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Dodd, Harry

Binghamton, NY and Plattsburgh, NY: Harry Dennis Dodd was suddenly called home on Wednesday March 12, 2014. His loving family was with him when he passed.

Harry was born and raised in Binghamton, NY and most recently lived with his son, daughter-in-law and grandson in Plattsburgh, NY. He worked for Coca-Cola for 35 years in Binghamton, Oneonta and Albany.

He married Carol Reifler on September 2, 1961 and the two spent more than 25 years together until she passed in 1988.

Harry took great pride in his immediate and extended family. He loved watching his grandchildren grow up and was very proud of all their accomplishments. He was able to witness all of their high school graduations and celebrated many other special occasions with them. Known as Uncle Harry to his extended family, he was the conduit for family news. He worked very hard to keep his family connected and would often carry newspaper clippings, report cards and other news items from one family member to another on his frequent drives between Plattsburgh, Binghamton, Oneonta and Greene. He made it a point to attend the special occasions of his nieces and nephews all over the country.

Harry was a big college basketball fan and was known to stay up late into the night watching games from all parts of the country. Depending on the night his beloved Syracuse Orangemen were either the worst team he ever saw, or the best. March Madness was among his favorite times of year. In Binghamton and Oneonta he was known as a star bowler and fast-pitch softball pitcher, throwing a perfect game in in 1979. Even after he stopped playing sports himself he enjoyed watching baseball, football and basketball - particular the games in which his grandchildren were playing. After retiring, Harry developed a love of cooking and baking. Friends and family came to expect a steady diet of delicious cookies, brownies and pies. He also had a particularly green thumb and made sure his homes were adorned with beautiful plants and flowers every Spring. His family was the beneficiary of his talents; he often had dinner waiting when we got home from work or school, always with something sweet to go with it. Even his "experiments" were delicious

His spiritual life was very important to him and was a member/treasurer at Conklin Avenue First Baptist Church in Binghamton and the First Baptist Church on Oak Street Plattsburgh. He was extremely generous with his time, volunteering for Meals on Wheels and many church activities. Harry would always lend a hand when there was work to be done and loved working on projects large and small. Harry was a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, Johnson City Lodge, for more than 50 years.

Harry is survived by his son, Timothy Michael and wife Cheryl Marie of Plattsburgh; grandchildren, Trisha Marie Lewis, Michael Thomas Lewis and Nicholas Dennis Dodd of Plattsburgh; a sister, Dorlene Moore and husband Ralph of Maryland, NY; sister, Carole Thiesies and Husband Gunter of Arvada, CO; brother, George of Binghamton, NY; brothers-in-law, Doug (Barbara) and William Reifler of Binghamton, NY, Don (Yolanda) Whipple of San Antonio, TX; dear friend, Carol Zurenda of Binghamton, NY; and many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his long-time companion Katie Sands of Greene, NY.

Harry is predeceased by his wife of 27 years, Carol (Reifler); his parents, Harold John Dodd and Claudine Anna Dodd; two sisters, Shirley (Whipple) and Marilyn and his long-time friend Peter Zurenda.

Funeral Services will be held on 11:00 a.m., Monday, March 17 at Conklin Avenue First Baptist Church with the Reverend Steven Chastain officiating. Interment will follow services in Vestal Hills Memorial Park. Family will receive friends from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the DeMunn Funeral Home, 36 Conklin Avenue in Binghamton on Sunday March 16. In lieu of flowers, donations will be gratefully accepted to the Carol Marie Dodd Scholarship Fund at Unatego Central School, Unatego Central School, 2641 New York 7, PO Box 483, Otego NY 13825, attention Judy Pitel. To forward condolences please visit www.demunnfh.com.

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Published in Press & Sun-Bulletin on Mar. 14, 2014.
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March 18, 2014
So sorry to hear of your loss
Diane and Tom Harder
March 16, 2014
We will always remember Harry for his kind smile,his stories and his offer of a helping hand. Rest in peace my friend.
Bob & Maureen Whipple
March 14, 2014
sorry to hear,good bye to a very old friend and co-worker at Binghamton Coca-Cola,he was always willing to help at work or weekend projects ,he was fun to be with
Jay and Pat Witter
March 14, 2014
I remember Harry from the First Ward of Binghamton when I was growing up. He was a friend of my brother, Tom Mosher. I knew his sisters from Oak Street Methodist Church. He was a nice person and a great guy.
Sabina Mosher Lindsley
March 14, 2014
Harry at the Coke Coffee Break Oct.14,2013
To the Dodd family
All of us from the Coke Coffee Break at the Spot Restaurant, would like to let you know that we will miss Harry's company and all of the stores that he told and the memories he brought back to us of the days he worked at Binghamton Coca-Cola.
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Coke - It's the real thing and Harry was the real thing.
God Speed Harry
Coke Coffee Breaker's
March 14, 2014
We were much saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Harry. He truly was a dear friend my entire life.
Whenever we got together, we shared very fond memories, for hours, of our childhood and mutual friends.
Harry was selfless in giving of his time and talent, to any who might need it.
May you rest in peace dear friend.
Jack and Loretta Curtin
March 14, 2014
I remember Harry from Binghamton Savings Bank days, where he would come and cheer our softball team on. He was a fan of ours and we were a fan of his. Such a gentle soul - rest in peace, Harry. It was an honor to know you.
Laura Conaty
March 14, 2014
Played softball w/ Harry (The Gentle Giant as I called him) back in the mid '70's. Had the honor to catch a game that he pitched. For a softball, he could really make the ball 'dance'. Please know my thoughts and prayers go out to you all..God bless you. Tom Shaul
Tom Shaul
March 14, 2014
To the Dodd family, I knew Harry from my time working in the grocery stores when he sold soda products. Harry will be missed and remembered. My thoughts and my prayers are with the family.
David Felker
March 14, 2014

Harry was a good friend from church, softball and meals on wheels. Our prayers for Harry and family.
John Gormly
March 14, 2014
To the Dodd family
I was very sad to read of Harry's passing. I new Harry when he was working for Seven Up Bottling and I always thought I had a part in him coming to Coca-Cola Binghamton. Harry was the best Coke salesman I had the privilege to work with and he was a great person. Harry would go out of his way to help anyone. We all looked forward for the times Harry came down to our Coke Coffee Break at the Spot. We will miss him at the Spot. I'm sure that Harry will make sure there is plenty of Coke in Heaven.

May you see God's light on the path ahead
When the road you walk is dark.
May you always hear,
Even in your hour of sorrow,
The gentle singing of the lark.
When times are hard may hardness
Never turn your heart to stone,
May you always remember
when the shadows fall—
You do not walk alone.
Jim & Connie Roach
March 14, 2014
To the Dodd family

I remember Harry playing softball with my dad and when delivering to the Giant when I worked there. I also played softball with/against him. A great competitor and person. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you.
Dennis Shaul
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