Harry Goffin Pottinger, Jr. was the youngest of six children. He was born on March 11, 1945, in Kingston, Jamaica, W.I. to Lurlene Sultana Husband and Harry Goffin Pottinger, Sr. Harry adored his family and often shared fond memories of growing up in Jamaica. He attended Excelsior High School and later became a skilled and accomplished cartographer at Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI).
As a young man he met and married the love of his life, the beautiful and loving Opal Jean Swaby Pottinger. They had three daughters Raquel, Soroya and Tamiko who were their ultimate pride and joy. All of their energy and efforts went into raising their three girls to reach their full God-given potential and they did so successfully. Harry was the original “Girl Dad,” a role he touted proudly.
With their small children, Harry and Opal emigrated to New York in 1980. Harry joined Raymond Keys Associates (now TRC Companies) as an engineering draftsman. He was a loyal and well-respected colleague there for more than 30 years prior to retiring in 2016.
Always one to set and accomplish new goals, he earned certifications as a security guard, became a U.S. citizen and acquired a New York commercial driver’s license after he retired from Raymond Keys/TRC. He always set the bar high and was admired as a role model throughout his life.
Harry passed his talents for drawing and storytelling down to his children and six grandchildren, Anthony, Serena, Samara, Jay, Lexi and Dominic. He was an excellent cook who enjoyed watching boxing matches, the news, and documentaries. He loved reading, dancing, playing the piano and guitar, and listening to reggae music.
Harry was called home by the Lord on June 20, 2021, fittingly on Father’s Day. His daughters view it’s significance as another gift of love from their father who remained their loving hero until the end. Harry enjoyed a fun and fruitful life, always prioritizing his family, choosing to live without regrets, and putting God first. His calm, confident spirit, sound advice, and easy smile were gifts to all who knew him.
He is survived by his three daughters, sons-in-law Shawn Campbell and Jean-Rene Zetrenne, grandchildren, sisters Gloria Fidee and Marjorie Channer, and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and a host of beloved extended family and friends.
Until we meet again, we love you eternally Dad and Papi. As he would always say, “Walk Good, My Friend. The H-Man."
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