June 16, 1966 ~ September 13, 2022

Born in: Milford, CT
Resided in: Meriden, CT

Jay L. Harkins, 56, of Meriden, loving and beloved son of William J. Harkins and Faith Tripp Harkins passed away unexpectedly on September 13, 2022. Brother of Karen H. (Dwayne) DiDiego of Waltham, MA and Heather Harkins and her husband Ted Bliman of Buffton, SC. Uncle of Acadia Bliman, Jordan Bliman and Samuel DiDiego. Nephew of Pat Harkins, Marie Etter, Michael Harkins and Ruth (Art) Black.
Jay was born in Milford June 16, 1966 and had resided in Meriden since 1972. He earned a B.S.degree in Engineering from the University of New Haven. He worked at Canberra, Honeywell and currently at Fastenal Holo-Krome in Wallingford.
Much of Jay’s adult life was in volunteer service; providing audio-visual and technical assistance to the New Life Church in Wallingford and First Congregational Church in Cheshire. He designed and supported computer management systems for Master’s Manna Food Pantry in Wallingford. Jay was always there with words or acts of kindness for anyone in need. He was a devoted family member and lifetime friend to his niece and nephews.
Friends are invited to visit with his family on Monday, September 19th from 11 a.m. to 12 noon, and may attend a prayer service at 12 noon in Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden, followed by interment at Walnut Grove Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are encouraged to the American Heart Association, www.heart.org.

Services

Visitation: September 19, 2022 11:00 - 12:00 pm

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Meriden
48 Cook Avenue
Meriden, CT 06451

203-235-4152

Prayer Service: September 19, 2022 12:00 pm

Beecher & Bennett Funeral Service - Meriden
48 Cook Avenue
Meriden, CT 06451

203-235-4152

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  1. Jay was always so special and will be so missed at Master’s Manna.
    His kind, quiet and dedicated service over these past 15+ years will never be forgotten.
    My prayers and blessings go to his surviving family … whose shock I cannot imagine.
    Sincerely, Ian from the Master’s Manna team.

    PS – I’m someone Jay would entertain on a Saturday afternoon …
    as he arrived to work on MM’s computer system ….
    modestly and so effectively ….
    and always with a soft sly smile and a funny story.

  2. To a good friend that I’ve known for a long time. He had a heart as big as Texas, he was always willing to help people and help others. I know a few of my friends and I will miss him especially when we gather to enjoy a time of fellowship. Enjoying some really good Burgers and wings at sliders. The good lord tells us in his word to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord 2 Corinthians 5:8. The good Lord has gained another soul to be with him and the Heavenly Realm, he is in a better place and he will be missed. Sincerely William.

  3. Jay was a very special friend. He was kind, loving, caring, funny, great listener and always the first to raise his hand to help others. He had a servants heart, never looking to be served, but always looking to serve others. Our times together at bible study, breaking bread with brothers and sharing our life’s stories always started and ended with prayer and giving Glory to God. I’ll miss him more than I can express in words, but I rejoice knowing that Jay heard the Lords voice, welcome home son.

  4. Jay was a very special friend. He was kind, loving, caring, funny, great listener and always the first to raise his hand to help others. He had a servants heart, never looking to be served, but always looking to serve others. Our times together at bible study, breaking bread with brothers and sharing our life’s stories always started and ended with prayer and giving Glory to God. I’ll miss him more than I can express in words, but I rejoice knowing that Jay heard the Lords voice, welcome home son,

  5. Jay was a selfless volunteer at Masters Manna. He kept our computer systems running smoothly and was always there to solve an issue or design a report to answer a question. He will be missed.

  6. Faith,
    My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I remember stories of Jay and his sisters. May your m memories help you through this sad time.

  7. To Faith and Family,
    Steve and I are so very sorry for your loss. I know that Jay was a big part of your life, and cannot imagine the pain of losing a child. Let us know if we can be of any small service to you and your family.

  8. Devoted. Generous. Gifted. Compassionate. Honest. God minded and eternally blessed. I know he heard, “Well done My good and faithful servant!”

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