Obituary of Harry T. Jennings

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Harry T. Jennings, 72 of Housatonic died Monday April 12, 2021 at his home surrounded by his loving family. Harry fought the long hard fight of cancer; through nine years he always kept his pride and dignity. Harry was born in Great Barrington on July 9, 1948 son of Helena (Marconi) Jennings and the late Walter R. Jennings. He was a graduate of Pittsfield High School class of 1966. Harry worked for the Great Barrington Fire Department for 38 years, starting in 1974 and the last 11 years he was the Fire Chief in Great Barrington retiring in 2012. He was a member of the Berkshire County Fire Chiefs, Massachusetts Fire Chiefs and the Western Massachusetts Fire Chiefs Associations, the Great Barrington Fish and Game and the U.S. Army National Guard. He was a member of the Alford Brook Pitch League playing on team 4 for many years where he was known for his bare ace 3 bid and even a bare deuce 4 bid. Harry also enjoyed golfing in his retirement and was a member at Egremont Country Club where he played in the Wednesday Night League, donating many balls to the pond on the 5th hole. From the 4:00 Club to the garage at home were some of the greatest times. Harry with his entourage solved the world’s problems, and made lasting memories. Harry is survived by his mother Helena (Marconi) Jennings, his wife of nearly fifty years, Christine (Baumann) Jennings, his son Walter Jennings and wife Amy, Son-in-law, James Mead, daughter, Jana Prochazka his two brothers, Richard Jennings and wife Mary and Thomas Jennings and wife Julie, his two sisters, Rosalie Snyder and Sandra Kleiner and husband Stan, his four grandchildren, Bradley and Cynthia Mead and Jake and Jared and his dog Flash. In addition to his father Harry was predeceased by his daughter, Heather Mead and grandson Jacob.

In keeping with Harry’s wishes all services are private. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Mead Children’s 2007 Revocable Trust care of McCormick, Murtagh & Marcus, 390 Main Street, Suite 2, Great Barrington MA 01230. Donations in Harry’s memory may be made to either Great Barrington Fire Fighter’s Associations or Hospice Care in the Berkshires in care of the BIRCHES-ROY FUNERAL HOME 33 South St. Great Barrington MA 01230. Condolences may be made through


6 Responses to Obituary of Harry T. Jennings

  1. Harry was a good friend and neighbor to me when I newly arrived in GB in ’03 to help run the shows at the Mahaiwe..we laughed at a lot of different things, but we also shared a mutual understanding of what serving a community and a bigger understanding was all about…my heartfelt condolences to all who had the priveledge of sharing time with his tenacious, yet tender soul. He and I may never cross paths again, but I’d like everybody to know that it was a pleasure to share mine with him, in the short moments we had to walk it together…peacelei

  2. I’ve only had the pleasure of knowing Harry for the past 6 or 7 years, yet it was easy to see that he was one of the “Giants”. These are the people on whose shoulders we all stand in our respective careers and families. I found him a lot more complex and considerate person than his often gruff exterior would indicate. His dedication to firefighting and the people involved in it was uncompromising. All my love to Chris, Jim, Cynthia and Brad.

  3. We are very sorry to hear of Harry’s passing. We have many memories of good times during the old National Guard Days. You have our deepest sympathy.

  4. Hello Chris, so very sorry to hear about Harry passing on. Craig&I send our condolences to You and Your family. We haven’t seen you guys in year but, we sure have some memories of our snowmobiling days and all the great times at your home. RIP Harry. Craig& Gail

  5. Hi Chris and Family,
    So sorry to hear of Harry’s passing. I enjoyed working with him at WMECO, he was always so positive and had a smile. Then I came to work at Ray Murray and meet you his other half, just as great and fun to work with. All good memories that will remain forever.

  6. Hi Chris and Family,
    Sorry for your loss. A Sanctuary Candle will be light in Harry’s memory in the Sanctuary of Corpus Christ Church the week of May 23rd.

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