Harold L. "Harry" Gnong, of Weymouth, passed away Jan. 22, 2014 at the age of 93. He was the loving husband of the late Madeline A. (Long) Gnong and the father of David E. Gnong of Punta Gorda, Fla., Karen A. Doherty and her husband Tim of Yorktown, Va., Jan Greeley of Weymouth, and Nancy Germain and her husband Dan of Braintree. He also leaves seven grandchildren: Eric, Shannon, Andrea, Erika, Krista, Meghan, and Danny; and five great-grandchildren: Morgan, Madelyn, Charlotte, Raegan and Charlie. Born in Quincy in 1920 but grew up in N. Abington, Harry graduated from Abington High School with the class of 1938 and began a varied working life with National Shawmut Bank of Boston. Interrupted by the call of World War II, he volunteered into the Air Force, saw combat with 16 heavy bomber missions of European skies before being shot down over Brunswick, Germany and became a Prisoner of War for fifteen months. He was discharged from the Air Force in 1945 as a 1st lieutenant. As a civilian again he worked for the NYNH & H R.R. as a ticket agent in the Back Bay Station in Boston. Retiring after two years he apprenticed as a photo engraver, became a Journeyman, joining The Folsom Engraving Co. for the next 19 years. Developing this expertise with pre-press requirements for the printing business, he became a Sales and Technical Representative for Chemco Photoproducts Co. of Glen Cove, N.Y., covering New England and eastern New York State. Twenty years later Harry retired at 65. He was a founding member of a Boy Scout Troop at St. Jerome Church in N. Weymouth, a member of The Lithographers Union, The Abington Historical Society, The Disabled Veterans and the V.F.W. and proud of his historical devotion to the Boston Red Sox dating back to pre Tom Yawkey days. He was an amateur gardener, an amateur historian and an amateur writer, having written a weekly column for the Weymouth News. Mostly Harry was a proud father and grandfather. All his children and grandchildren made his world a happy place to live his long life. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend the visiting hours on Tuesday 4 - 8 p.m. in the McDonald Keohane Funeral Home, North Weymouth, at 40 Sea Street (off Rte. 3A-Bicknell Sq.) Relatives and friends will gather in the funeral home at Wednesday at 9:45 a.m. prior to the funeral Mass in St. Jerome Church, Weymouth at 10:30 a.m. Burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Weymouth. See www.Keohane.com for directions and online condolences or call 781-335-0045.
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McDonald Keohane Funeral Home Inc
809 Main Street South Weymouth, MA 02191
Published in The Enterprise on Jan. 27, 2014