August 15, 1932 – October 25, 2019
Harold Sona, 87, passed away October 25, 2019. Born in Newark, NJ, to Fred and Ruth Sona, Harold was one of eleven children. He served in the U.S. Army in Japan, returning to marry his childhood sweetheart, Barbara Anne (nee Nobrega) in 1956.
Harold and Barbara moved to Port Reading, NJ in 1966 where they continued to reside for the next 46 years, until moving to Toms River, NJ in 2012. All along the way, Harold (and Barbara) made lifelong friends.
A wonderful husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle, brother, brother-in-law, friend and man, Harold was a member of the Operating Engineers, and a true lover of the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing and boating, loved outdoor activities and his family. He always would say, “Let’s go for a ride” and you would find yourself somewhere in New Jersey (or other states), visiting family and friends, and welcomed by all.
Preceded in death by his beloved wife, Barbara in 2014, Harold is survived by his daughters: Patricia Blossom (and son-in-law, Alex Blossom, Palmer, AK) and Cynthia Doren (and son-in-law, Philip Doren, West Windsor, NJ); as well as, his six grandchildren (grandsons: Eric Libis (and wife Michelle), Joseph Libis (and partner Euline Deal), and Josh Libis (AK); granddaughters: Amy Thomas (AK) ( and her partner Kiel Comiskey); Rachel Doren (Washington, DC) and Melanie Doren (NJ)); five great-grandchildren; brother - Louis Sona, and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
A memorial visitation will be from 8:00 am to 9:00 am on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at Quinn Hopping Funeral Home 26 Mule Road Toms River, NJ 08755. A memorial service will be held at 9:00 am. Committal with Military Honors will follow at Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery 350 Provinceline Road Wrightstown, NJ 08562.
We’ve lost a bright light. Please remember him with one of your loving memories and his smile.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests making donations to your favorite charity in Harold’s name.
- MEMORIAL VISITATION Tuesday, November 12, 2019
- MEMORIAL SERVICE Tuesday, November 12, 2019
- BURIAL WITH MILITARY HONORS Tuesday, November 12, 2019
November 20, 2019
I'm really dreading posting this for a few reasons. 1 is because if I write this it really means my favorite uncle is no longer here. And the other reason is there's way to much to write about and to many memories to share.
Uncle Harold you where so much more then just an uncle to me. You played such a big part in my life that my son has your name. Kevin Harold Sona.
You will never know how much it meant to me to speak with you at my father's funeral and the peace that came over me. I will miss you forever.
Kevin , Sarah , Kevin and Kayla
November 12, 2019
I lived next door to the Sona family growing up- we were 4 kids and they were two so we spent a lot of time together. Harold loved his dobermans - and his boat. The first and only time I went water skiing was on his boat. Seeing Harold was a daily occurrence. He was a force of stability in my young life. He was a little hard of hearing so he tended to speak loudly. My most memorable memory was when we slept over, and Barbara was making pancakes for breakfast on a big grill in the kitchen. Just then Harold came in the kitchen yelling about something but he wasn't really yelling, he just sounded like he was, and then Barbara yelled at him to stop yelling because he was going to scare the kids. I wanted to tell her I wasn't scared, but I was too shy. Harold, it was a pleasure knowing you and growing up with you as my neighbor.
November 11, 2019
Harold married my sister Barbara when I was just 8 years old. Harold had a very positive influence for shaping my life while I was growing up. I have always thought of him as a genuine stand-up guy. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed a good joke and/or prank. My favorite memories are learning how to waterski behind his boat when I was a young teenager. I often accuse him of trying to kill me during those "lessons." Another clear memory is the time Harold, along with another brother-in-law, Anthony Caponigro, took me out on a dock at Toms River, NJ and held me up by my ankles in order to dunk my head in the water. It served as a good lesson for being brought home drunk by the local police at the age of 17. Love you Harold and I will miss you.
November 11, 2019
Harold Sona was a man to admire. As a child I remember his firm loving way. His spirit of adventure was something to which I aspire. He was a role model for all who encountered him. But most of all I loved his wisdom. He could express to you what is important or right in very few words, and in such a way that you heard it and held it in you heart and mind. I remembered his playful way with Barbara, he loved her madly! He once told me that they didn't celebrate their Anniversary, because everyday with Barbara was his Anniversary. That made me want to find a man that loved me that much! Truly the world has lost a wonderful human being. I know I will miss you Harold. Rest easy!
Maria & Rick Sona Jr.
November 10, 2019
Last time you were at our house you were fishing off our dock w Ricky & Sarah. Claytin & I watched you smile enjoying the fishing & the day . Little did we know it WOULD be our last time together. You said you were going to Patty's & would see us when he came back as he often would stop before going to Alaska. Last time Patty was out here you & her had chicken soup for dinner with us & you said it was delicious. Gonna miss your visits😥😥😥 RIP UNCLE HAROLD NOW YOUR WITH AUNT BARBARA ♥️♥️
November 9, 2019
Harold Sona (My Grampa ) has provided me too many wonderful memories to count, and just as many life lessons.
Learning to swim before I could even walk.
Learning to love boating, fishing, the outdoors.
How to be on time (I was late, he left on time and went fishing without me.)
How to fix just about anything.
How to stay happily married, Gram and Grampa both helped there!
Love you Grampa, thank you for all you have taught me, and all of the time I was able to spend with you.