Harold Orville Berry

July 4, 1933September 28, 2013
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Harold “Hal” Orville Berry, age 80, was born July 4, 1933, in Detroit, MI, to Carl J. and Lucille (Speake) Berry. He passed away in the privacy of his home on September 28, 2013 in White Lake, MI. He was preceded in death by his first wife of 7 years, Lucille V. Berry, and sister, Mildred, who died in infancy. Beloved Husband of over 50 years to Sharon A. (Smolinski) Berry. Loving Father of Martin M. (Faye A. Johnson) Berry (White Lake, MI); dear grandfather of Joseph (Brooke) Plovie (White Lake, MI), Julie (Jose) Martinez (Andover, Kansas); great-grandfather of 5. Also survived by beloved sisters Shirley Lamb (Shelby, MI) and Dorothy L. Sieloff (Clarkston, MI).

Hal served in the U.S. Navy during the Korean War where he studied electrical aeronautics. He was employed in the automotive industry in Michigan for forty years starting with Essex Wire and retiring from AFL, Alcoa Fujikuri as General Manager of Components. He was well respected in the industry.

He retired in 1995 to the Citrus Hills Community in Inverness, Florida from White Lake, Michigan. He resided in Florida in the winter and White Lake in the summer. Hal was an avid golfer and member of Citrus Hills Golf and Country Club. He was a hobbyist specializing in model ship building and is considered a Master Model Ship Builder. He enjoyed sharing his talents with others. He wrote an autobiography of his early life, "A Fork in the Road." He is remembered for his keen memory and sense of humor, patience, but mostly for his gentle kindness.

Visitation will be held Monday, September 30, 2013 from 2:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Union Lake Chapel of the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home, 1233 Union Lake Rd., White Lake. Funeral Mass will be held Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. (In State 10:00 a.m.) at St. Patrick Parish, 9086 Hutchins, White Lake. Burial at White Chapel Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made to the Wounded Warriors.



  • Visitation Monday, September 30, 2013
  • In State Tuesday, October 1, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Tuesday, October 1, 2013


  • Burial

Harold Orville Berry

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Janet Grzegorzewski

December 10, 2013

As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.

Ron Molitor

October 10, 2013

Sharon, My sincere condolences to you and your family on Hal's passing. He was a great guy and I truly enjoyed working with him. We accomplished a lot and had some great times together! I am truly honored and proud that Hal wanted to speak with me one more time before his passing. There are not enough " Hal Berrys " in this world. He was one of the great ones and will be missed.

October 8, 2013

Sharon, we are so sorry to hear of Hal's passing. He was a great guy to know. Always the gentleman and both of you nice to be around. We will always remember his kind heart and wit. Please know it was a great pleasure knowing your Hal.
Bill and Connie Nebraska, Hernando, FL

Gordon Converse

October 2, 2013

Dear Sharon:

I considered it a Badge of Honor to be counted as a friend of Hal's. I was, and forever will be, amazed by the man's talent and patience. He made a positive and long lasting impression on everyone who knew him. We will all miss him as I know you will too. What a great talent!

Gordon & Joan Converse

October 1, 2013

Dear Sharon,
We are so sad to hear of Hal passing. He was a wonderful man , always had a smile on his face. He was so creative and enjoyed his favorite hobby, building shps.We have wonderful memories of both of you in Florida.
Ron and Lil Lada
Mountain Top, Pa.

Trish Nicholas

October 1, 2013

God teaches us to "Love Thy Neighbor", though with Hal & Sharon there is and was no "staying after class" to learn to apply this rule. Wonderful neighbors and friends. One thing I always felt when we were with them was how tightly their lives were entwined; you could feel the love between them, be it helping the other on one of their hobby projects, working in the yard or just enjoying a sports game on TV. They were an awesome couple. Sharon, we hurt with you on the loss of Hal. We know he's out of pain and his quality of life much improved in joining our heavenly Father's kingdom, but the hurt is still there. We are here when you need us, sending hugs & prayers daily.

Tim & Sally Quinn

October 1, 2013

Dear Sharon,
You two had a wonderful life together, sharing your creative talents and working together on projects in your little workshop. We hope your memories will sustain and reassure you and that you will soon have comfort, peace and solace. We feel fortunate to have known him - and he won't be forgotten. We have so many things at home here that bring him to memory .
LOVE, Tim & Sally

Jackie LeBlanc

October 1, 2013

Aunt Sharon, Marty, Faye and Family, our thoughts and prayers are with you. Just know that Uncle Hal is now at peace.
Uncle Hal, you left all of us with many wonderful memories. You will be deeply missed and will remain in our hearts forever.

Julie LaPorte

October 1, 2013

Aunt Sharon,
Now that Uncle Hal's journey to Heaven has begun, his pain and worries are over forever. He will be your guardian angel keeping a watch over you. He will be missed greatly by all the people he has touched throughout his lifetime. I have great memories of him to keep.
With heartfelt sympathy and all my love your niece,

September 30, 2013

Please accept my sincerest condolences. May God give you and your family comfort and peace during this difficult time.
Ms Porter