Harold E. West, 87, of Highmount, died Saturday, Jan. 28, 2012 at the Stratton Memorial Veterans Medical Center in Albany after a lengthy illness.
A native and lifelong Catskill Mountain resident, he was born February 9, 1924 in Hobart, the son of the late Charles and Bertha Kelly West.
He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corp. and a member of the Margaretville American Legion Post and Veterans’ of Foreign Wars.
Harold was an avid outdoorsman who was involved in such activities as hunting, producing maple syrup and maple sugar, and tending to both flower and vegetable gardens. He enjoyed playing horseshoes, the traditions of family gatherings and the humor they evoked, meant the world to him. He had the opportunity to travel, and two of the more memorable locations were to Alaska and to Churchill, Canada to see the polar bears.
He was described by his family as having been full of Catskill Mountain common sense, and a strong supporter of the community and his family. He retired after 38 years as a sawyer for Fairbairn Lumber Company of Margaretville.
Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Mabel Currey West; three daughters, Marilyn and her husband Frank Morock of Raleigh, North Carolina, Laurilyn and her husband, Charles Frasier of Phoenicia and Jackilyn and her husband, Jeffery Conti of Tampa Florida; three sons, Charles and his wife, Helen of Maryland, New York, Mark of Fleischmanns and John and his wife, Nancy of Claryville and a son-in-law, Rick Ray.
Also surviving are 17 grandchildren, Michelle, Nicole, Greg, Jeff, Claudine, Scott, Ginger, Glenn, Dorothy, Amy, Nathan, Jennifer, Benson, Julia, Josie, Mark and Jake; 13 great-grandchildren, Austin, Anthony, Kyla, Faith, Ava, Emma, Ella, Tierney, Hunter, Evan, Kayla, Alyssa ad Natalie.
He was predeceased by his daughters, Cynthia Louise as an infant and Cherilyn Ray in 1998, and a sister, Elsie Bartley.
A service to celebrate the life of Harold West will be held on Friday, Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. at the E.B. Gormley Funeral Home, 87 Main Street, Phoenicia with the Rev. Ralph Darmstadt and Rev. Adrian Todd as celebrants. Burial will be in the Clovesvill Cemetery with military honors.
Friends will be received on Thursday from 2-4 p.m. and from 7-9 p.m. at the E.B. Gormley Funeral Home.
The family suggests memorial contributions may be made to Hospice, the Margaretville American Legion or VFW, or the Fisher House Founation in Albany at www.fisherhouse.org.
You may share a condolence with the family at Mr. West’s memorial page at gormleyfuneralhome.com.