Harry Michael Yamka
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(Asbury Park Press)

AGE: 63
Harry Michael Yamka, 63, passed away on Monday, July 12, 2010 at home in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. He was born in Manhattan, NY and resided in Oceanport and Eatontown NJ before moving to Hattiesburg, MS eight years ago. He proudly served his country in the United States Coast Guard during the Vietnam War. Harry was employed as a Port Authority Police Officer for over 30 years and Fire Marshall at Newark International Airport retiring in 2001. He was also a 9/11 First Responder. He was a member of the VFW in Hattiesburg, MS, Fraternal Order of Police, Police Benevolent Association, The Honor Legion, Port Authority Retired Police Association. Harry was also a scout master for Troop 58 and a volunteer fireman in Oceanport, NJ.
He is predeceased by his parents Harry and Mary (Hart) Yamka. Surviving is his wife Rita L. (Niro) Yamka, sons Ryan Yamka of Topeka, KS and Kevin Yamka of Lake Tahoe, NV, sisters Kathy Scotton of Concord, NC, Joann Flannery of Port Jefferson, LI, and Micheli Yamka of Astoria, NY, three grandchildren and his beloved pet Precious "Lumpy".
Visitation will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2010 from 9-11:30 am at John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank, NJ. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 am at the funeral home. Interment to follow at Forest Green Park Cemetery in Morganville, NJ. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to: Port Authority Police Benevolent Association, Widows and Orphan Fund, 611 Palisade Avenue, Englewood Cliff, NJ 07632. Please visit Harry Michael Yamka's memorial website available at www.johnedayfuneralhome.com.

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Published in Asbury Park Press on Jul. 16, 2010.
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July 10, 2020
Just with two Campbell shipmates Wednesday 7/8/2020 looking fat old VN pictures. Harry was there and once again, stories led to chuckles and laughter. All these years later his memory provides a bright spot. He is remembered fondly.
Henry Newbold
June 7, 2011
My friend, Harry, aboard the USCG Campbell
Harry was my boss and friend on the USCG Campbell. My last day of service Harry took me out on the town in NYC. I just found out he passed . Very sad
Austin Brunicardi
April 26, 2011
I miss you
July 20, 2010
Very sorry and stunned to hear of Harry's passing. He and I worked together for at least 15 years at Newark Airport as P.A. cops. I knew that I could always count on in any emergency. A great guy that I had hoped to run across some where in our retirement years. R.I.P. Don Kramer
Donald Kramer
July 20, 2010
So sorry to hear about Harry. We weren't in the same division,and I didn't work with Harry, but you knew when he was there because of a hearty laugh. Our sympathy and prayers.
Charles Jantz
July 19, 2010
He was my best friend, provider, role model and father. I will miss him dearly. There will always be a hole in heart from his passing. I cherish the times I had with him and I am glad he was able to meet to his three grand children. Dad thanks for everything I will always miss you! Love Always...Ryan Yamka
Ryan Yamka
July 19, 2010
Dear Yamka Family,
Just want to send my deepest sympathy to your family. I know your husband was such a special man I have only heard wonderful thing about him from Micheli. Love and prayers to your family.

Margaret & Daniel Calo
July 16, 2010
Dear Mrs. Yamka and Family,
Please accept our deepest sympathy. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Mary and Clarence Billick
July 16, 2010
Words cannot express my sorrow for the loss of this wonderful man. He and I talked a lot and he was always there. He made me laugh. He gave me strength, but most of all, he was a friend that will be missed.

To the family. Keep stay strong and remember, I'm here whatever you need
Kevin Redding
July 16, 2010
Iam very sorry to hear of Harry's passing.I served with him for almost 3 years on board the Campbell.A good man and a good friend. He will always be in my prayers
Tom Bernatzky (SKI)
July 16, 2010
I was very sorry to hear of Harry's passing. I worked with him at the Port Authority; he was always one of the really good guys. He always had a ready smile and a gentle way about him. My deepest condolences to his family and friends.
Joanne Eckert
July 16, 2010
Dear Mrs Yamka and Family,
Harry was the first person I met when reporting onboard the Campbell in 1966. Being new to the New York area he took me under his wing and explained the way things were done in the city.

We became great friends and drifted apart upon our return from Vietnam. I was transferred to another unit so we lost touch of each other.

He was a great sailor. Always there for his shipmates and I loved the stories he told about New York.

I shall always remember his humor and his love his shipmates.

God bless you and your family.


Dannie Barrett

141 Bluefish Blvd
Portsmouth,NH 03801
Dannie Barrett
July 16, 2010
I was sad to hear the news of Harry passing.I also spent 3 years with him on the Campbell. We partied together many times in NY & overseas. Sorry for your loss.
Alan (Hoppy) Hopkins
July 16, 2010
I served on the Campbell with Harry, Best of shipmates, always a pleasure to be with. The world lost a great friend and a good person.
John Kilgore
July 16, 2010
Dear Mrs Yamka & Family,
I served with Harry for 2 1/2 years on the Campbell. He was a good and solid friend, and a true "spark plug" amid the crew. His sense of humor and his timing of it was the brightness in every day and we had many fun times together.

Please accept our sincerest sympathy at his passing. A person's loss is always just that,a loss, but within that life lived there must be many fond memories of happiness, wonderful good humor, challenges overcome. Cherish them and burnish their memory and on the very gray days of mourning they will bring a quiet smile as you remember them.

My wife and I will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

(If you will forward me you address, I'll try to put some of our old pictures together.

Henry Newbold
Box 423
Allamuchy, NJ 07820
Henry Newbold
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