Thursday, September 28, 2017

Harry Irwin Avery

Harry Irwin Avery, lifelong mechanic and gearhead, went to the big garage in the sky at age 78.  When not enjoying RPMs, Harry was a devoted spouse for fifty-five years; loving father of four; grandfather to the “Easy Does It” pit crew, and dedicated parishioner at St. Andrew Catholic Church in Orlando.  

Sundays were a contrast to Harry’s work days: Mondays through Saturdays, he was never afraid to get his hands dirty and work from sunrise to sunset, then managed to find a beer or two (often warm) with his cronies while watching his beloved sports.  On Sundays, he would “clean himself up,” put on a jacket and tie, and serve his Lord and Savior as a devoted usher for fifty years at his family parish. “He was a real piece of work.”  
Harry is survived by his wife, Paula (Grein) Avery, sister, Mary Bergman, brother Richard Avery (Oscar), daughter Karen Dorr (Brad), son Eric Avery (Shana), daughter Laura Drapcho (Don), son Daniel Avery (Benson Willis); grandchildren Bradley Dorr Jr., Bailey Dorr, Amanda Avery, Grace Avery, Nicholas Avery, Kristin Drapcho Gernaat (Ryan), Lucas Drapcho, Matthew Livesay Jr., and Alycia Drapcho; and great granddaughter, Marina Gernaat. He is joining his parents, Harry and Hortence (Irwin) Avery, brother-in-law, Clayton Bergman, and grandson, Christopher Avery, in Heaven.

The family will be receiving friends on Friday,  September 29, 2017 from 6:00 until 8:00 pm at Dobbs Funeral Home.  A Mass of Christian Burial will be held  at 10:00 am on Saturday, September 30, 2017 at St. Andrew Catholic Church with Father Leo Hodges officiating.  "In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the  Parkinson's organization which Harry belonged to."

If you could see where I have gone,  The beauty of this place.  And how it feels to know you're home,  To see the Savior's face.  To wake in peace and know no fear,  Just joy beyond compare.  While still on earth you miss me yet, You wouldn't want me there.  
If you could see where I have gone,  Had made this trip with me.  You'd know I didn't go alone.  The Savior came with me.  When I awoke, He was by my side,  Reached down His hand and said, "Hurry, child, you're going home  To a grand and glorious land! Don't worry over those you love,  For I'm not just with you.  And don't you know with you at home,  They'll long to be here, too?"  
If you could see where I have gone And see what I've been shown.   You'd never know another fear Or ever feel alone.  You'd marvel at the care of God,  His hand on every life.   And realize that He really cares  And bears with us each strife.  And that He weeps when one is lost,  
His heart is filled with pain.  But, oh, the joy when one comes home,  His child is home again.  
If you could see where I have gone And stay a while with me To share the things  That God has made to grace eternity.  But, no, you could never leave Once Heaven's joy you've known.  You couldn't bear to walk earth's paths Once Heaven was your home.  

If you could see where I have gone,  You'd know we'll meet someday.  And though I'm parted from you now,  That I am just away. And now that I am home with Him,  Secure in every way,  I'm waiting here at Heaven’s door  To greet you some sweet day. 


Anonymous said...

I am very sorry for your loss! I recently lost my grandfather and I know how difficult the grieving process can be at times.
While many believe that death is just the natural course of life,  the Bible teaches us that this was not God's original purpose for mankind.  When he created Adam and Eve, God originally intended that they and their offspring live forever, healthy and on a beautiful paradise earth.  Of course,  we know that Adam and Eve disobeyed thus condemning mankind to continue to grow old and die.  But does that fact leave us without any hope?

No, in fact the Bible actually gives us a wonderful hope for the future! Not only does God promise that he will get rid of death forever and that no one will ever die again  (Revelation 21:3,4) but he also promises us that he will bring them back to life (John 5:28,29) and we will see them again.  This wonderful future hope is something that I look forward to everyday and it brings me great comfort to know that I will soon see my grandfather again,  healthy and vibrant!
I hope the my message has brought you some measure of comfort.  If you'd like to learn more about this and other Bible topics, I encourage you to follow the links below which will take you to a Web site that is a great Bible study tool that I use often  to help answer Bible questions.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!


M Jones said...

I would like to offer my condolences for your loss. How comforting it is to know that Jehovah, the God of all comfort, will soon eliminate all grief and provide permanent consolation when “all those in the memorial tombs will hear  Christ’s voice and come out”! (John 5:28, 29) God promises that “he will do away with death forever, and the Sovereign Lord Jehovah will wipe away the tears from all faces.” (Isa. 25:8) Then, instead of having to “weep with those who weep,” all earth’s inhabitants will “rejoice with those who rejoice.”​—Rom. 12:15.

Phazeurite said...

It seems so unfair that death should have the power to take away someone you love; and when it happens , the thought of never again being able to talk to, laugh with, or hold your love one can be most difficult to bear. That pain is not necessarily erased by being told that your love one is up in heaven. The bible, holds a out a much different hope. At Job 14:14,15, it says that the God of comfort Jehovah, yearns to bring back those who are in his memory and to see them alive on earth. I really hope this thought brings family and friends comfort.