Myrtle Beach, SC Harry Edward Lavin Jr, 90 passed away Thursday, December 9, 2010 at his home. He was the son of the late Harry Edward Lavin, Sr. and Samuel Kelley Lavin. In addition to his parents he was pre-deceased by his wife, Nancy Jane Lavin, two brothers; Mason Lavin and Kelly Lavin, and two grandchildren; Daniel Wenberg and Jill Hall. He was born September 1, 1920 in the Cedar Creek area of Horry County, South Carolina. Harry served his country heroically during World War II, as a Captain in the United States Army Air Corps, piloting 97 missions. On December 2, 1944 near the France – German border, he was shot down by German forces. His P-47 Thunderbolt fighter plane burst into flames and Harry was able to parachute out of the plane, but was captured by the Germans and held prisoner for eight months. For valorous service during combat he received numerous awards, including a Silver Star and Purple Heart. Harry first broke into the car business in the late 1960’s in the Chicago, Illinois area. In 1976 he opened his first automobile dealership representing Ford Motor Company in Kaukauna, Wisconsin. In 1978 after deciding to retire, he moved his family to Myrtle Beach, SC. Retirement lasted only a short time before Harry and his son Howie together went back into the automobile business. In 1987, Harry along with his sons, Howie and John started their own dealership Lavin Cars. Harry’s wife Nancy rounded out the day-to-day team. Presently, the “Lavin Family” numbers thirty and is still growing. Harry’s passion in life included his family, Nancy, his wife of fifty-two years, his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved the game of golf, with a cigar in mouth and putter in hand he was at peace. Now “Pop” has forever peace reunited with Nancy and all his loved ones. We know you’re smiling and telling all of us to smile with you. Surviving include, three sons; Harry E. “Howie” Lavin, III and wife Betty, John C. Lavin and wife Millie all of Myrtle Beach, Rick Lavin and wife Donna, of Downers Grove Illinois; three daughters; Nancy M. Kramer and husband Andre of Hollywood FL, Sue Hall and husband, George of Cedarburg, Wisconsin, Kathleen Grimwade of Evanston, Illinois; eighteen grandchildren; Scott, Ryan, Brandon, Grant, JJ, Lauren, Zachary, Caroline, Jennifer, Amy, Katie, Ricky, Chelsea, Haley, Hanna, Joey, Kristy, Julie, six great-grandchildren; Max, Brynn, Austin, Brady, Bradley and Hayden, two sisters, Caroline Hightower, of Illinois, Pauline Vollmer of Maryland , a sister-in-law; Margaret Lavin of Illinois and his beloved dog, Suzie. A special thanks to his caregiver, Lillian Brand. A Memorial Service will be held at 2:00PM, Sunday, December 19, 2010, at the First Presbyterian Church with Dr. Robert C. Wilkes, Jr. officiating. The family will receive friends at McMillan-Small Funeral Home on Saturday, December 18, 2010 from 4:00pm – 6:00pm. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Humane Society Of North Myrtle Beach, PO Box 3369, N. Myrtle Beach, SC 29582 An online guest register is available at www.msfh.net McMillan-Small Funeral Home is serving the family.
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Created On: 01/15/2011 09:05:12
I am so sorry to hear the passing of a very good neighbor of mine. While I was jogging, I would occasionally see him sitting on the porch with his pet dog, "Lady" enjoying the morning. I would go over and speak to him and share a good conversation. Always cheerful and delightful. He will be missed my me and many others.
|Dino And Susan Thompson
Created On: 01/05/2011 12:25:07
Memories of Harry and Nancy Lavin are all filled with smiles and great smoke-filled stories. They both always made you feel better about yourself and life. Good salt of the earth folks from the "Greatest Generation". We were honored and blessed to know them as neighbors & friends. Our warm thoughts go out to all the family. Lives like these can be celebrated.