Harry Thomas Search

Harry Thomas Search
1 Jun 1946 – 1 Sep 2017

Harry Search was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA, on 1 Jun 1946 to Harry and Margaret Search. He graduated from York Suburban High School, York, PA, in 1964, attended York Junior College, and graduated from Bucknell University in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He served on active duty in the U.S. Navy from July 1968 until June 1979 as an Engineering Duty Officer, serving on the USS Guam, at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard, and on the USS John F. Kennedy. He received a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in 1976. In July 1979, he transferred to the U.S. Naval Reserve and retired as a Commander in September 1994. He has been employed as a Civil Servant at Naval Sea Systems Command, Washington Navy Yard, since 1981. He and his family have been members of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Falls Church, VA, since 1979.

Harry is survived by his wife of 41 years, Beth Search, son Mark Search (Kristin), daughter Katharine Kurtz (Daniel), grandchildren Kate Search, Daniel Search & Jack Kurtz, and brother John Search.

Funeral Services will be held at Holy Trinity Lutheran, Falls Church, VA, on Saturday, 9 Sep 2017 at 1PM. Internment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran or the Navy Relief Society.


9 Responses to Harry Thomas Search

  1. Karen Pollard says:

    Sending love and prayers.

  2. Bob Irelan CAPT USN (Ret) says:

    Harry, you will always be the “Top Gator”. The incredible service that you provided to the Amphibious Fleet will never be matched. Truly one of the absolute good guys has moved on.

  3. Chris Cundiff says:

    The Search Family, I was Harry’s co-worker for over 8 years. The dedication and service to the Navy and especially the big deck amphibs is surely unmatched as Mr. Irelan stated. He may have told you some of his stories about his work (may have taken a while though), but you may have never known what amazing ideas and insight he brought to the table to make the ships even better. He was a great co-worker and will be surely missed by many people. I always liked his last line in his email signature — GATOR NAVY – The TEETH of the FLEET. He was a legend in my book!

  4. Marvin Anthony says:

    Harry,
    It has been a pleasure and rewarding to work with you over 30 years on so many US Navy Amphibious Ships. You did so much good work for the US Navy family and your country which is truly a lasting tribute to you and your family. Fair winds and following seas to you in God’s Navy and God’s oceans.

  5. Ansis Kalnajs says:

    Had the great pleasure of working with Harry for a few years. He was a fantastic character and he was truly dedicated to his work and the NAVY. I’m left with some good memories from the many meetings we endured together. He was a “Top Gator” and a “Legend”.

  6. Tom Schergen says:

    With sympathy to the Search family. I worked with Harry at various times over the past 10 years. He had a caring, compassionate heart for co-workers and was open in expressing it when one was sick, hurting, having surgery or had passed. I will miss Harry and know that you do too. You are all in my prayers.

  7. Andy Hiltz says:

    I started working with Harry in 2005 as a support contractor. He was one of the most down to earth people I ever met, and regardless of what he was doing, would always take the time to say hello and make you feel like a friend. When Harry started to get too serious about an issue, I knew I could always snap him out of it with a quick joke or smile. Harry’s greatest passion was looking out for his fellow shipmates in the Navy, and his devotion to that goal was inspirational.

  8. Bats says:

    Harry Search, you will be missed. You took great care of me, and how could I ever repay you for that? You were an archive of wisdom, and the greatest of mentors. I am proud to have been associated with you and your work. “GATOR Navy – TEETH of the Fleet!” Fair Winds and Following Seas, Sir. Thanks for the lessons, the mentorship, but most of all the friendship.

  9. Robert (Bob) Wasalaski says:

    Harry and I go back many years. Our paths first crossed in Subic Bay at SRF in 1972. We were in the same unit in 1978. We did a design for converting two World War II workshop barges, YRs, to a Intermediate Maintenance Facility that was in service for many years at Floyd Bennett Field in NY before the Brooklyn SIMA was commissioned. This included on very cold weekend doing a shipcheck of the barges to markup ripout and clarify mod additions. We were often in the same units of engineering duty officers as the years went by. He was a great shipmate.

    We started at NAVSEA about the same time. We talked and planned our careers together. We often met for coffee or breakfast or lunch when in Crystal City and than at the Navy Yard. We often worked together on the same ships ad amphibious ships in particular. We were together in Norfolk readying ships for Lebanon and again for Granada. He was a great engineer for the Navy.

    After I moved to Yorktown, we would see each other when one of us would travel to the others town for work or for a conference. Our wives know each other for dinners together. Even after I retired and did travel to DC much, we got together when I came up there or occasionally talked on the phone. We talked of the Navy, the ships and friend. We also talked of family and vacations. We were more than friends, we were shipmates. I will endeavor to remember you.

    “When life’s last sun goes feebly down
    And death comes to our door,
    When all the world’s a dream to us,
    We’ll go to see no more.”

    “Sunset and evening star,
    And one clear call for me!
    I hope to see my Pilot face to face
    When I have crossed the bar.”

    I can not make the service from NC, but I send my best my regards to Mrs. Beth Search and family. Perhaps I can make the later internment, if you let me know the date.
    Bob W.

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