Harry Larsen, 71, passed away on Tuesday, July 6, 2010, at home with his wife, Ydun and family by his side. He fought a brave fight against cancer.
Harry was born in Copenhagen, Denmark on June 14, 1939. At the age of 18 Harry served for two years in the Danish Royal Navy.
He immigrated to the United States with his wife and three young daughters in 1969.
Harry loved the outdoors, hiking and hunting in the Millbrook Valley, mountain biking and skiing with his grandchildren, daughter and son-in-law in recent years.
Harry enjoyed many small family trips to Old Forge and a grand trip to Denmark with his grandchildren, son-in-law, wife and daughters in August 2009.
He loved soccer and enjoyed watching the World Cup on television. Harry was also a self-taught musician and enjoyed playing his accordion by ear since childhood.
Harry had a great work ethic. He worked to the age of 69, when illness prevented him from working any longer. He had many jobs throughout his life. He worked as a mason on Long Island, then worked for Allied Sanitation as a truck driver.
He became the caretaker for the Tuscarora Club along with his wife, from 1977 to 1999. While at the Tuscarora Club he volunteered for the Arena Fire Department and enjoyed working with the fire chief, Gene Wickham.
He returned to tractor-trailer driving from 2000 to 2008.
Harry was predeceased by his mother, Gerda Pedersen; his father, Harry Larsen Sr. and his younger brother, Kurt Pedersen.
He is survived by his wife, Ydun, of 50 years; daughters, Susan Jenkins and son-in-law, Harley Jenkins; Linda Edlinger and son-in-law, Franz Edlinger; Anita Marsiglio and son-in-law, Peter Marsiglio; seven grandchildren, Joshua Edlinger, Angela Edlinger, Diana Edlinger, Emily Jenkins, Daniel Jenkins, Max Marsiglio and Anders Marsiglio.
Also surviving are two brothers in Denmark, John and Sven; sisters-in-law, Gerda Polenza and brother-in-law, Robert Polenza,; Alice Warming and Carsten Warming and several nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Harry’s life will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 18, 2010 at his Millbrook home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Catskill Area Hospice, 116 Main St., Delhi, NY 13753 or St. Jude Children’s Hospital, PO Box 50, Memphis, TN 38101-0050.
Arrangements are by Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville