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Harry William Christian
Harry W. Christian passed from this world Saturday, November 23, 2013. He was 86 years old. Harry was born August 24, 1927 in Ellenville; the son of Harry and Latilda (DeWitt) Christian. He was predeceased by his wife of 49 years Elfriede Benz Christian.
Mr. Christian was a World War II American Merchant Marine Veteran serving in both the Atlantic and Pacific theaters. After the war he began a career as a prison guard retiring from Eastern Correctional Facility in 1978. In 1975 he and his wife opened Christian's Greenhouse, a plant and flower shop that they owned and operated successfully for more than 25 years.
He is survived by his companion and caregiver Marge Carroll. A son Robert and his wife Cheryl Christian of Kerhonkson. A daughter Margaret Coisson and her husband Douglas of Hurley. Six grandchildren; Amelia Christian and her husband Ross Johnson, Kera Coisson, Grayson Christian, Hobson Christian and Drew Coisson. A sister Candice Mantone of Hawaii. He was also predeceased by his sisters, Loretta Cullen and Cherie Andersen.
Visiting will be held on Monday, November 25th from 2-4 & 6-8pm at H.B. Humiston Funeral Home, 30 42nd St., Kerhonkson. A memorial service will be held at a later date.
I'm so sorry to hear of this news. You were at my wedding and got to sit next to my grandpa Gustav Anderson; your friend and fellow merchant marine. My mom would bring home a flower each year that you handed out at the Merchant Marine Christmas parties. You will be missed. I hope you and grandpa will see each other in heaven.
Janine S Dec 2 2013 12:00 AM
We are so sorry for your loss - just heard - your parents were wonderful people and always so helpful and now they are together in Gods Care - please accept our heartfelt condolences
Sonia Nov 30 2013 12:00 AM
Bob and Cheryl and all the family, as well as Marge, we are so sorry to hear of Harrys passing. He was truly a gentleman.
Bob and Carol Baker Nov 28 2013 12:00 AM
Please accept our condolences for your dad. He will be remembered as a gracious and caring person.
David and Esther DeGrote Nov 27 2013 12:00 AM
I am so sorry to read of Harry's passing. His roses were always a hit at the Merchant Marine Xmas parties. He always added a certain elegance and class and never forgot to drop an extra stray one off to me at the office when he'd drive by on his deliveries. He was greatly loved and will be missed.
Melinda Widmark Nov 26 2013 12:00 AM
I am so sorry to hear of Uncle Harry's passing. I pray that God will bring a peace and comfort to you all of you during this very difficult time. I am certain that mom is thrilled to be reunited with her brother after such a long time apart, however it is those of us left here that need the peace and strength to endure the race. When things settle, please contact me via email (email@example.com) with your mailing addresses as I have no way to stay in touch with either of you! Hugs and love to my cousins. I am so sorry I can't be there in person. Love you all. Wendy
Wendy Cullen Taylor Nov 25 2013 12:00 AM
My condolences to family and friends of Harry Christian.
Donna Orlando Nov 25 2013 12:00 AM
You are all in my thoughts but my heart is full with memories of a very special man. I am very blessed to have been able to share the joy of both your parents during my days at the greenhouse. I will treasure all the knowledge of flowers, showed to me 8by Harry. His charm and smiles lives in my heart. Kathy Kowalski
Kathy Kowalski Nov 25 2013 12:00 AM
My Dear Harry and Family , I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your father, God will watch over you and your family , Your family has been so kind to us with your beautiful Flowers you have made for many of our family events. God be with you God Bless , Patty, George Legg and families
Patricia Legg Nov 24 2013 12:00 AM
To the entire Christian family, I did not know Harry personally, but I can say that through the flower shop, he brought our family much needed condolences, congratulations, best wishes, much love and joy with every flower bouquet and arrangement. And now, our family sends our deepest condolences on the passing of your father and grandfather. May he be at peace. Our thoughts are with you.
Kathy Worden Nov 24 2013 12:00 AM