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AGE: 90 • Wilmington
4/9/24 - 7/11/14
Brian Harkin journeyed up to Heaven so he could once again hold the hand of his dear, recently departed wife.
He was born in County Donegal, Ireland, "on the good side of Muckish", as he liked to say. The youngest of 15, he left ole' Ireland at a young age in search of employment. After a few years working in Scotland, he moved to England where he found employment at Vauxhall Motors. He also found the love of his life, Anne Gallagher. They were married in London in June 1956.
In 1962, they immigrated to the US, "where the streets are lined with gold". Brian worked for General Motors for 32 years, retiring in 1989.
Never one to sit still, he had part time jobs with Sears, Doherty Funeral Homes and several other employers, both during his career with GM and well into retirement. He was a founding father and president of the Irish Culture Club of Delaware, a 4th degree Knight of Columbus and long time usher at St. John the Beloved, where he was a parishioner for 50 years.
He was a dedicated fan of the Eagles, Phillies and the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
He loved to organize dances and "get togethers", where song and laughter were in abundance. Once or twice, he and his friends cured all the world's problems over a pint of Guinness and a "wee one".
Family was the utmost in his life; he was happiest with his family and most especially, his grandchildren. His "spare no rod" theory certainly changed with his grandchildren!
He was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Anne Harkin; his parents, James and Annie Harkin; and all 14 of his brothers and sisters.
Brian is survived by his children, James Harkin, Anna Sporay (Bill), Brian Harkin (Patty) and Mary Van Veen; as well as 9 grandchildren, James Harkin, Jason Harkin, Lyndsay Harkin, Christine Sporay (fiancé, John), Kelsi Van Veen, Stephen Van Veen, Thomas Harkin, Bridgid Harkin and Breanna Harkin. He is also survived by his Peggy Harkin, Grace Hill (Christie) and Madge Doherty, and countless nieces and nephews for whom he represented the last of a generation. He had a special bond with his nephew, Bryan Carson and wife, Kathy.
Family and friends are invited to visit at the Doherty Funeral Home, 3200 Limestone Road, Pike Creek on Wednesday, July 16 from 5:00-7:00PM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. John the Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Road, Wilmington on Thursday, July 17 at 11:00AM. Entombment will follow in All Saints Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Lymphoma Research Foundation https://community.lymphoma.org/donatenow,
http://www.lung.org/donate/ or a
in Brian's memory.
To offer condolences, visit
Doherty Funeral Homes - Pike Creek
3200 Limestone Road Wilmington, DE 19808
Published in The News Journal from July 13 to July 15, 2014