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HAROLD P. "SHARKEY" KINSELLA, 94, of Sidney, passed away at 3:03 P.M. Thursday, May 23, 2019 surrounded by his family in the Hospice of Miami County Unit at Upper Valley Medical Center. He was born on August 10, 1924 in Piqua, Ohio, the son of the late Edward and Lunita (Kenton) Kinsella.
His wife of 55 years, Eleanor J. (Thaman) Kinsella preceded him in death on January 1, 1999. He was also preceded in death by four brothers, Robert, John, William and Michael. He is survived by five children, Patrick (Susan) Kinsella, Julia (Charles) Clune, Kathleen (Richard) Blank, Kevin Kinsella and Mary (Jeff) Lightfield. Also surviving are eight grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.
Harold, also known as "Sharky," was a graduate of Sidney Holy Angels High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during WWII in the South Pacific. Following his military service, he attended the University of Dayton. He had a 33 year career with Trans World Airlines at the Dayton National Airport.
Sharky enjoyed all sports in youth, especially basketball and boxing. Throughout the years he enjoyed following Notre Dame Football, Dayton Flyers basketball and the Cincinnati Reds.
Sharky was a member of Holy Angels Catholic Church, where a Memorial Mass will be held on Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 10:30 A.M., with Father Frank Amberger officiating. Burial with military honors provided by the Sidney American Legion Post 217 will follow at Graceland Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Thursday morning from 9:00 to 10:15 A.M. at Cromes-Edwards Funeral Home, 302 S. Main Ave. In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully requests that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Miami County or Lehman High School Foundation in Sharky's memory. Condolences may be expressed to the Kinsella family at the funeral home's website, www.cromesfh.com