Posted by Hartford Courant on November 26, 2021.
Harold “Hank” M. Cleary, Jr., 73, of West Hartford, CT, passed away on November 15, 2021 after a valiant battle with cerebral amyloid angiopathy (CAA). A bright light went out with his passing. Hank was born December 11, 1947 in White Plains, New York, to the late Mary (Tolan) and Harold Cleary. He is survived by his beloved wife Prudence LeGeyt-Cleary; daughter Michele Cleary; several cousins; and a lot of friends. Hank was very proud and grateful for his fully Catholic education. During his lifetime, he fondly remembered the “good and kind sisters” who were his teachers in his youth. He served in the 42nd (Rainbow) Infantry Division of the US Army National Guard for six years in the early 1970s, entirely in New York City. His commercial career, largely in CT, has focused on the sale and development of broadcast advertisements for radio and television stations. A dedicated Rotarian for over forty years, most recently in West Hartford, CT, and previously in Bristol, Hank was a past president of his club and a Paul Harris member. Above all, Hank would be happiest to remember a devoted “friend of Bill W” who, during his years in the program, tried to “help a lot of people.” Hank loved dogs. Someone who knew him very well once said that if reincarnation was a reality, they would love to be Hank Cleary’s dog again. A special note of thanks to the providers and caretakers of the Intensive Care Unit and 6th Floor at John Dempsey Hospital and Seasons Hospice and Palliative Care who so kindly took care of Hank and his family during his last days. A visitation is scheduled for Monday, November 29, 2021 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Sheehan-Hilborn-Breen Funeral Home, 1084 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06110. A Christian funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at 10 a.m. in St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church, 285 Church Street, Hartford, CT 06103. If you are unable to attend Mass in person, please visit SPSACT.org and click on the live stream. A private funeral on the family grounds in White Plains, NY will follow on December 1, 2021. In lieu of flowers, Hank would truly appreciate a donation to an animal shelter of your choice; a donation to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, 8737 Colesville Road, Silver Springs, MD 20910, lcwr.org; or Hands on Hartford, 55 Bartholomew Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106, handsonhartford.org. Online condolences can be presented at www.SheehanHilbornBreen.com.