Harry Michael Weit, 61, of North Adams, passed away at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield on December 23, 2019, surrounded by loved ones. The first baby of the new year born at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, MA on January 1st, 1958, Harry’s introduction to the planet foreshadowed how he would grow to live and view the world - dynamic, lively, and most certainly on his own terms. Raised in Haydenville, he was a 1975 graduate of Hampshire Regional High School, where he was active in theater and mischief. A young man of varied interests, he entered the Connecticut School of Broadcasting after graduation, and later worked at National Felt in Easthampton, MA. After his employment at National Felt, he worked as a manager at Yield House for many years, helping to open many retail stores along the east coast. Later, he would entertain a brief career in car sales, followed by a long and rewarding career as a phlebotomist at Franklin and Baystate Medical Centers, which he interspersed with work as radio personality Harrison West on 97.3 WJDF, a radio station out of Orange, MA. He later joined the Anatomic Pathology lab at Baystate Medical Center as a diener before moving on to the Cardiac Catheterization Lab, where he worked as a technician. After moving from Easthampton to North Adams, he began work in the field of social services, before most recently re-entering the medical field as a Patient Safety Specialist at Berkshire Medical Center. With his remarkable sense of humor, compassion, and sharp intellect, Harry charmed, supported and entertained colleagues, clients and patients across the spectrum of his careers. A lifelong Boston Red Sox fan, he had the opportunity to attend Red Sox Fantasy Camp in 2006, which would remain an experience he cherished. An avid animal lover, he volunteered his time at the Westfield Regional Animal Shelter prior to moving to North Adams, where he delighted in working with dogs to prepare them for their forever homes. Personally, his love of animals was reflected in a menagerie of pets throughout his life, but his heart of hearts held a true fondness for felines. His intrepid disposition made him a lover of nature and travel - especially to beaches, where he excelled at a most enviable tan. He was a birdwatcher with expansive knowledge, who particularly enjoyed watching the crows gather at night to roost outside of his North Adams apartment. He was a fan of music, theater and movies, and even tried his hand at acting in the 2005 film Broken. He was predeceased by his parents, Karl and Gerta; his brothers, Hans and Fred; his aunt, Martha, and his niece, Heidi. He leaves behind his partner of six years, Nancy, and their two cats, Mietze and Joppa; his daughter, Nicole, her husband John, and her mother Linda; his niece, Heather, and innumerable extended family, friends and loved ones. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 11th, 2020 from 4:00-6:00pm at Mitchell Funeral Home in Easthampton. Memorial contributions may be made to the Westfield Regional Animal Shelter or a local charity of your choice.
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