OBITUARY

Harold A. Condara Sr.

December 26, 1930November 21, 2017

Harold, Harry, Hal, Dad, Grandaddy was born on the day after Christmas in 1930 in New York City and passed away on November 21, 2017, in Houston, Texas. He is preceded by his hard working, loving, colorful parents Theodore (Curly) (Bunka) Condara and Mary Ellen (Molly) (Nana) Stanton Condara. Harold is survived by his only sibling Mary Bridget (Maureen) Nugent and her husband of fifty years, John (Jack) Nugent, previously of Millbrook, New York and presently of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Harold is also survived by his dear friend of many years, Ann Martin Sharp, Harold is survived by his first wife Doris Anderson Condara, the mother of his seven children and by those children and their spouses and their children, all of Houston, Texas. The lucky seven are Christie Condara-Vetter and husband Richard, Karen Kovach Webb, Hal Condara, Jr. and wife Sally Parsley Condara, Theodore (Ted) Condara and wife Marcy Woodard, Mary Beth Condara, Margaret Ellen (Meg) Condara Lancaster and husband Graham Lancaster and Clare Condara Baarlaer and husband David Baarlaer. The really lucky grandchildren are – Christie’s children: Virginia Vetter, Leah Vetter, Colette Vetter; Karen’s children: Angela Kovach, Carolyn Kovach Bowen (and Carl); Hal’s children: Andrea Condara, Erin Condara Lewis (and Taylor), Susie Condara Maddox (and Tyler), Christopher Condara, Ben Condara, Cameron Condara; Ted’s children: Ronnie Hixon (Liz), Danny Hixon (Christine), Candace Condara Mensik (Eric), Matthew Condara, Emily Condara; Mary Beth’s children: Molly Chang, Katie Chang, Liam Chang, Meg’s children: Griff Lancaster, Gavin Lancaster, Grayson Lancaster; and Clare’s children: Bridget Baarlaer and Jacob Baarlaer. The really really lucky great grandchildren are Magnus Mensik and Penelope Mensik. Harold (Hal) also loved Ann Sharp’s Arkansas family and her children Patti Taylor (and David), Larry Sharp (and Jeri), Sheri Rieke (and Glen) and Ann’s grandchildren Jack, Claire, Meg and Ben Taylor, Adam and Oliver Sharp, Daniel, Dustin, Jessica and Bonnie Rieke and their spouses and children. Harold was an athlete, a scholar, a mischief, a dashing gentleman, an oil and gas professional, a dominoes player, a fisherman, a body surfer, a bridge player, a constant gardener, a scrabble aficionado, a carpenter, a poker player, a New York city smart kid, a chili making Texan, a loving, giving, teaching father and grandfather and was NEVER EVER boring. After growing up in New York City, where he enjoyed the camaraderie of his many Irish and Greek first cousins and attended St. John’s Prep, Harold attended Niagara University on a football and basketball scholarship. He chose basketball and excelled on the team and in school, where he met some lifelong friends, including Doris Condara. After graduating from Niagara in 1953, Harold served as a lieutenant in the army in El Paso, Texas. After the service, they moved back to New York City, where Harold was employed by Shell Oil Company, where he spent his 30 year career, living in suburbs of New York City, including Glen Rock, New Jersey and moving to Texas for good in 1970. After retiring from Shell, Harold moved to Galveston, Texas and proceeded to singlehandedly transform a group of barren lots into a garden wonderland for his grandchildren and a sanctuary for migrating birds. He became a Master Gardener and had seagulls for pets who responded to his whistle. He built a beautiful spacious Frank Lloyd Wright style deck on the tiny house behind his house on stilts, which became the “Outback”, the site of many a good meal and fun poker game with Grandaddy after a day on the beach, complete with mullet catching and body surfing. In recent years, Harold has been a happy and constant visitor at Ann’s in Bellavita in Pearland, Texas, where much bridge has been played with the close friends they made there. We will all miss him terribly. The light is dimmer here today and brighter where he has gone. But our memories and his wisdom will be with us always. Visitation with the family will be on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 1:00 in the afternoon, followed by a Funeral Mass at St. Michael Catholic Church, 1801 Sage Rd., Houston, Texas.

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Larry Holloway

November 28, 2017

It has been an honor to have known Hal and to have enjoyed his humor and to have learned from him what a real gentleman is.
Larry

Gail Choate

November 26, 2017

My condolences to the family and especially to Ann Sharp, who has been Hal's faithful companion for many years. Hal will be missed by his neighbors in Bay Harbor
Gail Choate

Tushar Dhruv

November 26, 2017

Dr. Condara and Megan;

I most cherish my association with your father when both of us worked on a joint venture project, called Seadock - a deepwater crude oil import facility - on loan from our respective employers. My path crossed with Hal only for a short four years from 1973 to 1976, but I enjoyed our friendship. I regret that I could not connect with him in Galveston or in Pearland. Further, I just now saw this obituary on 26 November missing out on the services yesterday. My apologies.

He has left all the family members and friends many loving memories.

November 25, 2017

Hi Dr Condara,
I saw in the paper on Sat. the passing of your father. He sounds like a great man and will be missed very much. My prayers are with you and your family.
Julie O'Brien (St. Joseph Cath Lab Nurse)

November 25, 2017

My condolences to the family . May God comfort you during this time of mourning . Matthew 5 : 4 .

Gail Choate

November 25, 2017

Hal was a great neighbor and friend. He will missed in Bay Harbor.
My condolences to Ann Sharp and to Hal's family.

S D

November 25, 2017

Please accept my heartfelt condolences to the Condara family and friends for the passing of your dear loved one. Losing a loved one in death is never easy. One day many will have the opportunity to live again. May the hope of everlasting life sustain and comfort you during this difficult time (John 17:3). When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure in your heart and it lives forever. May the wonderful treasures fill your hearts with love and bring you peace.

Barbara Christian

November 24, 2017

So sorry to hear about sweet Hal's passing. I feel like I know him much better after reading about him here. Deepest condolences to my dear friend Ann Sharp and to all in the Condara and Sharp families.

November 24, 2017

Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your father. May your faith, family and friends comfort you during this difficult time.

Emily Castille Prus

lelia culpepper

November 23, 2017

I am so sorry to hear about Hal Sr. All my best. Lelia Culpepper

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