Michael Harmon’s life revolved around trains, quite literally. The Holbrook resident spent 33 years at the ticket booth of the Long Island Railroad and survived a 1947 train crash on the Pennsylvania Railroad.
According to a Newsday obituary, Harmon was on his way to surprise his wife with an appearance in her home state of Pennsylvania, where she was visiting her parents.
He passed away at Stony Brook University Hospital at the age of 91 due to age-related medical issues.
The eldest of five children born to Irish-immigrant parents, Harmon graduated in 1938, where he achieved the honor roll each term, ran track and was on the basketball squad.
He began working for the LIRR shortly after graduation, retiring in 1975.
He married his wife of 59 years, Lois, also 91, in 1943. He is survived by his wife and their five children: Claude, 67, of Patchogue; James, 63, of Saudi Arabia; Barry, 57, of Patchogue; Michele, 53, of Albany; and Timothy, 51, of San Diego as well as six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. The couple also had two other children, Michael and Richard, who died in 1947 and 2005, respectively.
Harmon's funeral was held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Ronkonkoma on June 14. The burial took place at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Coram.