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PITTSFIELD - Harold L. Haycock Jr., 81, of Pittsfield, passed away peacefully in Norwich.
Harold was born on Aug. 11, 1936, in Butler, New Jersey, the son of the late Harold L. Haycock Sr. and Sarah DuVall Haycock.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Elinor "Ellie" Haycock, and grandson, Brian Dedio.
Harold is survived by his children, Linda (Robert) Dedio, Kenneth (Janice) Gray, Billy (Lori) Gray, Harold (Kristine) Haycock III, and Beth (Donald) Stringham Jr.; grandchildren, Lisa Tedeschi, Holly (Dan) Fuller, Tabytha (Adam) Gray, James Haycock, Sarah Haycock, Marisa Haycock, Liz Adams, Dana (Justin) Rous, and Emily Stringham; great-grandchildren, Austin, Allie, Jaiden and Jax.
In 1953, Harold began a long career in automobile repair and sales. It took him from a Studebaker dealership in Riverdale New Jersey, to Kochka Ford in Butler, New Jersey in 1961, and to Smith Ford in Cooperstown in 1969. In the late 70's, Harold worked for Stevens Pontiac until its closure, which prompted him to open Wharton Valley Auto Repair in Burlington Flats. In the mid 1980's, he also worked as a service manager with Nichols, and Odbert Motors in Cooperstown. Harold then moved to the Smith Ford sales floor where he worked until his retirement. In retirement, he continued to work part-time selling cars with Bush Motors in Hartwick three days a week. Harold was a talented musician, playing guitar, trumpet and sousaphone in Haycock's Municipal Band in New Jersey.
On Aug. 16, 1969, Harold married Elinor "Ellie" VanHorn in Indian Lake. He and Ellie enjoyed hiking the Adirondacks, and collecting classic cars including his favorite Packard. He was a member of the Wanderers classic car club, and the Lightwalker Baptist Church in Morris.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 29, at Light Walkers Baptist Church, 193 County Highway 49, Morris, with the Rev. Timothy Miller, Pastor of Light Walkers Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will be in Burlington Flats Cemetery.
Calling hours will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, at Delker and Terry Funeral Home, 30 South St., Edmeston.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Light Walkers Baptist Church in memory of Harold.
Arrangements are by NYS Licensed Funeral Director David Delker at Delker and Terry Funeral Home of Edmeston.
To send condolences visit www.delkerterryfuneralhome.com or on Facebook at Delker and Terry Funeral Home.
Published on October 26, 2017
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