Harry R.  Fish Jr.


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Newbury, MA - Harry R. Fish Jr., age 82, longtime resident of Newbury, passed peacefully in the loving presence of his family in the tranquil surroundings of the High Pointe House in Haverhill on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. He was the devoted husband of 60 years to Patricia E. (Packer) Fish.
One of six children of the late Harry R. and Hazel E. (Gormarsh) Fish, he was born in Newburyport on June 18, 1936, and was a graduate of Newburyport High School, class of 1954. Enlisting in the United States Air Force during his senior year of high school, Harry proudly served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars from March, 1954, until his honorable discharge in May, 1962, with the rank of Airman First Class.

After returning home from his military service, Harry became a highly regarded navigation systems technician, receiving many awards while working at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard. He retired in 1991 after 35 years of combined military and government service. Unable to remain idle, Harry spent his retirement years working for Tendercrop Farm, American Marine, and then Riverfront Marina, finally retiring at 81.

Harry was a hardworking man, who cared deeply about his family, always doing his best for them throughout his life. It was the love of family that was his life's inspiration. Some of his favorite activities were spending time with his family, boating on the Parker River and avidly reading history books.

He leaves a legacy of wonderful memories to be cherished by his wife, Patricia "Pat" of Newbury; his daughter, Cynthia "Cindy" Hickey and her partner, James Brown; his son, Harry R. Fish III and wife Melanie; his grandchildren, Jonathan Hickey and wife Christina, Meghan Hickey, Jessica Fish and Michael Fish; his siblings, Mary Stewart and husband Malcolm and Frederick Fish and wife Vicky, along with numerous nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends. Harry was predeceased by his siblings Beatrice Fowler, Hazel Packer, and Robert Fish.

A memorial service celebrating Harry's life will be held Saturday, June 15, 2019, at 11 a.m. at the Chapel at Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High Street, Newburyport. Burial will be private for the family. Arrangements are by Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green Street, Newburyport. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Friends of Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Inc.
Published on June 5, 2019
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Jul 11, 2019
Very sorry to see this. I was good friends with Harry in High School. I have been trying to get in touch with him for the last few years.
Jun 07, 2019
He and Pat were always great to see. Sorry for everyone's lost