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WILLIAM H. HARKINS II 1930 - 2013 Age 82, passed away peacefully in his home in Temecula on August 25, 2013 after a short battle with a respiratory illness. Bill was a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and had a very diverse and successful career in business. His early career years were in New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts, working for technology firms such as IBM and Honeywell. He was a successful hotel investor, owner and operator. Following the sale of his hotel business, he took his family on a 3 month tour of Europe in the spring and summer of 1968. This was a memorable experience for the entire family that has lasted a lifetime. He transplanted his family to San Diego, CA in 1969, working for Honeywell and later, General Atomics. He built custom homes for his family in Del Mar and later in Fallbrook. He had overseas assignments in Tokyo, Japan, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and Vancouver, Canada, working for manufacturing firms at increasing levels of responsibility. Bill was a life-long sports car and auto racing enthusiast. His award winning antique car restoration projects included several MGs and a Jaguar from the 1930s and 1940s, all restored to show condition starting in several cases from a basket of rusted parts. His restoration projects represented true "labors of love" that demonstrated his meticulous attention to detail, craftsmanship and persistence. His hard work was recognized over and over as the trophy case began to fill up with awards from many car shows and expositions. A talented photographer Bill covered the East Coast motor sports events for Motor Trend, Hot Rod and Road and Track. He continued the hobby taking photos on various trips and family gatherings. Bill was also a technology enthusiast and an early and avid customer in the personal computer boom of the late 1970s and early 1980s. He embraced the internet with passion and enthusiasm usually reserved for people born 50 years after him. He used email and the internet to build and maintain friendships all over the country and to reconnect with his high school class of 1948 for multiple reunions and gatherings. He was a regular presenter at his computer club, helping friends learn new technologies to stay informed and connected in the digital age. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joan; their two sons Roy and Todd; and five grandchildren Scott, Brent, Grant, Ty, and Blair. He was a loving husband, father and friend. He will be sorely missed by all of us. A remembrance celebration of his life will be held on September 7, from 2 pm to 4 pm at the Vintage Hills clubhouse in Temecula. In lieu of flowers, donations to your local public library would be a great way to remember Bill.


Published in Press-Enterprise from Sept. 4 to Sept. 5, 2013
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