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William "Bill" Harkey

11/22/2017



William T. Harkey, age 77 of Wayne, died on Wednesday, November 22, 2017. Bill had lived in Pompton Lakes before moving to Packanack Lake in 1990.

Bill lived in several towns during his younger years, including Belleville, Passaic, Rutherford and Lyndhurst, before his parents settled to a small log cabin in the Packanack Lake community. He went on to graduate from Wayne High School with the class of 1958 before joining the U.S. Army. Bill served in Northern Italy before being discharged and returning home.

Upon his return, Bill started working in the flexible packaging industry where he eventually became a salesman. This job literally changed his life. Bill was on a sales call to the Drake’s bakery in Wayne where he met Marion Giordano, who would soon become his wife. They exchanged vows on August 12, 1966 and have been inseparable for more than fifty years now. They enjoyed shopping together, watching TV together, and they took some great trips to places like London, Italy, and Ireland. Among their favorite TV shows to watch was Dancing with the Stars and earlier this year they were able to go see the show live in Los Angeles. Their sons treated them to VIP seats during the “final four” dance competition and they had a spectacular time. Bill’s sons recall their dad being there for them at all their sporting events and special occasions. Bill was much more than just a supportive dad and he would somehow work a lesson into every experience that the kids had. While they lived in Pompton Lakes, Bill was active coaching and leading the Pompton Lakes Youth Organization where he impacted the lives of many young people. He didn’t just stand on the sidelines but preferred to take an active role and make a difference in the lives of everyone he touched.

Bill was a stickler for detail and he always had to take an active role in seeing things done just right. For those of you who served with Bill on the Packanack Lake Board of Governors, or the Water Quality Commission, or if you decorated the clubhouse for Christmas with him, you know how important it was to him that things be done just so. He took pride in all these things and he was a man of principle who wasn’t afraid to roll up his sleeves and get to work. Bill was also a member of the Angler’s Club and loved to go fishing up at Greenwood Lake or Lake Hopatcong. He also made a point of patronizing the local businesses around Packanack Lake because he understood how important they all are to the overall quality of the community. As a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, he became a Eucharistic Minister and enjoyed his church family there. They will all miss him dearly.

Bill is survived by his loving wife of fifty one years; Marion (nee Giordano) of Wayne, two sons; Michael Harkey and his wife Jennifer of Wanaque, and David Harkey of Wayne, two grandchildren; Jacob and Mikayla of Wanaque, a brother; Bob Harkey and his wife Mary Ellen of Connecticut, and many nieces and nephews.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Monday, November 27, 2017 from 4-7 PM. Funeral Services will be held at 9:30 AM on Tuesday, November 28, 2017 from the funeral home, then to Immaculate Heart of Mary RC Church, Wayne, where at 10:30 AM a Funeral Mass will be offered. Burial will follow at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Butler.

Donations in Bill’s memory would be appreciated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memorial Processing, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105-9959.

Guest Book

11/24/2017

Marion, Michael, Jennifer, David - I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers. I am so glad to count Bill as a friend (through the Anglers), he taught me the true spirit of volunteering, caring about a community. Bill remains a great man, one of a kind, they broke the mold when Bill was made. God Speed home. He will be missed, Tight Fishing Lines Bill - sincerely, Sean & Janet O'Brien

Sean & Janet O'Brien

11/25/2017

Our deepest symthathy to Marion, Michael , David and brother Robert and extended family .Bill was the ultimate neighbor and community supporter besides a great family man . May he Rest In Peace

Michael Lamb

11/25/2017

I love you PopPop. More than words will ever know. Thank you to all for your kind words and support through this. They mean the world to my family and I. Love, Jacob Harkey

Jacob Harkey

11/26/2017

Dearest Marion and family, My Deepest Heartfelt Sympathy to you. I am so very devastated about this news. I always have loved you and Bill so much as I am sure you knew. I want you to know how very very sorry I am. Please convey my sympathy to the whole family. When I am back to New Jersey, I will call you immediately. Please take good care of yourself. I Love You, Elvie

Elvie LaBarre

11/26/2017

Aunt Marion, Michael & David: He will surely be missed. May he rest with peace in his heart and god by his side. Your in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Christine Bruno

Christine Bruno

11/27/2017

Mrs. Harkey, Mike and David My deepest condolences on the passing of Bill. I always enjoyed the many fun times I spent at your house through my teenage and young adult years. Bill and Marion always opened their door to me with affection, respect, and patience, (putting up with Mike's friends they needed the patience!). Bill always had great words of wisdom for us, which I always appreciated. My thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time. Sincerely Mike Pelrine

Mike Pelrine

11/27/2017

Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you remember the wonderful times that you shared as a family. These memories can never be taken away. In friendship, Henry and Cynthia

Henry and Cynthia Gorkowski

11/27/2017

Marion, Michael and David- I am so sorry for your loss. My deepest sympathy to you all. Bill was a great guy and a good friend throughout those days we were neighbors in Pompton Lakes. He gave so much fto his community and always had a great smile and loved his family. I am shocked to hear this terrible news. You guys are in my thoughts and prayers. May he Rest In Peace. Sincerely,

Wally Esposito

11/28/2017

Dear Marion, David and Michael, Words cannot express how sorry we are to have heard the news. We send you and the family our deepest sympathies and want you to know we are here for you. We are heartbroken at the loss of our wonderful friend who has left us too soon! We will always have our memories of the fellowship and meals we’ve shared, his great way of telling a story, his smile. We will miss him. Aurora and Jim

Aurora and Jim Iannelli

11/29/2017

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. I had the pleasure of working with Bill over the past two years and I will never forget him. I'll miss his wise and encouraging words, and the stories of his past. Bill brought me many smiles and I will miss him greatly. He left us too soon, may he rest peacefully.

Ashley Jozwiak

12/4/2017

Dear Marion and Harkey family, I was deeply saddened to hear of Bill's passing and I extend my heart-felt condolences to all of you. I worked with Bill for many years doing various packaging projects via Star Packaging and more recently with Jet Printing. He was a saint of a man and a great friend and colleague and will be missed. The Lord has his faithful steward in his arms.

Brian Votaw


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