Life Story / Obituary
Harry Harting Jr, Traverse City - Age 77, surrounded by family, passed away Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. Of the many reasons to love Harry, his innate sense of humor, profound kindness, and unstoppable spirit were among his finest attributes.
Born on Feb. 9, 1945, in Detroit, Michigan, Harry arrived on Earth at the exact moment to properly appreciate the rise of Rock ’n’ Roll. With the 1954 Elvis Presley hit, “That’s All Right”, Harry’s lifelong passion for singing awakened. As soon as he could get his hands on a guitar, a young Harry taught himself how to play every song he loved on the radio by ear. He would later excel in the school choir. Whether he was solo, with friends, bands, or family, he always kept the music alive. Even while serving in the U.S. Army, stationed in South Korea, he was known to entertain fellow soldiers with his gift of song.
Harry adored and shared sports with his three sons. An excellent ballplayer himself, he encouraged his family to play and learn on teams. Harry’s humble and easy going nature can be traced to his time on the sandlot field he and his friends maintained themselves every summer. From this foundation, he imparted a never-give-up attitude when behind in the count, and a good-natured sportsmanship during and after every game. These lessons gave Harry and his family the emotional armor necessary to be loyal Detroit Tigers and Lions fans.
Through his community at Aspen Hills apartments, and his volunteer work, Harry’s generous spirit was well recognized and appreciated. His lifelong altruism ensured he never acted for reward, but for fulfillment.
In his last moments, encircled by loved ones, Harry signed off with, “All families have their problems, but I don’t care what anybody says about you, you’re alright. I love you all.” A class act.
Harry is preceded in death by his loving father, Harry Sr., mother, Elsie, sisters, Carol and Betty. He is survived by his children David (Cristina), Jason (Krystal), and Matthew (Nikkie); his grandchildren, Haley, Nicholas, Christian, Madison, Jordyn, and Alexandrea; and his dearest companion and guardian angel, Deb.
Harry’s modesty dictated that celebrating his life should be personal, heartfelt, and charitable. If you would like to honor Harry, please make a donation to savethemusic.org, or thecmf.org/contribute.