Harold Russell “Pappy” Piety 86, of Harrisburg, PA, died on January 6, 2018. Harold was born in Des Arc Arkansas in 1931 to Alice and Austin Piety. After his graduation from Stephen Decatur High School, Harold joined the United States Navy. After returning from military service, he attended the University of Illinois and received a B.A. in Rhetoric in 1957. He went on to a career in journalism that spanned more than 20 years. In 1977, he began his second career in public relations and he worked at the Pennsylvania Electric Association until his retirement.
In 1958, Harold married Patricia Chamless of Belleville, Illinois. Together they had three daughters: Tamara, Marilyn, and Julia. That marriage was dissolved in 1978. After he moved to Pennsylvania, Harold met and married Christine Barrelet; bringing her two children, Nicolas and Stephanie Barrelet, into his family as well.
Harold was a life-long, passionate Democrat, a lover of opera and classical music, and a voracious reader. Harold’s real love, however, was in homemaking and building a family. Harold loved to cook and to feed the ones he loved. Harold became “Pappy” to countless children, both in those in his family and those in his community.
Harold is survived by his beloved wife Christine and children, Nicolas and his wife Lisa; Stephanie and her partner Staci; daughters, Tamara, Marilyn and her husband Brian, and Julia and her husband Phill; grandchildren, Alec and wife Miriam, Kirsten and Andrew, and great-grandson Gabriel. He is also survived his brother Richard Piety and his half-sister Bobbie Piety, his first wife, Patricia Piety and his many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be held Friday, January 12, 2018 at Kindred Place, 4700 Oakhurst Blvd., Harrisburg, PA., from 3:30-5:30 in the Activity Room. In lieu of flowers, relatives and friends are asked to consider a donation in his name to one of the many causes Harold sponsored during his life including, but not limited to, Planned Parenthood, The Nation, the ACLU, Mother Jones, the ASPCA and the NAACP.
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