Harold A. Horvath, 100, went home to be with the Lord on April 8, 2022. He was born in Akron, Ohio, and was a life-long area resident. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Verna Jane (Courter) after 37 years of marriage. He was also preceded in death by his son, Robert “Bob” J. Horvath in December 2019 and by his daughter, Barbara J. Bertram in October 2021. Harold was one of six children born to Eva and John Horvath—Edward, Carl, Elizabeth (Sis), Robert, and Helen—whom all preceded him in death.
Harold retired from Goodyear after 43 years of service, including 38 years as an elected union officer, serving 18 of those years as Treasurer of Goodyear Local #2 of the United Rubber Workers. The Executive Board Room at Local #2 was dedicated and named after him in July 2021 in celebration of his long-time service and his 100th Birthday.
Harold was a 32nd Degree Mason and was a 60-year member of the Eagles Aries 555 in Akron, Ohio, where he was selected as Grandfather of the Year in 2010. He served for many years as a special deputy for the Summit County Sheriff’s Department and was a member of the Ohio Fraternal Order of Police Associates Lodge 6 for 43 years. Harold was the recipient of many awards and certificates of merit for his achievements throughout his lifetime. He was an avid fisherman, enjoying many trips to Canada to fish for walleye with his sons, his grandson, his great-grandsons, many friends, and his fishing partners, Art and Steve McGowan.
Harold is survived by his son, William “Bill” J. Horvath; daughter-in-law, Susan L. Horvath; 9 grandchildren—Lori Horvath, Billie Jayne Horvath, Kelly (Dan) Howard, Kimberly (Scott) McGee, Kristine Horvath (Maurice Lee), Robert (Jill) Horvath, James Bertram, Ray Bertram, and John (Richelle) Bertram; 22 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great grandchildren.
Harold was a caring, thoughtful, and giving father and grandfather. He will be missed dearly by all who knew him. The family would like to give a special recognition to all of Harold’s friends at the Goodyear Retirees Club, as well as to Jennifer Brock and Kim Ralston of Homestead Hospice for the exceptional care that they provided.
Calling hours will be on Friday, April 15, 2022 from 5 - 7:00 pm at the Eckard Baldwin Funeral Home and Chapel, 760 E. Market St., with a Masonic service at 6:30 pm. The funeral service will be at the funeral home on Saturday, April 16 at 11:00 a.m. with Neal Booth officiating, burial at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
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