Harold was born in Alexandria Virginia, adopted at a young age and was raised in Poughkeepsie, New York. He graduated from Poughkeepsie High School and entered the United States Navy where he served our country for 20 years. He was active duty through many wars, including Vietnam.
Harold, better known as “Skip” was a talented musician and played many instruments in the military band. His favorites were clarinet and saxophone. He played all over the world and at presidential inaugurations and other highly distinguished events. He was known by his fellow soldiers and shipmates as kind and loving.
Harold met the love of his life, his wife, Sylvia Klingaman, in Hawaii, at his last duty station before retiring from the Navy. It would be several years before they wed in New Orleans, LA. Both in their mid-50s, Harold finally had a family of his own.
He spent the next, and last, 25 years of his life, spoiling his bride, and being the best husband and father anyone could ever have. He adored his grandchildren and was blessed with great grandchildren as well.
Harold and Sylvia moved to Dahlonega Georgia in 1998 where he made his home. His passion was his faith in his Lord Jesus Christ. He was also an avid gardener and you could always find him working in his yard. Above all else, he was never more happy than when surrounded by family.
He is survived by: His Wife; Sylvia Gordon Klingaman. Daughter; Adria McCormack. Sons; Jeffery Kemp (Pamela) and Bryan Kemp (Wanda). Grandsons; Sean McCormack Jr., Timothy McCormack, and Joseph McCormack. Granddaughters; Shannon McCormack (Marcus) and Tiffany Kirkland (John). Grandchildren; Daniel Kemp, Bethany Schommer, Tempest and Matt Soltesz, Kells and Clain Manthei. Great-grandchildren Calham Soltesz, Kadience McCormack, Maximus and Ivy Mires. He is also survived by his brother / son-in-law; Kelly McCormack and Sean McCormack, Sr.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 2nd, 2020 from 1:00-3:00 at Dahlonega Funeral Home, the service will follow.
Final internment will take place at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton Georgia, at a later time to be determined by the family.
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