Obituary, Harold West

HAROLD WEST OBITUARY
Hope Valley, R.I. – Harold W. “Hal” West Sr. 95, of Hope Valley, R.I., husband of the late Barbara (Dorrington) West, was called home to be with the Lord Nov. 10, 2022. Born in Westerly, R.I. Aug. 16, 1927, he was the son of the late Eugene and Ethel (Binns) West.

He resided in White Rock, R.I., until joining the U.S. Navy in February of 1945, during World War II, and four months before his high school graduation. His parents were presented his diploma on graduation day from Westerly High School. While in the Navy, he served on the aircraft carrier the U.S.S Franklin, nicknamed Big Ben, until discharge in 1946. Upon discharge, he began working at the Mohegan Bakery where he met the love of his life, Barbara Dorrington. They were married in November of 1948. He worked at the former C.B. Cottrell Co., which later became Harris Graphics, until they closed in 1989. He then worked in the janitorial department in the Chariho School System, retiring in 1992.

Harold was an avid outdoorsman all his life, even in his later years. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping and his expertise was occasionally sought after by the RI DEM. He loved spending time in his garden, and enjoyed sharing his harvest with the family. He was very civic minded and active in town sports by serving as treasurer for Chariho Youth League, time keeper for the basketball league and coach for the baseball league. Harold had a passion for the outdoors, his family and his faith.

Harold will be sadly missed by his five children: Harold West Jr. and his wife Carole of Preston, Lawrence West of Westerly, R.I., Cathy LaFountain and husband William of Rockville, R.I., Lois Reynolds and husband David of Carolina, R.I.. and Debbie Hull and husband David of Wood River Jct., R.I. He also leaves his grandchildren: Harold West III and his wife Brittney, Angela Burns and her husband Jesse, Larry West and wife Rebekah, Jim Medeiros, Tracy Pion and husband Scott, Michelle Emond, Sandi Scott and husband Jeff, Melissa Page and husband Matt, LeeAnne Colahan and husband Bryan, Ryan Hull and wife Kerrie and Brandi Hull and partner Mike Hurd. He is also survived by his brother Donald West and wife Lisa; sister-in-law Maria West; and 18 great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Besides his wife Barbara, he was predeceased by his daughter-in-law Carolyn West; infant grandson William H. West; brother Robert West; and brother and sister-in-law George and Mary West.

The West family will greet relatives and friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the S.R. Avery Funeral Home, Main Street, Hope Valley, R.I. Funeral service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, at the First Baptist Church in Hope Valley, 1059 Main Street, Hope Valley, R.I. Burial will follow in Pine Grove Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the First Baptist Church in Hope Valley. Please visit http://www.averyfuneralhome.com for information.

Published by The Day on Nov. 13, 2022.

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