WEST KILL - Harold Eugene Mead Jr. passed away surrounded by his loving family on Friday, May 12, 2017.
Born in Prattsville in 1927, Harold moved with his parents to Jewett, in 1931. Here, he grew up with his two sisters and two brothers.
His father, Harold Sr., was an auto mechanic. Harold Jr. always had a passion for animals and farming. Harold and his brother Bill had 21 cows they would milk by hand twice a day, including before and after school.
Harold graduated from Windham Central School and went on to attend Cornell University to secure a degree in artificial insemination of cows. He traveled countless miles in these mountains to provide his service to many local farms while also running a farm of his own.
Harold met the love of his life, Joan Graf, in 1949 at West Kill Community Center in West Kill. Hilt Kelly and the Sidekicks were playing a round and square dance.
Harold and Joan were married in Brooklyn, in 1950. They bought a 40 acre farm in West Kill and farmed there until 1964, when they moved to a 250 acre farm in New Kingston. It was in New Kingston that Harold and Joan would settle, continue to raise his family and farm for the rest of his career. Harold and Joan would have seven children; three boys and four girls.
Harold is predeceased by his wife, Joan; his mother and father, Harold Sr. and Mabel; and his sister, Mildred.
He is survived by his sister, Helen; and two brothers, William and Thomas; his seven children, Maureen Fischer, Wayne Mead, Eugene Mead, Gary Mead, Colleen Skala, Jo-Anne Barone and Gwen Faulkner; 19 grandchildren; and 25 great-grandchildren.
His favorite things were his family (most of all), caring for animals, singing, dancing and playing harmonica. He was great at all of those things and will be sorely missed by his family and friends. Harold was a very hardworking and kind-hearted man. He left a lot of goodness in his wake.
A memorial service will be held by the family at the West Kill Cemetery at 2 p.m. on July 9. The memorial will be followed by a celebration of his life at the West Kill Community Center.
Published on June 8, 2017