Richard Harnack

Richard Bell Harnack

Tuesday, June 18th, 1935 - Thursday, August 27th, 2020
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Richard Bell Harnack, age 85, of Mount Laurel, NJ passed away while surrounded by loving family on Thursday, August 27, 2020.

Richard was born in East Brady, PA before moving to Mount Laurel 59 years ago. He served his country honorably with the US Navy. Richard was extremely proud of his two sons and grandson who have maintained the US Navy tradition in the family.

Richard attended college utilizing the GI bill where he received a Bachelor’s degree from California State College and a Master’s degree in Education from Rutgers University. He was a passionate teacher of the industrial arts for 29 years with a career that culminated with the New Jersey Department of Education. He retired in 1990 to pursue his two passions of sailing and woodworking. His summers were spent sailing Barnegat Bay with his family on his prized possession, a 1978 Tartan 34 classic sailboat with his family. When he was not sailing you would find him in his woodshop. Through his business, Chairman of the Boards, he created and sold his wood creations at the Rancocas Woods craft shows.

He will be deeply missed by those whose life he touched.

Richard is survived by his beloved spouse, Margaret Harnack (nee Stuempfle); children, Lauren, Todd, Kurt; grandchildren, Samantha, Eric, Kyle, Richard, Virginia and is pre deceased by grandson Thomas Joseph (TJ).

At the request of the family, funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions in Richard’s name may be made to Samaritan Health Care & Hospice, 5 Eves Drive, Suite 300, Marlton, NJ 08053 or to his grandson’s foundation at Thomas Joseph Franzese Foundation, 28 Cedar Drive, Allendale, NJ 07401.
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Fred Allen

Posted at 08:35am
Mr. Harnack was my teacher of mechanical drawing, 8th grade to Junior H.S., and architecture, Senior year H.S. A true friend, mentor, he assisted my entry into college where I selected automotive as my major within education. His influence guided me through a 43 year career in teaching HS a d college, work at GM Corp., owning an automotive mobile repair business and eventually forensic investigation repair business to present day. I will miss Cap’n Dickie as Peg used to call him and his puns, sense of humor.
Truly a good friend!
Fred Allen
Union, Maine

Fred and Karen Knight

Posted at 03:05pm
Todd, in memory of your father. His spirit will live on in this newly planted tree
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Sue Utterback

Posted at 02:24pm
The Damm family sends their love to their cousins and Aunt Peggy. Uncle Dick was an amazing, loving man. Remember all the pit stops we used to make at your house when we ran up to New Jersey? All seven of us would get to your house, jump out of the car, eat, run around like Indians then get back in the car and head to Paterson. I remember boating trips, playing in the pool, and so many memories of Uncle Dick laughing. We are thinking of you all. Missing those wonderful days.

Love, All the Damms

Bob Ieradi

Posted at 05:53pm
Bob Ieradi
It is with a heavy heart that I hear of Mr. Harnack's passing. What a wonderful neighbor to have, as we grew up across the street in Rancocas Woods. Mr. Harnack was the kindest man, even when I broke his window with a baseball. I have wonderful memories of many summers spent swimming in the pool with Todd, Kurt, and Lauren. On rainy days, the Harnack's let us all hang out on their porch to play board games. Mr. Harnack was a craftsman when it came to working with leather and wood. His workshop was well organized, and his attention to detail was evident in his finished work. My family was truly blessed to have him in our lives for many years. My thoughts and prayers to all of you.

Bonnie Sides

Posted at 01:04pm
I am so sorry to hear about Mr. Harnack's passing. I grew up in Rancocas Woods and we were neighbors to him and his family. He made our childhood memories some of the best!!! He would always talk with us, and show us his "quarter in the ear" magic trick. My heart is so sad to hear of his passing. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Fred & Karen Knight Posted at 02:36pm

Todd, Karen and I send our sincerest condolences to you and your family on the passing of your father. We pray for peace in your heart this day.

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