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Southington Mourning the Death of Popular Local Journalist

Henry “Harry” Kyle Jr. died at the Southington Care Center earlier this week at the age of 72. Services will be held Friday.

There were many things that Southington resident Henry “Harry” Joseph Kyle Jr. did in his lifetime, but perhaps none are more recognized than his love of the community and learning, a passion that led him to become a journalist.

Kyle died on Monday at the . He was 72-years-old. Kyle is survived by his wife of 37-years, Sara (Glennon) Kyle, his son Andrew C. Kyle and Andrew’s wife, Marybeth, his daughter, Kathryn (Kyle) Mable and her husband, David, and his three grandchildren, Payton, Morgan, and Kayden-Henry Mable.

His obituary can be viewed on Legacy.com by clicking the link provided.

Born in Waterbury in 1940, Kyle came to the Plantsville section of town early in life and remained a longtime Plantsville resident. Kyle graduated from UConn and served his country as a lieutenant in the U. S. Navy during the Dominican Republic Crisis.

He was communicant and a lector at and a participant in the “Passion Play” for 13 years. Kyle was an avid Yankee fan, a cigar connoisseur and enjoyed traveling.  Kyle also worked as a journalist for both the Southington Observer and Southington Citizen.

In a tribute article published in the Record-Journal on Thursday, Ralph Tomaselli said he was essential in helping start up the Southington Citizen:

“Because of his reputation as one of the town’s top journalists, Harry was key in our plan to start a local newspaper in Southington,” Tosaid Record-Journal Executive Editor Ralph Tomaselli. “I don’t think we could have done it without him and I don’t think we would have wanted to try.”

In lieu of flowers, donations in Harry Kyle’s memory may be made to the Franciscan Health Care Center, 267 Finch Ave. Meriden, CT 06451.

Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. from the , 975 S. Main St., Plantsville on Friday, June 22, with a 10 a.m. Funeral Mass at St. Thomas Church, 99 Bristol St., Southington.

Burial with full military honors will follow in South End Cemetery in Southington.

Arthur Cyr June 21, 2012 at 05:23 PM
I met Harry when we both "coached" our boys in T-Ball decades ago. Harry's dedication to accuracy in his articles was legendary. Harry's smile and humor were infectious and always appreciated. Thanks Harry!
Rosemary Champagne June 22, 2012 at 12:39 AM
I met Harry when I was doing the Southington relay for life. He helped me in many ways, He even got tickets for me for the movies. I enjoyed his story his laugh and his friendship. Grief cannot take away the good times you shared, he will be remember my many. With Sympathy Jim and Rosemary Champagne
E. Richard Fortunato June 23, 2012 at 01:02 AM
Deeply saddened. I met Harry in the late 1990s when he was at the Southington Observer and we remained colleagues when he went to the Southington Citizen. I had urged Harry to advance to an editor's position which he reluctantly did as an associate editor because finding the story and writing it well were his prioity passion. Each of us came from the corporate world and we had a common interest in writing and especially telling stories about the good things that go on in our community. I wish I had stayed in closer touch with him as a friend after he retired, but life is always on such a fast track. It's later than we think. Goodbye, Harry. I'm sure you're in a good place. Dick Fortunato

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