It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved father, Harrington John Oberlander Jr., aka Sam and Harry. He died peacefully on June 22 at the age of 89.
He was born on October 31, 1931 in Bridgeport and died 47 years and 3 days after the death of his late wife, Elizabeth Ann Ruddy, also known as Sis.
Harry was born to Harrington John Oberlander Sr., aka Harry, and Marjorie Josephine Ayers O. Bondi, (Frank).
Harry lived much of his early life with his great-grandfather, John H. Oberlander, aka Jack, and his step-great-grandmother, Nellie Francis Mather Oberlander at 3 Oberlander Place, Darien.
Harry attended Peekskill Military Academy in the early 1940s and graduated from Darien High School in 1950. At Darien High, he was on the varsity football team and a member of the Glee Club.
After high school, Harry joined the Air Force during the Korean conflict and took a radio operator course at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Mississippi. He was awarded the Korean, United Nations and National Defense Service medals along with the Good Conduct Medal.
Harry married his high school high school sweetheart, Sis, on April 3, 1954, shortly after he was discharged from the Air Force. He entered the trade as a plumber, went to night school and received his plumbing diploma. In the mid-1990s, he retired as a master plumber, having spent 40 years in the trade.
Harry has lived in Kingsway Senior Housing, next door to Stew Leonard’s Norwalk, for the past 25 years. While at Kingsway, he was active in the Kingsway Store and Cafe, also active in the residents’ association, helping where he could.
In 2014, Harry converted to Catholicism at St. Philip’s Roman Catholic Church in Norwalk and was active in the church until he was hospitalized for bone cancer in early 2020.
His old friend, Mrs. Olga Papoutsidou, was instrumental in Harry’s conversion. Harry spent his senior year at the Carolton Chronic and Convalescent Hospital in Fairfield.
Harry was predeceased by his grandfather, Harry William Oberlander, aka Socks, (father: John H. Oberlander, aka Jack, mother: Ella Hubbell) and grandmother, Anna May Keeler (father: Warren Keeler; mother: Anna C. Borhm); his sister, Claire O. Kavan, (William) of Burbank, California.
He is survived by three siblings of his stepmother, Ann Michals Oberlander: William Edward Oberlander, (Joyce Condors) of Sun City, Arizona; Susan Jane O. Peterson, (Edward) of Athens, Tennessee and John Oberlander, (Debra) of Bethel. He was the father of the late Kimberly Ann Oberlander, Cynthia Ann O. Almeida, (Baltazar) and Bryan Kevin Oberlander.
He is survived by two sons, Harrington John Oberlander III, also known as Skip; and Jeffrey Scott Oberlander, and Jeffrey’s daughter, Roxanne O. Ferguson, (Christopher). He also leaves behind the children of his late daughter Cynthia, Eric Almeida and Courtney Almeida, and Courtney’s son, Justin Almeida.
His son, Skip, is survived by his granddaughter, Natasha Ann Oberlander, (mother: Christine O. Roach), and her son, Jake Harrington Cross. He also leaves behind grandchildren, Phillip Oberlander and Jennifer Elizabeth Oberlander, (Mother-Georgine F. Harmonway Oberlander, aka Gigi).
He leaves three grandsons from his son Jeffrey; Brian Joseph Oberlander, Kurt Harrington-John Oberlander and Christian McDonald-Charles Oberlander (mother: Maria Guinle Corkern Oberlander).
His body was cremated and will be interred with his father, Harrington John Oberlander Sr., at Spring Grove Cemetery in Darien at 12:00 noon, Friday, September 17, 2021.
In lieu of flowers, donate to a veterans’ organization.
— an obituary from the Raymond Funeral Home, where online condolences can be left