AMSTERDAM, N.Y. - Edward F. ""Eddie"" Harkins, 84, of Saratoga Avenue, Amsterdam, passed away Thursday morning, Aug. 30, 2012, at Wilkinson Residential Healthcare Facility in Amsterdam.
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Born in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of the late Rose Marie Barber Harkins. Ed was a graduate of St. Mary's Institute in Amsterdam.
Ed began a lifelong career in the transportation industry with Amsterdam Dispatch, which was owned and operated by his father-in-law, John J. Daly. In addition, Ed was a salesman for Boss-Linco Lines, Red Star and Froland Transportation of Albany.
Ed will be remembered for his devoted commitment to his family and friends. He was always known for his perseverance in sports and life. Ed's spirit and competitiveness can be identified with the thrill of one of his child's games, a Saratoga horse race or the challenge of a slippery putt.
Ed was a parishioner and communicant of St. Mary's Church in Amsterdam. He was a member of the Bigelow Weavers Club, Elks Lodge 101, Irish American Club and the Amsterdam Municipal Golf Course.
His wife, Bertha ""Bertie"" Daly Harkins, to whom he was married June 18, 1949, passed away Jan. 15, 2005.
Eddie was also predeceased by a daughter, Mary Christine, and a grandson, Westmore L. Moller.
He is survived by one son, Edward ""E.J."" Harkins (Kathy) of Saratoga Springs; five daughters, Sharyn Dabiere (Dave) of Fort Edward, Holly Dargush (Tony) of Amsterdam, Robin Moller (Wes) of Hagaman, Kathy Harkins of West Glenville and Heidi Harkins (Gina Castelli) of Ballston Lake; one brother, Joseph Harkins (Mari Gay) of Amsterdam; one sister, Mary Ellen Kolbe of Amsterdam; 13 grandchildren, Christopher and Carla Dabiere, Maura, Maeve, Vincent (Jamie) and Anthony ""Duke"" Dargush (Amanda), Jeffrey (Ashley), Matthew and Jillian Moller and Corey, Daniel and Casey Harkins; two great-grandchildren, Brayden and Cameron Moller; and brothers- and sisters-in-law, John, Winnie and Pat Daly and Jackie Murphy. Many nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Funeral services will be held at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at the Riley Mortuary Inc., 110 Division St., Amsterdam, followed at 9:15 a.m. by a Mass of Christian Burial, which will be celebrated at St. Mary's Church, 156 E. Main St., Amsterdam.
Interment will follow at St. Mary's cemetery in Fort Johnson.
Calling hours will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012, at the Riley Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate memorial gifts in Eddie's name, which may be made to St. Mary's Institute, 10 Kopernik Way, Amsterdam, NY 12010; or to Community Hospice of Amsterdam, 246 Manny Corners Road, Amsterdam, NY 12010.
To send the family online condolences, go to www.rileymortuary.com.
Published in The Saratogian on Aug. 31, 2012