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DORT, HARRY MILBURN December 27, 1922 to November 15, 2012 Harry Dort, a lifelong Point Loma resident, passed away just short of his 90th birthday. He passed on from natural causes in his home, surrounded by his family and listening to his favorite music. Harry spent his early years on the bay, living in one of the first homes on Rosecrans Street. He graduated from Point Loma High School in 1940, where he left his mark as a "hell-raiser" with his lifelong best friend Buzz. He was a record-holding track star, cheerleader, and heart throb. Harry enlisted in the Coast Guard during World War II, stationed in Hawaii and Atlantic City. He returned after the war with his Philadelphia bride, Marian, known to all as "Pat". They lived in their Point Loma home for their remaining lives. Pat passed away four years ago after 63 years of marriage. Harry made his career in the auto industry, a great nephew of J. Dallas Dort, manufacturer of the Dort Mobile. His father Harry Sr. opened the first San Diego auto rental agency in 1918 and established an auto repair business on State Street. Harry worked with his father throughout his career, continuing the repair business until his retirement in 1989. Harry was crazy about deep sea fishing and auto racing. He loved wrestling, old westerns, and Lawrence Welk on television, dancing with Pat, trips to Borrego Springs, listening to his music, and feeding the backyard birds. Harry is survived by a brother, three daughters, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He will be interred at the Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery.

Published in U-T San Diego on Nov. 25, 2012
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