Harrison A. Waterbury
August 24, 1944 to January 13, 2023
Harrison A. “Harry” Waterbury, 78, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, died Friday, January 13, 2023, at Danbury Hospital surrounded by his family, following an illness.
He leaves his wife of 52 years, Geraldine P. (Boylan) Waterbury; his daughter, MaryKate Romano, and her husband, Peter, of Ashburnham, Mass.; his son, Michael H. Waterbury, and his wife, Colleen (McNamara), of Avon; his seven grandchildren: Owen, Lindsay, and Gabriella Romano, and Hadley, Harrison, Francine, and Curran Waterbury; as well as his sister, Mildred Eileen (Waterbury) Freebairn, of Bethel; and sisters-in-law, Mary Doyle of Old Saybrook and Sheila Boylan and her husband, Donald Wiede, of Katonah, N.Y.
Harry was predeceased by his parents, Harrison and Mildred (Hasbrouck) Waterbury, and his infant son, Brian P. Waterbury.
Born in Cos Cob, Conn., Harry attended local schools and was a graduate of St Mary’s High School, Greenwich, Conn. Harry received his undergraduate degree from Niagara University, Niagara, N.Y., and a masters degree from Bridgeport University, Bridgeport, Conn. Harry proudly enlisted in the United States Army in 1966 and served as a military accountant until his honorable discharge in 1969.
Harry worked for many years as the accounting supervisor at the Dupont Plant in Newtown, Conn., and at Newtown Savings Bank.
Harry was a devout parishioner of St Rose of Lima Parish, Newtown, for 50 years and proudly served as Chairman of the Finance Council and a Eucharistic Minister for many years. He was a member and past president of the Newtown Jaycees, served on the Board of Finance for the Town of Newtown, was a member of Newtown Parks and Recreation for many years, and current Treasurer of Newtown Ambulance.
Harry’s greatest joy was his family. He loved to share stories about his children, grandchildren, and extended family. Harry was an avid sports fan. He was an enthusiastic Yankees fan from childhood and loved to cheer on his New York Giants every Sunday. Harry spent many years coaching his son, Michael, in Newtown Little League and town basketball and loved every minute of it. His greatest joy came from rooting for the college teams of his grandchildren and his alma mater, Niagara University.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend calling hours on Tuesday, January 17, 2023, at Honan Funeral Home, 58 Main Street, Newtown, from 4 to 7 pm. A Funeral Mass to celebrate Harry’s life will be held on Wednesday, January 18, 2023, at 10 am at St Mary Church, 26 Dodgingtown Road, Bethel, Conn.
In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to The Niagara Fund, Niagara University. Please note on your donation: Harrison Waterbury Scholarship Fund. The Waterbury family is forever grateful for the nursing care and blood donations that Harry received during his treatment and ask that people would consider donating blood to their local blood bank in honor of him.