Colonel Harry Unger Jr.
1930 - 2020
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Colonel Harry Unger Jr. passed away suddenly on Nov. 23, 2020, in Ocala, Fla.
He was born on Oct. 9, 1930, in Bronx, N.Y., to Harry Unger Sr. and Helen Liberi.
He was preceded in death by his son, Harry Frederick Unger; his grandson, Frederick Harley Kennedy; and his sister, Vivian Lorraine Suarez.
Survivors include his wife, Cindy Burnette-Unger of Galax and Ocala, Fla.; his son, David Robert John Unger and wife, Vanessa, of Westchester, Pa.; his grandson, Nicholas Gentile and his mother, Lisa, of Pompano Beach, Fla.; one nephew, Richard (Dick) Suarez of Deltona, Fla.; one niece, Sandy Belinsky of Ocala, Fla.; and his loving dog, Peach.
Harry graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School, received his bachelor's degree in political science and history from New York University (NYU) where he served as editor of the Heights Daily, the NYU newspaper and was a member of the distinguished literary Society Quill.
He received his masters in law from Brooklyn Law School.
Amongst Harry's other achievements he was a Juilliard School of Music trained pianist and rose to the rank of Colonel in the United States Army and he later served as Judge Advocate General (JAG) officer in the Bronx detachment in New York.
In his working career, Harry was an attorney with the New York State Liquor Authority for 12 years, then with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles as a senior attorney in the position of Administrative Law Judge with the DMV until his retirement.
Harry devoted many hours of work to render free legal assistance at Fort Monmouth, Fort Dix and to the United States Coast Guard at Governor's Island in New York.
In his retirement years, Harry owned and operated a diner in Ararat, N.C., and was a Vista program volunteer with Western Carolina Center in Morganton, N.C.
Harry was a Mason with the Darcey Lodge #187 in Manhattan, a member of the Lodge of Perfection in White Plains, N.Y., where he was Thrice Potent Master and a member of Old Town Masonic Lodge #68 in Galax, Va.
Harry was a Shriner with the Kismit Temple in Long Island, N.Y., and Oasis Temple in Charlotte, N.C., and a member of Elkin-Jonesville Shrine Club and the Kaziem Temple Hillbillies in Galax, Va.
Harry enjoyed travel, playing piano and living between homes in Galax, Va., and Ocala, Fla.
Harry's funeral was conducted by Roberts Funeral Home Bruce Chapel West, and burial was in Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, Fla.

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Published in Galax Gazette from Jan. 22 to Jan. 23, 2021.
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January 25, 2021
Harry was my "Uncle Harry" from the time I was about five years old. He was a lot of fun then as he was about 14 and lived in NYC. He took an interest in Dick, two, and me as he had no younger siblings. We had many trips to the Bronx Zoo, the Fordham University Botanical Gardens and the hothouses there. Trips to Radio City for movies and shows and of course, a whole lot of good food. That man loved to eat!

I loved listening to him playing the piano and he even wrote some songs and used to sing along. His mom and dad had the first TV in the family
and Dick and I were fascinated by it and watched the NY Yankees games so learned about baseball from Uncle Harry. He played practical jokes on all of us and had a great sense of humor. Fun days, long ago.

We kept in touch all throughout our lives and it was always a pleasure to see him and some of his family whenever we could get together. So many fond memories of years of growing up, working, retiring, and caring for each other. It's hard to accept that he is gone so suddenly as we expected him to outlive us all. Eventually we will meet again and have some comfort that we are all together again.

Sandy Belinsky, Ocala, Florida (His favorite niece, as he used to say)
Sandy Belinsky
January 22, 2021
I first met Harry and his wife, Cindy back in 2009. Harry was a warm person, kind and compassionate to those less fortunate. Easy to talk to with a great sense of humor. Harry was a true gentleman. I was fortunate to be able to spend time with him and Cindy before they left for Florida back in November. My thoughts and prayers are still with Cindy and the family. He will be missed greatly. Addio, amico mio.
Mattie Acosta-Fain
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