Harry J. Witkop Jr., 81 of Allen Street, Massena, died Friday evening February 1, 2013 at his home after a long battle with cancer.
Harry was born on July 7, 1931 in Potsdam, the son of the late Harry J. Sr. and Bernice (Lehan) Witkop. After graduating from Massena High School, Harry served proudly in the U.S Army.
On October 6, 1956 he married Jeannette Marion in Cornwall, Ont.
He was employed by General Motors as a Layout Inspector until he retired in 1987.
Harry served as an usher at Sacred Heart Church. He enjoyed coaching and supported Massena hockey and football, as well as the Catholic schools in Massena where he and his children and grandchildren attended. Harry also enjoyed working in his garden where he grew beautiful vegetables.
Surviving Harry is his wife, Jeannette; five sons, John and Mariann of Massena, Danny and wife Sandra of Massena, Patrick and wife Suellen of Forth Worth Texas, William and wife Sue Ellen of Victor, and Robert and wife Lisa of Wheatfield; four daughters, Cynthia and husband Peter Matthews of Massena, Jeannette and her husband Nicholas Zaferakis of South Boston Mass., and Nora and husband Ricky Vice and Catherine and husband Robert Todd, both of Massena; 23 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Jerry and Margaret Witkop of Albany; and several nieces and nephews. Harry was predeceased by his sister, Cynthia; her brother in-law, Anthony Stocker; two grandsons, Aaron Witkop and John Matthews; and a niece Patricia Stocker.
Friends and family are welcome to call at the Phillips Memorial Home, Massena, from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Tuesday February 5, 2013. A Mass of Resurrection will be held at noon Wednesday at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Massena, February 6, 2013 with the Rev. Donald J. Manfred presiding.
At the request of the family, those wishing to express acts of kindness may do so to the Trinity Catholic School Endowment Fund, or Hospice and Palliative Care of St. Lawrence Valley.
Online condolences and memories may be left at www.phillipsmemorial.com