December 24, 1924 – June 17, 2020
Walter Harlick, age 95, of Jacksonville passed away on June 17, 2020. He was Born in New York, New York on December 24, 1924. Upon graduation from high school in New York, Walter went on to ICS College in Scranton, Pennsylvania and earned a degree in architectural engineering.
In 1943, Walter married Harriet Louise Savage the couple eloped in New York City before Walter enlisted in the U.S. Army to serve in World War II and later the Korean War. He returned from the wars a decorated veteran ready to establish his life and family with his true love, Harriet.
After the Army, he worked for Sealtest, Schlitz, Central Soya, Tyson, Sherwin Williams building many large manufacturing plants. As much as he enjoyed his life's work, he loved Harriet more than anything in the world and kissed her each time he left for work and when he returned home. He treated her with the utmost respect and would do anything for her - always with a smile, never a complaint. Walter's love story was cut short when Harriet died in April of 1970 - he lived on, but his heart was forever broken until they were reunited in Heaven 50 years later.
Walter was a devoted family man. To his children, he was a role model, a hero, a friend. He fostered a special relationship with each of his family members. He raised his family to be faithful, honest and responsible people. As a devout Catholic, he took his children to church and showed them by his example how to practice the faith. He earned the third degree as a Knight of Columbus.
As a man who never met a stranger, Walter maintained a great sense of humor and shared a kind word and a joke every chance he got. As a member of the greatest generation, he was a true patriot who loved his country. At family get togethers, he expounded on the importance of God Bless America. He shared his love for Big Band music and raised many a toast with a glass of red wine. Later in life, his main mode of transportation became his bicycle. He rode his circuit from Atlantic Boulevard to Beach Boulevard to purchase his lotto scratch off tickets, cash in his winnings, and flirtatiously check on his girls. At the end of his days, he returned home to watch favorite old movies on TCM or to do Calculus just for fun.
Surviving to cherish his memory are his children, Victor Harlick (Eva), Lynn Johnson (John), and Walter Harlick, Jr.; grandchildren, Roxie Lewis (Jeff), Ryan Harlick (Dawn), Nicholas Johnson, Adam Johnson (Brandi), Alex Johnson; great-grandchildren, Jessie West and Kylie Johnson, James Fort and Victoria Fort; brothers, Roy Harlick and Walter Savage; nieces and nephews, Ann Savage, Gail Wood (Chuck), George Savage (Sonia), Guy Savage (Elmira), Peter Harlick (Laura). Walter was pre-deceased by his beloved wife, Harriet; daughter, Geraldine West (Rick); grandson, Daniel Johnson; sister, Gertrude Stevens.
Visitation with family will be held from 3 - 7 PM on Tuesday, July 7, 2020 at HARDAGE-GIDDENS FUNERAL HOME, 1701 Beach Boulevard, Jacksonville Beach. Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 on Wednesday, July 8 at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 435 First Avenue North, Jacksonville Beach followed by a reception at the Knights of Columbus, 1401 Second Avenue North, Jacksonville Beach. Private Committal Service at Jacksonville National Cemetery with military honors rendered by the U.S. Army. Celebration of Life Reception from 4 - 8 PM on Friday, July 10, 2020 at Fleet Reserve Association Branch 290, 390 Mayport Road, Atlantic Beach.
Celebration of Life Reception
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Fleet Reserve Association Branch 290
Tuesday, July 7, 2020
Mass of Christian Burial
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Wednesday, July 8, 2020
July 8, 2020
Walter was always a happy gentleman while attending the snack kitchen at the KofC bingo. I had a few conversations with him about the war years while we were both working the bingo events. He was very enlightening on things that I asked. Being 14 years younger than he, Walter shed light on those events I only dimly remember. He shall forever be counted among the GREATEST GENERATION!
July 7, 2020
Sending our sincere thoughts and prayers from the “northern” Harlick’s. Brother Roy Harlick, 87 years young (Long Island, NY) & nephew Peter Harlick (Charlotte, NC) Uncle Walter was a giant of a man with so many life experiences. Born from immigrants with with no expectations of handouts. You served your country bravely in two wars and are a true American Patriot. Brave, smart, funny, sincere and above all loyal to his family & friends. Walter you will be deeply missed by many and have left an indelible mark on everyone you have met. May God hold you and keep you and eternal rest be granted upon you. Lynn you’ve done a wonderful job honoring your father. God bless you and your family.
July 7, 2020
Sending heavenly thoughts and prayers 🙏. I Met Walter many times and He always had a big smile and a joyful laugh... he was very loved by his family and friends.... I know he will be deeply missed ... R.I.P. ❤️
July 5, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Lynn and family. So sorry for your loss. Walter sounds like he was a wonderful person. Heaven has gained an angel. Ron and Michele Campbell
July 4, 2020
Daddy Miss you love Lynn
July 4, 2020
Daddy Happy 4th of July Love Lynn
July 4, 2020
Daddy we put one of these wreaths on all of our doors Roxie made them Love Lynn
July 4, 2020
Daddy we Love and miss you. I wanted to make sure to Wish you Happy 4th of July it is Mommy's birthday today & I know the two of you are finally together again after 50 years apart in the house of our Lord. Next 4th of July I promise to give out the Bill of Rights & Flag pins not safe this year. I Love you so much please give Danny, Mommy, Geri, Rick, Grandma, Grandpa, Ruth a big hug and kiss from me. All my Love Baby
June 28, 2020
Walter Harlick you where such a great friend you will be missed so dearly there isn’t a holiday that we didn’t spend together you always made me laugh Drive you too the Beach to look at the girls or to the Knights of Columbus to work in the kitchen on Bingo nights or just sit home 🏡 and watch TV 📺 on Saturday nights or take you to get your lottery tickets 🎫 at Publix you were always so full of life may you Rest In Peace my dear friend we Love 💕 you Walter life is so empty without you see you on the other side one day we all miss you 😘
June 27, 2020
I met Walt about 5 years ago at the Knights of Columbus. I was financial secretary and whenever I stopped at the office Walt was to be found working in the kitchen . We struck up a conversation and soon realized we came from similar neighborhoods in Brooklyn, NY and both were military veterans.
On Friday morning each week a group of about 12 veterans meet for breakfast. Walt accepted my invitation to join us.
He was a breath of fresh air. He found fellowship among other retired military, and we found a living piece of American history.
I was privileged to be Walter’s chauffeur to and from breakfast , stopping at Dunkin’ Doughnuts on the way home for his favorite, an Everything bagel .
I recall Walt was guest speaker at the American legion veterans day ceremony.
Not being a PC speaker, but very much an advocate for respecting our country and flag He spoke proudly of our nation and challenged the audience to protect what so many had died for. More than once he said if he could he would take every high school graduate to view the cemetery at Normandy Beach.
God bless you Walter and thanks for the memories.
June 21, 2020
I have know Walter for quite a few years. He was a interesting man who called everyone friend and called things the way he saw them. We have lost a great man but GOD has gotten an outstanding angel.+
June 20, 2020
It’s difficult to articulate about a life well lived. Uncle Walter was a renaissance man, unassuming and extremely intelligent. He helped family and friends with his electrical and mathematical gifts.
He was always pleasant and fun to spend time with. It was memorable sharing so many adventures. He enjoyed his family and set a good example of how to make difference. Actions speak louder than words.
We were lucky to be part of his family and share in the joy and happiness spending time with him. We loved him and will miss him, keeping him in our hearts forever.
Love always, Gail, Chuck and family
June 19, 2020
I miss Walter for the time at Bingo and all he did to cheer us up and his stories. I know the ladies will miss him also.
June 17, 2020
Had the pleasure of meeting Walter when I worked in the community he resided in 8yrs ago . a brilliant man, with a ton of old school wisdom. Listening to him recall New York City in the 30"s,remembering trolley schedules , street names. little farms where skyscrapers now stand. amazing recall abilities even into his 90"s when he was guest speaker for the beaches veterans day ceremony at A.L.316... I will always hold the memories of our conversations together recalling his life, as a personal gem. Grateful for the privilege of our friendship..
Love and respect to the family . I will miss you Walter.