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Age 84, of Pittsburgh, on November 3, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents, Max and Mary Geraldine Harwick; and his daughter, Mary Beth Harwick. He is survived by his sons, Barry (Marcia Kelly), Robert (Nanceann); ex-wife, Mary Harwick; and two sisters, Mary Lou Harwick and Patricia Allamon. He was grandfather to Michael, Mary Carolyn, Benjamin (Katie), Mark (fiancée, Alyssa), Christopher, Sarah, and Katie. He is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews. John grew up in Clymer, PA and held Bachelors, Masters, and Doctorate degrees from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a Masters from West Virginia University. He taught English and Journalism at the high school and college level, finishing his career with two years in South Africa. His passion was all phases of running and he spent over 60 years as one of the most prominent individuals affiliated with running in Western Pennsylvania. He was inducted into the Western Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 2003, the Indiana County Sports Hall of Fame in 2004 and was to be inducted into the Pittsburgh Marathon Hall of Fame in 2018. He created track clubs wherever he was living and coached a number of national champions with the Western Pennsylvania Track Club. He was one of the founders of the Greater Pittsburgh Road Runners Club, the Pittsburgh Marathon and the Pittsburgh Great Race as well as many local, regional, and national track and field meets. He touched the lives of hundreds of athletes over the years and had continued contact with many. For over 35 years he directed the Gold Medal Running Camp. He enjoyed traveling internationally, especially with his grandchildren. He was a member of the Mt. Lebanon Evangelical Presbyterian Church where a viewing will be held Monday, November 6 from 1-6 with a funeral service at 6 p.m. A private burial will take place in Valier, PA on Tuesday, November 7. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Mollenauer Memorial Scholarship of Athletic Office, Mt. Lebanon High School or Relay For Life. Arrangements by LAUGHLIN CREMATION AND FUNERAL TRIBUTES, 222 Washington Rd., Mt Lebanon.

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Published in Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from Nov. 4 to Nov. 5, 2017.
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November 9, 2017
I am so sad to read of John's passing. He was a wonderful man, dedicated to his family and to the sport he loved so much. I was blessed to have known John, to have worked with him, to have be at Gold Medal Camp, and to have run with John. His memory and spirit will live on with all he has done for running, the RRCA, Runner's Gazette, and in the people whose lives he has touched. My deepest sympathy to John's family.
Freddi Carlip
November 7, 2017
Farewell Coach Harwick,
Summers at Gold Medal Camp were some of the best of my adult life.

Rob & Helen Pasqual
Rob Pasqual
November 7, 2017
my sincerest condolences to the family, barry, bob, mary, mary carolyn and others who i've missed. john was an influence on xc course, in the newsroom and at that incredible running camp. it's not an understatement to say GMC changed my life...
matt farrand
November 5, 2017
I'm so sorry to hear this. I knew John through Beth. I loved talking with him when he visited Short Line School. He was kind and gentle yet driven. My condolences to Mary and the family.
Janie Beckett
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