Harry Decker

Obituary of Harry Decker

Decker, Harry of Totowa, passed away peacefully in his sleep on October 28 2018, at the ripe old age of 93. Harry was a veteran of WWII and served in the Navy as a radio man for 6 years. He worked as a bricklayer for 40 years and was a proud member of the International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftsmen, Local #4, in Paterson, NJ. A lifelong Republican, his daughters were recently able to convince him that the current president is a buffoon. He is survived by his favorite oldest daughter, Eileen Decker of West Milford, NJ, who has stood by him and looked after him ever since his wife of 50 years passed away in December of 2000, and when Harry began losing his eyesight. By his favorite middle daughter, Marilyn Dana and her husband Dick Dana of Colorado. And by his favorite youngest daughter, Janice Baker-Kinney, her husband Rob Kinney and Harry's namesake, grandson Harrison Baker of California. Harry loved to take his girls on walks around Garret Mountain and to the railroad tracks long before Route 80 came to town, where we'd watch the train crush the pennies he gave us to put on the tracks. He taught us all how to drive (which explains a lot about how we drive) and the art of going really fast through the toll booths while tossing the change into the basket without slowing down. He also taught us a lot of curse words (much to Mom's chagrin) and how to always stand up for ourselves. Good times Harry, good times…

Harry will be missed by his friends down at Murph's Pub where he will be forever remembered by a plaque in his honor, which is placed next to the seat where he was a faithful, daily consumer of Budweiser. His good buddies, Jimmy and Eddie will miss their road trips to Mt. Airy where Dad never gave up hope that one day he might be able to spread the wealth. Dad also never gave up hope of hitting any lottery jackpot, playing numbers daily and even setting an alarm for the 11pm Mega and Powerball numbers announcement. For being pretty much blind and deaf, Harry sure could jump out of bed quickly to write down the numbers when that alarm sounded. Harry lived his life on his own terms and was always the "cool" dad. He had a great sense of humor and liked to tease his girls. With that being said, his girls would like to repay the favor now by laying him to rest for eternity on top of our mom Dolores. Cue the nagging Mom. We love you tons Harry Decker.

Harry wasn't into any fanfare, so services will be a private family affair. But please, at some point in your day, we ask that you raise a Bud in his memory. Cheers to you Dad!

Festa Memorial Funeral Home, 111 Union Blvd., Totowa was in charge of arrangements. For more information, go to www.festamemorial.com.

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