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
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.