Harry Free

Harry C. Free Sr.

Saturday, September 19th, 1931 - Wednesday, January 6th, 2021
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Harry C. Free Sr., of Cortland, NY, previously from Genoa, NY, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 6th, 2021, from COVID-19, where he was welcomed by his wife, Nora Bell Ritchie Free. He passed peacefully with his children at his side. Harry was predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Nora, his son, Fallon Free Sr., and his granddaughter Courtnie S. Griffie Rupe (Ian). He is survived by his sister, Dorothy Free Polaski, his son, Harry C. Free Jr. (Linda), and his three daughters, Claudia M. Free McGarrigle (David), Cheryl A. Free Ink (Paul) and Kimberly A. Free Bull (Lee). He will be missed by all, including his grandchildren, Fallon Free Jr, Kristi Free, Charlie Free, Chad Free, William Griffie, Kenny McGarrigle, Kevin McGarrigle, Mikhaela Free, Harry C. Free III, Lee Ink, Cassidy Bull, Cayman Bull and many great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.

Harry enlisted with the U.S. Navy, serving during the Korean War on the U.S.S. Samuel B. Roberts DD-823 as a Radarman. He circumnavigated the globe several times, crossing the equator twice earning the title of “Shellback”. After the Navy, he entered the workforce, working at Airborne Instruments, Mega Data, TRW and Unity House.

Harry’s hobbies were building and flying model aircraft, reading and watching Westerns, listening to Big Band, jazz and folk music, woodworking, technology, bird watching, and researching family ancestry. Mostly, he was a dedicated family man, enjoying spending time with all those that loved him.

Harry’s wishes were to be cremated and two services with be held at a later date. One will be at Red Hill Cemetery in Hodgenville, KY, where he will be buried with his wife, with full honors and color guard. The other will be a burial at sea from a U.S. Navy vessel.

Online condolences can be left for the family at www.ZirbelFuneralHome.com. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in his name, to the Veterans of Foreign Wars or the Disabled American Veterans, Cortland Memorial Chapter 153, both in Cortland, NY.
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2 trees have been planted in memory of Harry C. Free Sr.

Ken and Linda Bull

Posted at 07:38am
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Kimberly Bull Posted at 08:59pm

Aww, he would love this so much! You know how he loved his birds!

Linda Bull

Posted at 07:35am
Harry was a wonderful man with a fighting spirit. He and his wife Nora created loving and devoted children. Our condolences to the entire Free family for their loss. Ken and Linda Bull

Kimberly Bull Posted at 08:58pm

Thank you, Nana and Papa... Love you both, very much!

Mr. and Mrs. John Elice

Posted at 07:01pm
May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.
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Kimberly Bull Posted at 07:37pm

Thank you very much. Thank you for the memory tree, Dad would definitely appreciate it!

Kevin & Joanie DeChick

Posted at 11:13am
To the Free family, we were very sorry to hear of your dads passing. My husband & I both worked with Harry at TRW. He was such a nice man. He knew his job & did it well. You are all in our thoughts & prayers. Kevin and Joanie DeChick

Kimberly Bull Posted at 07:38pm

Thank you very much. He was very kind and a very hard worker. And and excellent Dad!


Posted at 09:44am
My condolences to the family. I worked with Harry years ago at General Products in Union Springs, working side by side at one point and then as a subordinate when he became a supervisor. I remember him as a hard working loyal employee who was indeed a pleasure to know. Harry Brundage

Kimberly Bull Posted at 07:39pm

Thank you for your kind words. He had a very strong work ethic and a great Dad. We miss him.

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