LEESBURG – Harold M. Gonyea, 80, of Leesburg, Fla., died Saturday, Oct. 20, 2012, after a courageous battle with myelofibrosis. He was born Aug. 25, 1932, in Ogdensburg, N.Y., the eldest son of Andrew and Mary Gonyea.
He graduated from Hermon High School in 1951. He served in the U.S. Air Force in Korea during the Korean War as a B-26 crewman. Upon returning from the war, he married Evelyn Ware of Hermon, N.Y., who predeceased him in 2003 after 46 years of marriage. They ran a farm until Harold started work at the Gouverneur, N.Y. paper mill as a mechanic. He worked his way up to supervising a paper mill in Puerto Rico, then moved with his family to Maine where he worked at the Old Town Paper Mill as general manager of Tissue Operations then training coordinator until his retirement in 1989. After retirement, Harold and Evelyn began their own woodworking business. They made many beautiful projects for local shops. In 1992 they moved to Zephyrhills, Fla. Harold later moved to Leesburg, Fla. Harold enjoyed family, woodworking, buying cars, music, electronics of all kinds, watching Leesburg Lightning games with Lois and friends, generally keeping busy and enjoying life. He was a warm loving man and will be greatly missed.
In addition to his wife, Evelyn, he was predeceased by a brother, John; and infant sister, Orilla. He is survived by four sons, Michael and his wife, Laurie, of Ellsworth, Paul and his wife, Vicki, of Hermon, David and his wife, Erin, of Lakeland, Fla., and Karl of Lakeland, Fla.; and grandchildren, Erin, Kellie, Casey, Clark and Keely; brothers, George, William and Ken; sisters, Barbara and Nomia; and sister-in-law, Joy Ware.
Services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 24, in Leesburg, Fla. with burial immediately after at Florida National Cemetery.