Hugh P. Harron, 41, passed away Sunday evening peacefully at home, surrounded by his loved ones. Hugh was courageous and private throughout his brief illness with cancer.
He was born May 22, 1964, in Pottsville, a son of Lita (Berton) Harron and the late Lawrence J. Harron. Hugh graduated from Meyers High School and received his baccalaureate degree in accounting from King’s College. He also studied at Temple University and was a proud fraternity member of Pi Lambda Phi.
He worked most recently as a cost accountant at Bridon America in Hanover Industrial Estates.
Hugh was preceded in death by his father; a sister, Noreen Harron; his maternal grandparents John and Anna Berton; and his paternal grandparents, Hugh and Anna Harron.
Surviving in addition to his beloved mother, Lita, with whom he resided in Liberty Hills, are his brother Larry and his wife Ellen, of Westmont, N.J.; and his sister Denise Harron and her husband Donald Linneman of Whitefish Bay, Wis.
Hugh is also survived by five loving nieces and nephews, Hugh, Kathleen and Matthew Harron, and Nina and Clare Linneman, his godchild. Also surviving are his uncle Joseph Berton and his aunt Hilda Patricia Smith of Kentucky. Hugh is further survived by numerous cousins, including Lisa A. Murray of Clark, N.J., of whom he was particularly fond. He also leaves behind his beloved cat, Rusty, who was by his side until the very end.
Funeral services will be held 8:45 a.m. Saturday from the Leo P. Lehman Funeral Home, 689 Hazle Ave., Wilkes-Barre, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church. The Monsignor Neil VanLoon, his cousin and godfather, will officiate along with his friend, the Rev. J. Duane Gavitt and his pastor, the Rev. Andrew R. Sinnott. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township.
Friends may call Friday from 4-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions, if desired, may be directed to support research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, P.O. Box 27106, New York City, NY 10087, or online at www.mskcc.org . An alternate contribution to honor Hugh’s love of nature and animals at his favorite place, Anna Maria Island, Fla., where he joyfully visited so many times with his family and his wonderful friend Tony, even to being there just hours before his hospice admission, may be directed to Mote Marine Laboratory, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, FL 34236, or online at www.mote.org .
Published by Times Leader on Sep. 15, 2005.