Mr. Harry Firth

On Friday, November 4, 2022, Harry Firth, 89, went home to be with our Lord. Born on January 1, 1933, he was raised in Gloucester, VA by his parents John Wallace and Rosanna Berry Firth. He graduated from Botetourt High School.

Harry served in the United States Navy and later went to work for Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Co, where he started as a sheet metal worker and was later promoted to supervisor. After 41 years with the NNSB, he retired in 1993. He was a volunteer with Riverside Regional Medical Center for 24 years where he enjoyed his work and the socialization with many wonderful people he met. Up until his death, he was still driving the golf cart taking visitors to their destinations. Harry enjoyed golf and was a member of the Peninsula Retired Men’s Club. He was an avid craftsman and woodworking was his favorite pastime. He enjoyed reading and gardening, and he especially enjoyed sharing his vegetables with his neighbors and family members.

Harry was preceded in death by his parents John Wallace and Rosanna Berry Firth, his loving wife of 51 years, Dorothy M. Firth, and two grandsons Steven Lee and Donald Rogers Fendrick. He is survived by his daughters Vonda Firth Dubey (Paul) and Valerie Firth Fendrick (Mark) and the joys of his life, granddaughters Rachel Savannah and Alexis Taylor Fendrick.

In lieu of flowers, we ask you to consider a donation to Williamsburg Hospice House (, Children’s Hospital of Kings Daughter (, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital ( or a charity of your choice.

Many thanks to the nurses at Riverside Hospital and Desiree Walker N.P for all their loving care.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, November 15 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home.  A funeral service will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, November 16 at 2:00 p.m.  Burial will follow at Peninsula Memorial Park.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd, Newport News, VA 23601.


  1. Tom Keithley

    Harry was a wonderful, kind, and caring man. He loved talking about his wife and family. He will be missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him. Deepest condolences to his family.

  2. Ted Narozny

    Harry was such a nice and caring gentleman. Enjoyed our time together in the Outer Banks. Always enjoyed our conversations. Heartfelt condolences to his wonderful family.

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