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Jeremiah Leroy (Jerry) Harman

Obituaries

Srahnancloy, Louisburgh, Co Mayo and London, UK

Jerry was born on April 13, 1930, the elder of two sons of the late Charles and Sally Harman.
Jerry died peacefully at the age of 90 years old. Although his education and working life were mainly in the UK, Jerry spent all his holidays growing up at Tully, Louisburgh, apart from the years of WW2. From 1939 to 1940 he lived entirely in Tully with his mother and brother and for some of that time attended school in Louisburgh. For the remainder of the war years the family were reunited in England, but after 1945, Tully became his home outside of school and work commitments. In around 1970 he made his own home at Srahnacloy, Louisburgh which he visited with his family as often as he was able. He was laid to rest beside his parents in the St Catherine’s Church of Ireland Cemetery, Louisburgh on Friday, April 9, 2021.
Jerry loved fishing above all and spent many long hours on Bunowen and Carrownisky, but he took great pleasure in all wildlife and wild places, especially watching birds.  He relished the peace and tranquillity of the far west of Mayo and in many ways thought of it as home.  His time there through his childhood had a great influence on him throughout his life and it was only as his health failed that his visits had to become fewer.
After leaving school and completing National Service in the British Army, Jerry followed his father and grandfather into the legal profession and practised as a barrister in London for many years in the field of business disputes and property law. In 1982 he was appointed a High Court Judge, and continued in that post until 1998 when he retired.
In retirement he travelled a good deal and helped with the administration of a charitable trust fund in Singapore, as well as making regular visits to his son Toby in Sydney, Australia.
Jerry is survived by his brother Nick (Tully, Louisburgh) and his children Edward, Sam and Becky.  Jerry was married from 1960 to 1986 to Erica (née Bridgeman) with whom he had three children, Sarah, Charles and Toby.  He is also survived by them and their families, including his five grandchildren.  In 1987 he married Kate (née Sachs, later Pulay), who died in 2002. May Jerry’s soul rest in peace.