Harold E. Hay, Sr., 86, of Ilion and formerly of Prindle Apartments, passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, in the Siegenthaler Center, town of Kirkland, with his loving family by his side.
He was born on April 11, 1927, in Amsterdam, the son of the late Almon and Helena Otto Hay, and was a graduate of Amsterdam High School. Harold served in the United States Navy during World War II. On Jan. 17, 1953, Harold married the former Patricia "Pat" A. Taggart in Broadalbin. Mrs. Hay passed away on June 14, 2013.
Prior to his retirement, he was employed in the wood shop at Remington Arms, Inc., Ilion. Earlier in his career, Harold was a master cabinetmaker with Grieme Lumber Company in Amsterdam and later with the former Standard Desk Company in Herkimer. Harold was a member of Crowley Barnum American Legion Post No. 25, Mohawk, and Michael Pliseck VFW Post No. 4915, Herkimer.
Harold is survived by his daughter, Kathleen Simons, of Ilion; his son, Daniel Hay and his wife, Beverly, of Taylor, Pa.; his brother, Gerald Hay, of Fort Johnson; his sister, Barbara Stoddard and her husband, Jack McGirr, of Schenectady; his 11 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his daughters, Anne Moore and Emily Farrington; his son, Harold E. Hay, Jr.; and his sisters, Helen Roberson, Geraldine Goldy and June Hall.
Harold's funeral will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at the Applegate-Day & Enea Family Funeral Home, 4309 Acme Rd., Ilion, with Deacon James Bower officiating. Interment will be made at the convenience of the family in Armory Hill Cemetery, Ilion, where he will be laid to rest with his wife.
Relatives and friends are invited to pay their respects on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, from 3 p.m. until the time of the services at the funeral home.
The family has asked to kindly consider donations, in Harold's memory, to be offered to the Siegenthaler Center in care of Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc., 4277 Middle Settlement Rd., New Hartford, NY 13413.