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Michael Joseph Harney Obituary
HAMPTON - Joe Harney, 79, peacefully went to be with the Lord on July 20th, 2017. After reading the obituaries for so many years, he finally made it!! He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Catherine Harney; their children, Michael Harney, Jr. (Paul), Maureen Schiavone (John), Marcia Humphry (Chris), Matthew Harney (Bobbie Jo), Mark Harney (Alison) and Marty Harney and his beloved grandchildren, Matthew, Jr., Makaila, Ryan, Drew, Kathryn, Sarah, Kristen, Erin, Evan and Owen. He is also survived by his sisters, Mary "Babe", Ann, Peggy and Mary as well as numerous nieces, nephews and loved ones. He is preceded in death by his parents, James and Eileen Harney; his Uncle Patrick and Aunt Elizabeth Toolin who helped raise him and his brothers, James Toolin, John Toolin and James "Vincent" Harney. Joe was born in Boston, MA, but lived on the peninsula for the past 55 years. He was active in the community and could often be found supporting local sports teams, especially the Peninsula Pilots. He was a longtime member, and the President of, the Peninsula Track Club. One of his greatest achievements was running the Boston Marathon on the 100th anniversary in April, 1996. He volunteered countless hours with the organization, PORT, selflessly supported hundreds of people at St. Vincent's Backdoor Ministry and was an advocate for Nocturnal Adoration. He was always true to his roots with his Irish humor, his thick Boston accent and his love for all the Boston sports teams. Joe said, "It's nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice." He was one-of-a-kind who was nice to everyone he met and important to so many. He had an infectious laugh and a joke for every occasion. His kindness, generosity and sense of humor has reached so far and will be missed by so many. Every person that had the privilege of meeting Joe walked away a better person. A Viewing will take place from 5-7:30pm, Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at Weymouth Funeral Home. A Funeral Mass will be held at 6:00pm, Wednesday, July 26, 2017 at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to St. Vincent de Paul's Church Back Door Ministry, P.O. Box 258, Newport News, VA 23607. Arrangements are by Weymouth Funeral Home. Joe Harney loved the Lord Jesus, he loved people and he loved his family. He was known to say, and always lived by, one of his favorite sayings, "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, enjoy today."
Published in Daily Press on July 23, 2017
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