gayston Corporation and bought a SERVPRO franchise, namely, SERVPRO of Middletown/Springboro. Shortly thereafter he acquired 2 more locations and all are still successfully operating and growing today. Throughout his careers, Harry worked very hard to make a solid foundation for his family to build on and was dedicated to always improving their way of life and leaving an extraordinary legacy. Concentrating on his pursuits, he remained a fervent provider for his family, always providing for their needs and wants throughout his life willingly and passionately. He took great pride in his family and found his joy in his later years in spending quality time with his adult children and his grandchildren. Over the course of Harry’s adult life, he shared a love affair with water, boating, and fishing, spending most of his leisure time on the lake, primarily Lake Erie. He spent the better part of the summers with family and countless friends over the last 29 years at Put-In-Bay on his boat, fishing. Harry loved discovering new places, people, and interests, and as long as he was surrounded by good people, good food, and the water, he was home wherever the wind took him. He was a true outdoorsman with a passion for gun collecting and shooting especially with his best friend Dick, stemming back to his childhood days with his Dad and Moreover his Armorer days with the Marine Corp. Harry found much of his solace behind the fishing rod, and if someone was listening, most conversations wound up on the topic of Walley or the Largemouth Bass, with a sparkle in his eye and a smile on his face. Harry never seemed to meet a stranger, there was never any doubt, he would quickly give you the shirt off his back and be ready to go to battle for what he believed in, a quality undoubtedly ingrained in him by his parents. Although Harry would be the first to tell you he was a bit of a rebel in his younger years! But he may very well be best known by many of his friends for his expressive and colorful stories…No one could entirely vouch for all of his stories all the time, but that was what people loved about him most. He was a vivacious storyteller, to say the least, with a penchant for colorful language at times that had a way of decorating even the heaviest of conversations, always leaving his listeners with a smile. He could fill the room with wit and logic, a swirl of characters, big fish, and friends, that always brought to life an array of personal adventures that you could not forget. Harry was preceded in death by his wife, Rosemary Dolores Hoey (2012), and by his Father Harry Edward Hoey Sr (2010). Harry is survived by his loving Mother, Mary (Whispert) Hoey of New Jersey; his sisters, Anna Marie (Salvatore) Bagnana of Florida, Rae Mary (Philip) Sacca of Florida, and Deborah (Geogre) Giansanti of New Jersey; his dedicated and devoted children, Harry Edward (Alisha) Hoey III, and Jennifer Ann (Mark) Duncan; his cherished Grandchildren, Dylan, Preston, Jacob, Madelyn, MaryKathryn, and Zachary; Best friend Dick and his wife Linda Johnson, and countless friends, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Harry lived life on his terms, and when it came to loving his life, and his family, there was no halfway. They say there are some fish that cannot be caught, and I’ll stick with believing that this big fish has now been released into the great wide open, sharing his extraordinary and colorful stories for all of eternity. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 12 – 2 PM on Monday, October 19, 2020 at ANDERSON FUNERAL HOME, Franklin. Funeral services will follow at 2 PM. A reception will follow at the home of Jen and Mark Duncan. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.anderson-fh.com
Gathering of Family & Friends
Monday, October 19, 2020
Monday, October 19, 2020