Born and raised in Buffalo, Harry was one of 8 children in his Family. He made the decision to drop out of high school to help his Mother take care of his many brothers and sisters. Never one to leave a job undone, Harry acquired his GED many years later, and was very proud of having finished that task. He would persuade his wife Virginia (better known as Jean to most) to follow in his footsteps. She became discouraged after failing twice, but with his help and support, Jean was able to get her GED as well! The third time was a charm! Harry worked as a machinist for many years before becoming a CDL driver for the county.
A soldier and patriot, Harry was one of the few remaining veterans who served in the World War II era. Harry was awarded two Purple Heart Medals for his brave sacrifices in the line of duty, as well as many other awards. He was interviewed by Congressman Chris Collins two years ago, who presented him with some of the awards.
Harry had a few indulgences, like enjoying his favorite popsicles or a Klondike bar for his snack. His beloved fox terrier, Molly, went everywhere with him. He would take Molly to the town hall or anywhere else he could sneak her in! He never met a stranger, and he (and Molly) made friends everywhere he went. One of his favorite past times was raising and training homing pigeons. He would travel out of state with them frequently to train them to fly home for competitive races, and even won a few trophies for his skill in doing so.
Harry’s greatest pride in life was his family. His son, David and daughter-in-law Joyce were his best friends. They blessed him with two grandkids and four great-grandkids with whom Harry loved spending time and sharing stories. His legacy lives on in the values he instilled in his family: honesty, integrity, and a willingness to sacrifice for family and country. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Wisniewski, Harry R. of Alden, NY on September 19, 2019. Devoted Husband of the late Virginia "Jean" Wisniewski; Beloved Father of David (Joyce) Wisniewski; Loving Grandfather of Linda (Justin) Transki and Tracy Transki; Adored Great-Grandfather of Zachary, Kara, Luna, and Evy; Brother of Teresa Aumer and Mary Rytel and late Edward, Daniel, Walter, Leonard, and Emily; Dear friend of his treasured fur-child Molly; also survived by nieces, nephews, and friends. Friends will be received Monday 3-7 PM at LAKESIDE MEMORIAL FUNERAL HOME, INC. 1340 Union Rd, West Seneca, NY 14224 716-674-5776. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday 10:00 AM at Annunciation Church, Elma. Please Assemble at church. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight. Online condolences at www.LakesideFuneralHome.com.
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