Mr. Martin Edward Harney, 76, of Poultney, died suddenly Thursday, May 29, 2008 at Rutland Regional Medical Center in Rutland, Vt.
Ed was born December 23, 1931 in Poultney, the son of Martin D. and Elizabeth (Hayes) Harney. He attended schools in Poultney and graduated from Poultney High School with the class of 1949. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy and was a veteran of the Korean War.
After being honorably discharged, he returned to his hometown of Poultney and was employed at the General Electric Company, Aircraft Engine Division in Rutland, retiring from there after thirty-six years of service. After his retirement from GE, he became a part-time employee for the Town of Poultney at the transfer and recycling station for a couple of years, retiring because of failing health. Ed, being born in Poultney in the same home he and his family lived in on East Main Street all of his life, was very dedicated to his hometown and served as a village trustee for ten years. Ed, together with his son, formed Harney’s Lawn Service, which they ran together for many years and which his son continues to operate. Mr. Harney was a communicant of St. Raphael the Archangel Parish for many years.
He is survived by his only son, Martin John Harney and his companion, Rebecca Whitney, both of Granville; his sister, Eileen, and her husband, Walter “Buck” Lyman, of Poultney, and by several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife, Mildred E. (Bougar) Harney on September 3, 1999.
Funeral services were conducted on Monday, June 2, at the Durfee Funeral Home at 119 N. Main Street, in Fair Haven, Vt., with Rev. Thomas Zelker, parish priest of St. Mary’s Church in Granville, officiating. Burial followed the service in St. Raphael Cemetery in Poultney, Vt.
Visiting hours for family and friends were held on Monday, June 2, at the funeral home.
Ed’s family sincerely requests that in lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy please be offered in his memory to the Poultney Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 76, Poultney, VT 05764, or to the Indian River Rehabilitation Health and Care Center, 17 Madison Street, Granville, NY 12832.