Harold A. “Buddy” Gurney, 85 of Auburn died Thursday May 18, 2017.
Harold was born and raised in Worcester, son of the late Harold C. and Agnes L. (Quinn) Gurney. He attended Worcester public schools graduating from Commerce High School. He enlisted into the United States Air Force and served from 1951 to 1955 working stateside as an aircraft mechanic during the Korean Conflict.
In 1958 Harold married the love of his life Patricia A. (Frost) Gurney whom he adored and remained dedicated to as husband and best friend for 55 years until her death in 2013. Harold worked as a finish inspector at Wyman Gordon for the majority of his career before retiring in 1993. He was a “jack of all trades” taught by his own father he lovingly passed on his talents to his children and grandchildren. The long hours he put in building furniture and remodeling homes was a labor of love which left his family with permanent reminders of him. Over the years, he enjoyed traveling with his wife, tending his yard and garden, caring for his grandchildren when they were young and tinkering with his cars. More recently he found pleasure in trips to Cape Cod, spending time with his family, doting on his canine companion “Taz” and making sure he did not miss breakfast with his McDonald’s Morning Group each day.
He leaves his children, Kenneth A. Gurney and his wife Cynthia of New Braintree, Kathleen A. Gurney of Auburn, Mary Beth Simmons and her husband Gary, Linda M. Dunn and her husband Chip all of Douglas; his loving grandchildren, Michael Nadreau and his wife Taylor of Waxhaw, NC, Jonathan and Jacob Nadreau of Douglas, Anthony, Mitchell and Joshua Dunn of Douglas and Tessa Gurney of New Braintree, as well as nieces, nephews and cousins. Besides his wife, he was predeceased by three sisters, Barbara Ryan, Marjorie Mattei and Mary Gurney.
Relatives and friends are invited to visit with Harold’s family on Thursday, May 25, 2017 from 5-8 pm in the BRITTON-WALLACE FUNERAL HOME, 91 Central Street, Auburn. His funeral will be on Friday, May 26, 2017 from the funeral home with a funeral Mass celebrated at 10 am in Saint Joseph’s Church, 189 Oxford St North, Auburn. Burial will follow in Saint John’s Cemetery, Worcester. Memorial donations may be made to: Baypath Humane Society, 500 Legacy Farms North, Hopkinton, Ma 01748 or online at Baypathhumane.org.