Harold D. Macking
St. Petersburg, FL - Harold David Macking, 81,was reunited with his wife Margaret Lawrenz on November 13, 2012 after 56 years of marriage. Harold operated auto repair shops in Salisbury, CT and St. Petersburg, FL.
Born on December 12, 1930 in White Plains, NY he was the son of the late David Edward and Blanche (Michaels) Macking. Harold attended Bell School and graduated Dover High School in 1948. He also attended Lees McRae College in Banner Elk, NC & taught at Mayland Technical in Spruce Pine, NC. Harold then served in the Air Force from 1948 to 1952 stationed in Wyoming, California, Florida & Greenland as a mechanic.
Harold was a member of the American Legion Post # 454 in Dover Plains, NY, Post # 391 in Mine Hill, NJ, and Post # 125 in Gulfport, FL. Within the American Legions he served as commander, adjutant, secretary, honor guard, and secretary of the Pinellas County Veteran's Liason Council. He was also a Volunteer Sheriff of Morris County NJ, NRA hunter safety instructor, founding member of NYCONN Riders, and a expert class motorcycle racer at Metropolitan Sporting Authority. Harold earned his pilots license, served on the Pisgah, NC Girl Scout Council, and was a published photographer & writer in The Poughkeepsie Journal, Proud Hailer, Yancey-Mitchell-Avery Journals, Boone Democrat, Charlotte Observer, Northeast Neighborhood News, and Hemlocks and Balsams Volume 7.
A lifelong Catholic, Harold was also a member of St. Paul Catholic Church in St. Petersburg, FL, and participated in Seniors Club & Bible Study. Harold achieved his two goals in life, he was a good father, husband, and friend, he served his country & fellow veterans. He will be missed.
He is survived by his brother, Dan Macking of Burnsville, NC; children, Kathy Schenato and her husband, John, Eric Macking, Patti Stewart and her husband, Dale, Paula Ayers, Timothy Macking and his wife, Erin, and Debra Macking; grandchildren, Jamie Montgomery, David, Sophia, Samuel, Marlayna, Mary Grace Macking, Kristin and Karin Bunch, Heather Lawton, Jeremiah Ayers and Angela Markland, Brenda, Marenda, Brendan and Noah; great-grandchildren, Aiden, Jasmine Gilford, Everett & Griffin Ayers, and Kaylee Markland, and many neices & nephews. In addition to his wife and parents, Harold was predeceased by a daughter, Robin Macking Bunch, and two brothers, Allan and Paul.
Graveside services and burial will take place at St. Charles Cemetery in Dover Plains, NY at the convenience of the family. To send the family an online condolence, please visit www.hufcutfuneralhome.com
Published in the Poughkeepsie Journal on Nov. 25, 2012