Townsend-Wood Funeral Chapel

201 East Elm Street, Penn Yan, NY


Harry G. Erway Jr.

November 23, 1925November 19, 2019

Harry G. Erway, Jr. of Penn Yan passed away peacefully at home on November 19, 2019. He was born November 23, 1925 in Elmira, NY, the son of Harry and Dorotha Erway.

In 1943, Harry graduated from Southside High School in Elmira, NY and answered the call of duty during WWII, serving briefly in the Army Air Corps (now known as the US Air Force). He was training to pilot airplanes when the war ended. Harry maintained a love of flying throughout his life and was deeply patriotic.

Harry married Alice Louise Lowery in 1946, in what was a spectacular triple wedding they shared with two of Alice’s sisters. It was the talk of the town in 1946. They started a family in Elmira, and moved to Apalachin, NY where they raised seven children. While working at New York Telephone Company in Elmira and Binghamton as the district manager, in 42 years he never used a single sick day! When Harry retired in 1988, he continued to consult as a contractor for another 16 years. He had a terrific work ethic which he instilled in his children and is part of his legacy to them.

Harry and his family spent many family vacations at Keuka Lake where they enjoyed wonderful gatherings of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends, making fond memories they all treasure.

Active in his community, Harry served as treasurer of the Apalachin Kiwanis Club, Vestal Soccer League coach, President of the Tioga Terrace Civic Association and councilman for the town of Oswego. Harry was instrumental in the fund-raising efforts for building the new St. Margaret Mary's Church in Apalachin. He then went on to serve on the first parish council for the church.

Harry was a devoted Roman Catholic, after converting in 1945 to marry Alice. Everything in his life was connected to his faith: how he attended mass regularly, was a member of the weekly rosary group, and served as a counter for St. Michael's Parish in Penn Yan and at St. Margaret Mary's for over 40 years. One remarkable characteristic that showed his devotion to prayer was the prayer list he created when he was a younger man. He prayed every day for those who were sick and who had passed, memorizing the list, so that once you were on it you were never taken off. He had more than 100 names.

Those left to cherish his memories include 6 children: Harry G. Erway, III (Eileen) of Penn Yan, Kathleen A. Beinert (Laurence) of Williston VT, Gail M. Haight (Mike Hainsworth) of Penn Yan, Patricia Gabello Proutey (Richard Gabello) of Wilmington NC, Thomas J. Erway of Binghamton NY, and David W. Erway (Susan) of Knoxville, TN. He also leaves ten grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Harry was predeceased by his wife Alice, a son Michael, a son Timothy, and his grandson Joshua.

A viewing will be held at Townsend Wood Funeral Home , 201 East Elm St.Penn Yan, NY on Friday, November 22nd from 2-4 and 6-8. A Christian Mass will be held on Saturday, November 23rd At 10 o’clock AM in Penn Yan at St, Michaels Catholic Church, 312 Liberty St. Penn Yan, NY. Followed by a reception in the Church hall following the mass. On Monday, November 25th a Memorial Service at 11 O'clock AM at St. Margaret Mary's Church, 1110 Pennsylvania Ave., Apalachin, NY and burial at Calvary Cemetery in Johnson City , NY, followed by a reception to be announced.

Arrangements are being handled by Townsend Wood Funeral Home, 201 East Elm St., Penn Yan, NY. Donations can be made at Covenant House New York, 550 10th Ave, NY, NY 10018 or Boys Town, PO Box 8000, Boys Town, NE 68010, two of Harry’s favorite charities. Fond memories of Harry may be shared with his family and friends at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com


  • Covenant House New York
  • Boys Town


  • Calling Hours Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, November 23, 2019
  • Memorial Mass Monday, November 25, 2019


Harry G. Erway Jr.

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Tom Hanley

November 24, 2019

When I think of Slim I think about him fixing things. He was never happier than being in his garage surrounded by his tools. Puttering was more than a sideline for him, it was a lifestyle.
Beyond turning a wrench, another specialty was getting the color right on the TV. We would be in the basement watching a show and he would wander by and notice the color wasn't quite right. He would kneel in front of the TV blocking the screen and for the next ten minutes adjust the tint and hue controls till it was "just right." Of course, by then the show or game was over.
Slim had a long run. Hope he's happy getting back together with Alice and Monique.