Harley F. Merithew
unknown - November 23, 2012
Harley F. Merithew, 75, of Wildwood, Fla., passed away Nov. 23, 2012.
Harley was born on May 13, 1937, to Claude and Ida (Steacy) Merithew. He attended Canton ATI (SUNY Canton) and Syracuse University. He began his working career at the Crouse-Hinds Co., Syracuse, which later became part of Cooper Industries. He moved to Baldwinsville in 1971. In 1983, he was named product manager for Cooper Lighting and moved to their headquarters in Vicksburg, MS.
Harley was a member of St. Paul’s Church in Leesburg, Fla., and St. Patrick’s Church in Colton N.Y., He was a member of the Third and Fourth Degree of The Knights of Columbus. He served in various capacities and offices, including Deputy Grand Knight for Baldwinsville Council No. 5082. Harley was affiliated with St. Mary’s Scout Troop No. 119 in Baldwinsville for five years, serving as scout master for two years.
As well as being an avid “flea marketer,” he especially enjoyed woodworking. Harley loved nature, canoeing, camping and hiking. He had an eye for spotting the rare bird, animal, etc., much to the delight of his family. For a number of years he was a member of the New York Air National Guard and was activated into the U.S. Air Force during the Berlin Wall crisis, becoming one of the “Boys from Syracuse” spending 1961-1962 in Phalsburg, France.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Katherine (Edgerton) Merithew and two children, Patrick J. “P.J.” Merithew and partner Carrie Bryant of DeKalb Jct., N.Y., and Theresa “Tracy” (Anthony) Corpus of Goose Creek, S.C., four grandchildren, Marie, Rhys, Sage and Tony, his father, Claude Merithew, two sisters, Doris (James) Smith and Geraldine (Richard) Fletcher and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his mother in 2000 and a nephew, James Smith, in 1977.
Services were held at St. Patrick’s Church, Colton, with burial at The Union Cemetery, DeKalb Jct., N.Y.