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Frank Harkay

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Frank Harkay


Frank Harkay passed into God's Loving Hands at his home in Freehold, NJ, on September 19, 2017. He was born in Fords, NJ, on July 17, 1923, and resided there until moving to Manalapan, NJ, in 1962 and then to Freehold in 1988.

Mr. Harkay graduated from Woodbridge High School in 1941 and attended Rutgers University, receiving a Certificate in Mechanical Engineering. He proudly served his country during World War II in the US Army Air Force from 1943-1946 as a member of the 485th Bombardment Group in Foggia, Italy. Prior to his overseas service, he attended Curtis Wright Technical Institute and Consolidated Aircraft Institute, both in Glendale, CA, receiving Certification in Aeronautical Engineering.

Frank was employed by Tenneco Chemical, Inc., in various positions of increasing responsibility for 41 years. His last position, before retiring, was Corporate Safety and Loss Prevention Manager. He was a member of American Society of Safety Engineers, American Industrial Hygiene Association and National Safety Council.

Frank was an avid gardener and loved working the land to create beauty. He partnered with his longtime friend, the late Robert Clees, in the operation of Harclees Fruit, Vegetable, and Livestock Farm in Manalapan, pioneering the introduction of organic health foods to the area. He was also a member of the Jersey Shore Rose Society.

In 1956, Frank worked as a volunteer interpreter at Camp Kilmer, assisting Catholic Relief Services with the placement of refugees fleeing Hungary as a result of Russian invasion and suppression of the Hungarian Freedom Fighters. He helped place refugees with sponsors around the country and even helped arrange local housing and employment.

Frank was predeceased by his parents, Joseph and Mary Harkay; his brothers: John, Joseph L., Stephan, and James; and two sisters-in-law, Edna Harkay and Elizabeth Quattrochio, all of Fords, NJ. He is survived by a sister-in-law, Helen Harkay, of Vermont along with numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. He was extremely close to his nephew, Joseph J. Harkay, Sr. of Monroe, NJ, who provided loving care and abundant attention.

While residing in Fords, Mr. Harkay was a communicant of Our Lady of Peace RC Church. While residing in Manalapan, he attended St. Joseph's RC Church and joined Our Lady of Mercy RC Church in Englishtown (now part of St. Thomas More RC Community) upon moving to Freehold.

Funeral services will be on Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 9:30 am at the Flynn and Son Funeral Home, 23 Ford Avenue, Fords, NJ, followed by a Funeral Liturgy at 10 am at Our Lady of Peace RC Church. Visitation will be on Friday, September 22, 2017, from 2-4 and 6-8 pm. Interment will be in Our Lady of Hungary Cemetery, Fords, NJ.

Published in Asbury Park Press on Sept. 21, 2017
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