Harold Lewis Wheatley, age 85, of Hamden, passed away on October 23, 2010 at the West Haven VAMC. Harold is the husband of Leila Gertrude Streeter Wheatley; father of Joanne W. Johnson (Geoffrey), Michael D. Wheatley, Richard P. Wheatley & his wife Kathi all of Hamden and Daniel P. Wheatley of Surrey, ME; brother of the late Robert E. Wheatley, Henry X. Wheatley, Russell Wheatley & Loretta E. Esposito. Harold is also survived by 10 grandchildren & 10 great grandchildren. Harold was born on January 26, 1925 in Somerville, MA, a son of the late Henry Dwight Wheatley & Ruth Elizabeth Costello Wheatley. He retired after 35 years from the Whitney Blake Manufacturing Co. where he operated a Continuous Vulcanizing Machine, he served in the 5th Div. of the US Army in the European Theater of Operations during WWII, where he received 2 Purple Hearts. He was a member of the Legion of Mary in St. Francis Church, the Knights of Columbus, St. Rita's Church Men's Club and the Disabled American Veterans. Harold was a Eucharistic Minister at St. Rita Church and at the Dunbar & Davenport Residences in Hamden and was a recipient of the St. Joseph Medal from the Archdioscese of Hartford. His funeral will leave from BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010 at 9:30 AM, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM in the Church of St. Rita. Friends also may visit with his family at the funeral home on Wednesday from 3:00 to 7:00 PM. Interment will take place in All Saint's Cemetery, North Haven. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to St. Rita Church, 1620 Whitney Ave, Hamden, CT 06517 or to the American Lung Assoc, 45 Ash St, East Hartford, CT 06108.

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  1. To the Wheatley Family. I am sending you all my love. Harold was the dearest person. He watched out for me for so many years and I treasure the memories I have of him. He was the closest person to God that I have ever known. I will derive great comfort from knowing he is now watching over me from his well deserved spot in heaven. May God bless you all as you grieve for this very special man. GG

  2. Dearest Leila and family, How sad I am to hear of Harold’s passing into eternal life. But I rejoice at the reunions that are taking place in heaven with him and my parents Beth and Earle Thomas. How my dad loved and admired Harold. And his faithful communion call to my mom every day for years i will always remember – it meant so much to her! The best Davenport neighbors in the world who always gave to others first. Know of my special prayers for you all. Wish I could be there. Love and prayers, Sr. Barbara Thomas

  3. Dear Leila and family – Please accept the deepest condolences not only from me but my family as well. All the years we have known Harold he was so kind and generous we each have a nice memory. Harold was such a special individual we were blessed to know him. His strength of faith was an inspiration and his love of family especially Leila was heart warming. He will be missed.

  4. Dear Lelia, Michael, Rick, Joanne and Dan: My sincere condolences on the loss of your husband and father. Our family ties go way back and he will be well remembered and loved as a good neighbor and friend. May he rest in peace and may you know the consoling presence of the Lord in these difficult days. Sincerely George Schmitz

  5. Dear Uncle Harold, I just want to thank you for being a big part of my life. Everytime I saw you you or gave you a call on the phone you where always kind and caring. You always had a place in my heart. I remember when I called you and said that my father was very ill and near death you got off that amtrak train and i picked you up and you where there for us. You where the first one at the funeral home to see my dad. Oh how my mom and dad loved you and even my wife Laurie God rest her soul. Uncle Harold we will meet you again in Heaven I love you your nephew Tom.

  6. So sorry to hear about your Dad. I know how sick he has been and hope now he’s at peace. Your in my thoughts and prayers.

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