Category : Harmon Family

Selimah Harmon Graduation Pictures (I)

Mom and dad with the Furman Graduate Selimah in the middle.

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Heading out to Furman Graduation

Beginning Friday, May 8, Furman University will celebrate the Class of 2015 during its commencement weekend. The commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Paladin Stadium….

You can find the schedule there.

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Bagpipes right before the Start of Edward James Deenihan's Funeral yesterday

Check it out for those interested.

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On a Personal Note–Greetings from greater Pittsburgh before the Funeral

Good morning from western Pennsylvania, where it appears the weather will be nice for the funeral of my Father-in-Law Edward James Deenihan. I am looking forward especially to the full military honors and the bagpipes later. Thanks for your prayers–KSH.

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Kendall Harmon–Throttling the Blog Way Back for the highly unusual Family Commitments Ensuing

[color=red]The elves are taking the liberty to sticky this in order to remind blog readers to be praying for the Harmon family in these days. We’ll try to keep posting interesting articles while Kendall is unable to blog much.[/color]

The rector with whom I work left for sabbatical yesterday, my Father-in-Law is to be buried in Pittsburgh Wednesday, and our youngest daughter graduates from Furman University–God willing–next weekend. There are not too many weeks I remember on the family front like this one–I know you understand. Posts will be catch as catch can but check back for possible posts of interest from others. Many thanks–KSH.

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Edward James Deenihan Sr's Obituary in today's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Edward James Deenihan, Sr., Age 96, passed away on Friday, May 1, 2015. He was the husband of the late Irene (Shaffer) Deenihan; son of the late John and Rose Corey Deenihan; father of John of Chatsworth of California, Edward J. (Kathleen) of Pleasanton, CA, Patrick (Janice) of Reno, NV, Rosemary (Orval) Choate of Nevada City, CA, Elizabeth (Kendall) Harmon of Summerville, SC, Margaret (Mark) Caruso of Sun City West, AZ, and Timothy (Jennifer Paige) of Bridgeport, CT; brother of Margaret Morrison of Ellenton, FL; also 14 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Long ago, while playing a game with friends, Ed Deenihan was asked what should be the title of his biography. Affecting the Irish brogue he knew from his parents, he replied, “He Do And He Don’t.” When asked what the title meant, he simply grinned and said, “You’ll have to read the book!” Family was Ed’s first priority, though his history of service to his community and nation speaks of his commitment to serve one and all. Always quick with a story, he used humor to diffuse the pain of struggles and to celebrate life and its riches. Born February 11, 1919, the first son of Irish immigrants John and Rose (Corey) Deenihan, he grew up through the Great Depression, but when asked about that time would happily explain the concept of dance cards at club socials and tell how a family struggling through a hard time would often wake to find a basket on their stoop with bread or milk or some other necessary staples. He was drafted to the Army during the Second World War. During the time of his service, he was initially attached to a unit charged with breaking an internal black market smuggling ring. After his cover was blown, and he “got the stuffing beat out of me” in the hangar of a Calcutta air base, he was reassigned to the First Air Commando Group in the Chin Hills of what was then known as Burma. Again, his stories remembered the camaraderie and laughter of ‘showering’ in the water runoff under the fuselage of a bomber during the monsoons, or of beating the problem of oppressive heat and tightly rationed refrigeration by securing a few crates of beer in the bomb bay of a B-17 and flying it to a frigid altitude before diving back down to the runway and a base full of thirsty servicemen. Following the war, he returned to Wilmerding and was invited on a blind date where he met Irene Elizabeth Shaffer of Mount Lebanon, PA. They were married July 17, 1948, and were together 63 years until her passing in 2011. In that time, he went to work as a salesman for Goodyear Tire & Rubber and the couple raised seven children on his commission-based salary, even as there were at one point two children in college, two in Catholic high school, two in Catholic grade school, and a newborn. “We ate a lot ground meat and potatoes,” he would remember simply, with a grin. For Ed, hardship was never something worth complaining about, but simply a challenge to be dealt with. He was devout in his Catholic faith, and lived its principles of service to the community. He was an active member of his Catholic parish, involved in the practicalities of worship as well as assisting in the upkeep of the parish. He spent many years volunteering with the St. Vincent de Paul Society, even within months of his death, ministering to individuals and families who had found themselves in hard times. He helped serve the Disabled American Veterans and was a Lifetime Member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH). In 2004 he was named Irishman of the Year by its Pittsburgh Chapter. He was twice elected as a Wilmerding councilman. Edward was visiting his son in Pleasanton, California, where he died peacefully this past Friday morning due to complications surrounding pulmonary fibrosis. His life was one of quiet leadership by example, and his passing will be deeply felt by all who knew him. Friends received at JAMES F. FILIA FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, 354 Marguerite Ave., Wilmerding on Mon. 6-8 p.m. and Tues. from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St. Jude the Apostle Church on Wed. at 10 a.m.

This may be found there.

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Edward James Deenihan RIP

My father-in-law died last night, he was 96. When I think of him I think of someone who is the kind of person who held this country together: loyal husband, father, grandfather, Goodyear industrial tire employee, Hibernian society member, and mostly importantly member of his local Roman Catholic Church. He not only attended Bible study and worship regularly, he even (still) participated in spiritual retreats in recent years.

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The Harmon's 28th Wedding Anniversary Weekend

I continue to deny any knowledge whatsoever of the people in this photograph.

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Kendall Harmon Birthday Follow up

Since a number of you were kind enough to inquire, Elizabeth and I went out to eat at the new Five Loaves Cafe in Summerville, South Carolina. For those of who in the South Carolina Lowcountry (or for any who plan to visit) I can recommend it highly–the food, ambience and service were excellent. We later went to the movie Kingsman:The Secret Service–we had heard that is was “fun,” and indeed it was!

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(Reluctant?) Birthday Post–Kendall Harmon Gloriously Alive at 55


No point in pretending–your blog host is 55 today, the above a recent picture at an event in Columbia, South Carolina

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A Harmon Family Picture for Christmas 2014

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We Remember Thirteen Years Ago Today

(Courtesy of our son Nathaniel Harmon, who now lives and works in NYC).

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Folly Beach, SC–Harmon Family vacation in the Summer of 2014

Take a look.

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Vacation Picture (II)–Sunset this Evening, Camp Saint Christopher, South Carolina

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Vacation Picture (I)–Prothonotary Warbler, Camp Saint Christopher, South Carolina

The photo is courtesy of Selimah Harmon; you can out more about Camp Saint Christopher there.

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Still Joyful after 27 years of Marriage

We took this one just as we were leaving Camp St. Christopher after celebrating our 27th anniversary. What can I say? The children got their mother’s genes.

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The Harmon's 27th Wedding Anniversary Weekend

I deny any knowledge whatsoever of the people in this photograph.

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My Father in Law, Ed Deenihan, at 95 on his birthday this week

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Happy Thanksgiving 2013 Picture

Left to Right: my brother, Randy Harmon, my father, Stuart Harmon, and myself.

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The Newest Member of the Harmon Family, Nacham

Apparently this has been in the works for a year, without my knowledge (but with everyone else in the family in on it). He was sprung on me as a surprise this past Saturday. I am still recovering. 7 weeks old, his name comes from the Hebrew word for comfort which may be found, for example, in Isaiah 40–KSH.

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Warm NYC greetings from this All Saints/All Souls Weekend to all Blog readers

Elizabeth and I at the new 9/11 memorial this past Saturday morning–KSH.

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Dad's 81st Birthday Yesterday


We took him shopping and out for dinner–simple pleasures; KSH.

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Anyone think the Toy Maltisse Needs a Haircut?

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Elizabeth Harmon Welcomed to the Medical University of S.C. School of Nursing Faculty

You can see her bio there and if you go to the main page here her photo will scroll through as one of the new people. What can I say like most clergy I married up–KSH.

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On Vacation so Throttling the Blogging Way Back

I know you understand. Posts will be catch as catch can. I am considering open thread topics on an edifying subject so if you have suggestions for such threads please post in the comments below. Also, please pray for Elizabeth and me. I do not in any way exaggerate when I say there is no time when we have more needed prayer than now. Among many other things there have been: two graduations, a knee operation for Kendall, Elizabeth preparing to start a new job teaching at MUSC (starting July 1), and Kendall’s father having a shunt put in his brain. We need refreshment and rest. Many thanks–KSH.

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Kendall Harmon Post Knee Surgery Update

I am progressing, but it is a challenging process to be sure. I made it home from the hospital at the end of the day after surgery and have since had two home health physical therapy sessions. The swelling is going down, the pain is less each day, and the mobility is increasing. My therapist says I am doing well, and so does my wife. There are a series of exercises I am required to go through thrice daily. I confess that the novelty has worn off and I sometimes find patience an issue, but I am not getting this far only to peter out. As far as motion is concerned, I have moved from a walker to a cane. I appreciate your understanding and prayers–KSH.

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Great news on the Kendall Harmon Case (The Case of the Gimpy Guy)

The surgeon had informed us that if he thought a partial knee replacement was appropriate this is what he would do. We had prepared for a total knee with the hopes of being surprised by a partial … and by God’s grace … a partial is what he needed! Kendall is out of surgery, in the recovery room with expectations of being discharged tomorrow. Thank you for all your prayers. Elizabeth Harmon

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A Harmon Picture at Elizabeth's Graduation from the Medical University of South Carolina

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The Harmon Family Picture at Nathaniel's Graduation from Vanderbilt University

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On a Personal Note–Quite a Next Few Weeks for the Harmons

We now approach quite a challenging period for the family–two graduations and one knee replacement surgery for yours truly over the next few weeks. We head this afternoon to Vanderbilt for Nathaniel’s graduation, then Elizabeth graduates from MUSC (Medical University of South Carolina, a doctorate in the nursing practice [ie D.N.P.]) next week, and then (ugh!) I have surgery on Tuesday the 21st. We would be grateful for your understanding and prayers especially in this time, thanks–KSH.

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