Harrison J. (Harry) Pierce, a long time resident of New Rochelle died at Calvary Hospital with family members present on November 10 following a brief illness. He was 99. Born September 20, 1915 in New York City, he was the son of Harrison , a police officer and Katherine O’Connor Pierce of Garden City, N.Y. The third of five children, Mr. Pierce was also raised with three adopted cousins, all of whom predeceased him.
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Mr. Pierce met and fell in love with Virginia Dwyer, whom he married on November 28, 1942. Their love and marriage thrived for over 60 years until her passing in 2002. Together they raised five children, Harrison III, (Maggie), Marina Nolan, (James), Allys Macken, (John), Jacinta McCarthy, (David) and John Franklin, (Beth).
In addition to his wife, Virgina, Mr. Pierce was predeceased by his daughter, Marina and his daughter- in- law, Joan Cotter Pierce.
Mr. Pierce served his country proudly as Captain in the U.S Army in Italy during World War II. His entire family was involved with the war effort either as soldiers or nurses. His younger brother John Franklin was killed in the war.
Having worked in the frozen food business almost his entire adult life, he went on to form Harrison Pierce and Co., a pioneering and prominent importing company of frozen seafood, particularly shrimp and lobster tails. He was respected in business by suppliers, customers and competitors alike.
Mr. Pierce was a daily Communicant at Holy Family Church in New Rochelle for the last 70 years. He was a beloved figure there and at Wykagyl Country Club where he was a member since 1954. As golfers can appreciate, he shot his age, a rare feat, at the age of 88. He was honored by the club and awarded an honorary membership in October of 2007.
Fondly nicknamed “Pop,” he was the proud and loving grandfather to 17 and great grandfather to 18. His legacy continues to grow with three more great grandchildren on the way!
Visiting hours will be Thursday 4-8 P.M. at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel Inc. 16, Shea Pl. New Rochelle, NY. A funeral Mass is scheduled for Friday 10:00 A.M. at Holy Family Church. Interment will be private at Calverton National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Catholic Charities of NY or Montefiore, New Rochelle.