Harold "Harry" L. Reynolds, age 85, passed away at home surrounded by family on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 from complications of Melanoma.
Harry was born on November 17, 1935 in Bolivar NY to the late Lester & Hazel Reynolds. Harry served our country by joining the Air Force after graduation. Harry was married to the love of his life, Carol Genet for 65 years until her death in October 2020. He worked for the FAA for 46 years at the Remote Air Surveillance facility in Springwater until his retirement in 2000. Harry & Carol began raising their family in Webster's Crossing until they moved to Wayland where they would spend the rest of their lives.
Harry was a great entertainer and performed in Livingston & Steuben County and beyond for over 50 years; he played many times to benefit local charities and non-profit organizations. He was part of a duo group called, "The Mavericks" for over 9 years and then later with his son, Ken. For 30 years, Harry was a "One Man Band" at countless weddings, parties, & bars; he could always enliven any gathering he was at. With "The Mavericks," he wrote and recorded 'Walk Away Slowly.' He loved playing and entertaining and one of his favorite things was to put in a tape of himself then slip into the crowd to the surprised look on the face of the person he'd asked to dance who thought he was still on stage. His music, voice and lively sense of humor made many a crowd have a fun and memorable time. He always had a big smile or a hug for anyone he ran across.
Harry had a great interest in local history and developed and presented historical programs on the Genesee Valley Canal and Erie Canals and the FAA Radar System. In collaboration with his wife Carol, they developed "Fifty Years Of Musical Memories" based on his experiences; they also compiled a "History of Musicians in Livingston and Steuben Counties" going back as far as they were able to find information with help from contributions from the public in an effort to recognize talented people who may not be covered by other historical research- they are available at The Wayland Public Library to the public. Harry was a founder and past president of the Wayland Historical Society and a member of the Steuben County Historical Society. He was a member of the Wayland BOE. He loved attending and photographing many of his grandchildren's sporting events often giving photo collages to other athlete's families.
Harry loved and was so proud of his beautiful family, they were the center of his life and he'll live on in all of their hearts and memories. To him they are his greatest legacy.
Harry is survived by his loving children: Patricia (Gregory) Kysor, Stephen (Mary Beth Saxton) Reynolds, Kenneth (Beth Saxton) Reynolds & Christina (Gary) Saxton; his dear grandchildren: Benjamin (Kristina) Kysor & Nathaniel "Tater" (Erin) Kysor, Daniel, Timothy & Alex Reynolds, Annalise & Curtis (Bubby) Reynolds, and Christopher, Joshua, Matthew & Kiersten Saxton; two great grandchildren, Payton & Owen Kysor; and many, many friends.
In addition to his parents, Harry is predeceased by his love and life partner in everything, Carol Genet Reynolds; his beloved and sorely missed son, Harold "Boup" Reynolds Jr. & his life partner, Darcy Carney; and his siblings: Betty, Richard & Sandy.
Harry's big smile, his music, his kindness, and his wonderful hugs will be missed by many. He added happy moments to so many lives because of all joy he gave just by being alive. He would love knowing that those who knew him smile when they think of and remember him and his smile……
Friends may call 2-4 & 6-8 on Friday, January 22, 2021 at the Walter E. Baird & Sons Funeral Home, 300 W. Naples Street, Wayland NY 14572. Funeral services will be held privately, burial will be next to Carol in Village Cemetery, Wayland. Please be advised that facial coverings, social distancing and no-contact policies will be in effect while at the funeral home. Please enter through the main front door and exit through the back door to the parking lot, there will be signs and staff available for questions.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a memorial contribution to the Vincent House (310 Second Ave., Wayland NY 14572) or CareFirst Hospice (3805 Meads Creek Rd, Painted Post, NY 14870).