March 11, 2012

Tribute to an Irishman: Harry Baxter - Sunday's Obituary



Harry Baxter
Harry Baxter, who operated the Baxter Plumbing Co. in East Cleveland, and later the Mayfield Plumbing Co. in Cleveland Heights during his 11 years here, died yesterday in Garrettsville. He was 50.
         Mr. Baxter was born in Belfast, Ireland, and served four years in the British Royal Marines in World War I. At his death, he was head of the Baxter Coal & Supply Co.
         A resident of Garrettsville since 1931, Mr. Baxter was a past president of the Rotary Club there, a trustee of its Methodist Church and a member of its Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Garrettsville Masonic Lodge, the Lake Erie Consistory and Al Koran Shrine.
         Surviving are his wife, Leatha; a daughter, Mrs. Winifred Bishop of North Canton; his father, Robert C., now of Garrettsville, and two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Twigg of Cleveland Heights and Mrs. Nan Jones of Garrettsville.
         Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Mallory Funeral Home, Garrettsville.

From unidentified clipping, collection of Winifred Bishop.



Harry Baxter was my husband’s grandfather. His name was actually Henry, but he was called Harry throughout his life. He was born August 26, 1900, in Belfast, and came to America after World War I. He married Leatha Evans in Cleveland, Ohio on May 27, 1925. Harry died unexpectedly on September 19, 1950. He never got to meet his grandson. But the simple epitaph on his obituary, “Gone But Not Forgotten,” speaks volumes.

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