Harold E. Heath Sr., 93, formerly of Forest Street in Lee, died Saturday at Hillcrest Commons in Pittsfield.
He was born July 12, 1924, in Lee, the son of Alton and Fran Brazee Heath. He attended Lee schools. Mr. Heath served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in both theaters, serving aboard the USS Tulagi and the USS Massachusetts. He later worked for Flynn’s Tree Service and then Cheyne’s Farm delivering milk. From the late 1940s, he was employed at the Mountain Mill division of the Westfield River Paper Company in Lee, from which he retired in 1989. On May 27, 1946, he married the former Yvonne P. Kickery, who died Sept. 1, 2008.
Harold is survived by four sons: William R. Heath and wife Gertie of Palatka, Florida, Harold E. Heath Jr. of Lee, Richard A. Heath Sr. and wife Mary Terese of Blossvale, New York, and Charles E. Heath and wife Marilyn of Becket; three daughters: Diane P. Roosa and husband Ralph of Lee, Terry L. Woods and husband Robert of Surprise, Arizona, and Susan A. DiGrigoli and husband Michael of Pittsfield; two sisters: Mabel Sheridan and husband Richard of Monterey, and Pauline Johndrow of Lee; 17 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren. He was also predeceased by son Robert C. Heath.
A memorial service for Harold Heath Sr. will be held Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Kelly Funeral Home in Lee at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Janet McKinstry, pastor of the Tyringham Union Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Fairmount Cemetery. Visiting hours will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Friends wishing may make donations in his memory to Soldier On in c/o the Kelly Funeral Home, 3 Main St., Lee, MA 01238. To send a donation, leave a message of condolence or share pictures, visit www.kellyfuneralhome.net.