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Harry Haskell Hergert Sr. was born Oct. 15, 1919, in San Francisco to Russell and Alberta Hergert.
He was an only child and quite intelligent. He went to the University of California at Berkeley and received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1941. He then attended Harvard University and received a Master of Business Administration degree in 1947. He met his wife, Nancy Keene, there.
They lived in Darien, Conn., and had three children, Harry Jr., Nancy, known as "Muffin," and William. Harry was an eccentric person who was very interested in antiques. When he bought a historical monument, a home built in 1776 on two acres with a clay tennis court, his dreams became a reality. He lived in the home for 50 years. Tennis became his favorite pastime. He and his wife played doubles with another couple, playing an annual tournament and engraving the names of the winning couple onto a trophy each year. He felt he had everything he could possibly want. Harry worked for his entire career as a comptroller for American Electric Power in New York City, commuting on the train every day until he retired.
He was primarily a vegetarian but loved seafood. He loved working in New York City because of the variety of food venues he could enjoy, Indian and Thai foods being his favorites. His interest in other countries resulted in his family traveling to Europe many times, because they loved the museums, culture and ambiance it offered. Venice was Harry's favorite place in the world.
He lost his beloved wife to cancer in 1987. After living alone in Darien for many years, he moved to Virginia in 1995, to be closer to his daughter-in-law, Susan Stonehill. He gave her the ultimate compliment, trusting that she would care for him, with the help of her daughters, Tamis and Carissa.
In July 2005 he moved into Chancellor's Village Retirement Community. While he was not happy at first, he grew to be very comfortable there. He passed away Nov. 8, 2012. He was 93 years old.
He was a kind man who was very grateful for the care and attention he received. He valued the simple things in life and was independent in spirit. He will be missed.
Harry H. Hergert is survived by his daughter, Nancy Hurd; and seven grandchildren, Tamis Davis, Carissa Hergert, Jacqueline Hergert, Lisa Walker, Tina Delawter, Bo Hurd and Brooks Hurd. He is also survived by six great-grandchildren, Calen Cooper, Lourdes and Madeline Davis, Kendra Delawter and Boden and Myles Walker.
A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, in the chapel at Chancellor's Village.
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