Though I never met Harry in person, I will miss him greatly. I became acquainted with him after joining a Pancreatic Cancer group online. I was nervous, but joined anyway, and I saw a man with the same case study shelving unit that I have. I was like "wowza! another mid century modernist! I am home"! That is how Harry made everyone in group feel, safe and at home. He was diagnosed some months before me, so he became a mentor, helping me and so many others understand and navigate this illness.(and also instructed us on how to cook the perfect piece of salmon). He also did it with humor and bluntness that I appreciated so much. I truly wish I would have met him sooner. He was a bright light in so many lives. A few months back he mentioned to me that he wished he could go to Lyric Opera, to see Tosca, but it wasn’t physically possible. I immediately searched for it, and sent him a rendition of it he could enjoy at home. In return ,he sent me a smiling picture of himself, appropriately attired in his cat chapeau finery! Great isn't it? He said a friend gifted him that hat. The second image is from a little over 3 weeks ago. We were on zoom, and this was my last interaction with the great HJ. After reading the entries here, I plan on eating a big bowl of Froot Loops in his honor. Hugs, love and condolences to all of Harry's friends and family.
“H” was an extraordinary man. A wonderful friend and mentor for the past 26 years, Harry always championed my interests outside of medicine and offered profound life advice when asked. We kept in regular contact through texts, phone calls, letters and cards, and I will dearly miss his brilliance and quiet compassion. My deepest condolences to Emily and Sam, and to anyone who had the privilege of knowing Harry.
A signature still from his famous Halloween dance video!
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