Harold N. Phalor

July 24, 1934 ‒ April 03, 2017

Mansfield, Ohio

The real way to gain happiness is to give it to others – Lord Baden-Powell. Those inspirational words in the foundational works of Boy Scouting became a thesis for Harold Phalor’s life. Though life was not always kind to Harold, he was quick to sow the seed of kindness – hopeful optimism, an encouraging word, his loving smile – in hopes a harvest of happiness would result.

Harold passed into the Lord’s care Monday morning April 3, 2017 from his home in Wedgewood Estates. He was 82.

Born in Huntsburg, Ohio on July 24, 1934 to Harold E. and Hazel (Massie) Phalor, he was graduated from Perrysville High School in 1952 where he played basketball and football.

A Boy Scout from age 12, he continued work with the Boy Scouts of America as an adult in the role of Scout Master and working with the Johnny Appleseed Area Boy Scout Council. He received both the St. George Medal and the Silver Beaver Award from BSA for his service to youth.

Harold retired from Empire Detroit Steel in 1987 with 31 years of service, first as assistant purchasing agent and later as superintendant of stores.  He was a member of the Directions Credit Union (Empire Affiliates Credit Union) Board of Directors for 38 years.

An avid golfer, he volunteered for 27 years as a Marshall at the Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village.

Harold was an active member of St. Peter’s Parish, the Knights of Columbus and the Mansfield Liederkranz.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years,  M. Joan (Kober) Phalor;  Daughter, Cynthia (John) McCue; son, Michael (Sherrie) Phalor and daughter-in-law, Karen Phalor ; nine Grandchildren: Ann (Jeremy) Bise, Jennifer McCue, Lisa (Kevin) Ives, Kristen (Robert) Bills, Amanda (Daniel) VanHarlingen, Stephanie (Brian) Chattin, Katherine Phalor, Nicholas Phalor, Jacob Phalor; nine great grandchildren; and a brother-in-law Said Saleh.

He was preceded in death by his sons Norman E. Phalor, Matthew W. Phalor and Stephan M. Phalor; a grandson Bradley McCue; a sister Alice Saleh and a brother William Massie.

The Phalor family will receive friends Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where a vigil service will be held at 7 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Thursday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Peter’s Catholic Church with the Rev. Father Jeremy Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the B.R.A.D. Foundation, or the Monsignor Dunn Foundation, and may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the Phalor family, send them a message of sympathy and support – and watch Harold’s tribute video – online at: SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Our hearts and prayers go out to the Phalor family as they celebrate the life of Harold who had a profound influence on those who knew him. His legacy definitely lives on and he will be remembered fondly.

  • Dear Cindy, John, Jennifer and family. Our sincere condolences. Please know you will be in our thoughts and prayers. John and Roberta Ancona

  • Cindy
    Our hearts go out to you and John and Jennifer and all your family.
    Sincerely hoping that time and warm memories will ease the pain of your loss.
    Lois and Bob

  • Sorry for ur loss this man always brighten my day when i would see him and his wife . The short time I known him and took care of him he was always smiling and caring rip grandpa Harold 🏌🏀🙏

  • Dear Cindy, John, Jenny and family,
    We are so sad for your loss. Harold was a true gentleman. He will be remembered for all his kind deeds and generous spirit. Know that you are in our thoughts and hope that all the good memories carry you through this difficult time.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family on the loss of your dear father. I hope that the outpouring of love and support will be of comfort to you.

    Barbara and Larry

  • Dearest Joan and family, words can never adequately express sympathies, but may the words expressed by so many that love, you and Harold, be soothing and comforting to you now. I have had so many sweet memories of life spent as neighbors on Mansfield Ave. Having reconnected on FB has allowed me, Mom, Tom, Greg and the others to enjoy the memories of so long ago. We have treasured remembering fun times as our families grew together, played together, laughed and sometimes cried together. Harold was a wonderful, wonderful man; and we are deeply saddened by your loss. May the LORD of peace and comfort, Jesus Christ, be very near to you now and in the days to come. Love, Sue Bishop

  • My sweet Joan, Cindy, and all loved ones…my heart is heavy today…we all loved you, him, and family so much…it has been fun connecting with you, Joan , on face book…sorry I can’t be there, but you are all in my prayers
    Cousin Elizabeth Staker Riddlebarger..

  • Dear Michael and Sherrie
    I am so sorry for the loss of your dad…we all loved him so much
    Love Your Cousin, Elizabeth Massie Staker Riddlebarger.

  • So sorry for you loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you. May your memories always keep him close in your hearts. May the Lord grant you peace and comfort during this difficult time.

  • Our thoughts and prayers to you in this time of your loss. With our sympathy..
    Love, Rich and Vickie Little

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Being the youngest Bishop, I do not remember him well. What I do know is how nice you have been Joan to my Mother and family for all these years. May GODS peace be with you and your family.

  • Dear Cindy, John , Jenny and Family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. We didn’t know your father but you have have always spoken of him as a kind caring person. After reading his obituary , we know about him a little more. He sounds like a wonderful man and father. It’s nice to have such loving memories!
    Love, Larry and Judy Heugh

  • Joan and family..please accept our deepest condolences. May he rest in peace.

  • My deepest sympathy to the Phalor family and all who loved Harold. May cherished memories bring moments of comfort and may lasting peace surround your grieving hearts.

  • I always loved seeing his beautiful smile and hearing his kind words. I’m so sorry for the loss of such a great man. Praying for everyone, my heart goes out to his family and friends. May he Rest In Peace <3

  • Dear Joan and family: So very sorry to hear of Harold’s death. Sharing our school years together is a bond that never was broken. He was always so kind and caring. Will miss him very much. God bless you all. Norma and Gaylord


  • Rest in peace my friend! Few have lived a life better. At every Scouting function you pledged, “On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country”. And so you did! You will be missed!

  • Dear Joan ,& Family,

    I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Harold. I lost contact when I lost my job with Dr. Richardson but would see the two of you in
    Church at St. Peter’s. You are in my thoughts and prayers daily. Harold was a wonderful man and my heart goes out to his family. May he rest if peace.
    Norma (Haley) Hopkins Nurse

  • Joan, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Harold. You both were always so kind to me when I delivered your newpaper. He always had a smile on his face. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Cindy, John and Family,

    I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May your loving memories help carry you through this difficult time.


  • Don And I Shed Tears When We Heard Of Our Good Friends Death! We Had Many Fun Times Together, Cruising, Playing Cards,Meals At The Leiderkrantz, And Parties At Your Home.Harold Will Truly Be Missed.Wonderful Husband, Father And Friend Don And Mar Lou Sidle

  • Dear Joan and Family,
    We are so sad for your loss. Without a doubt, Harold was one of the finest, most kind men we have ever known. He touched a great many lives, and he will be greatly missed.
    Joyce & Bill Ingram

  • Mrs. Phalor,

    I’m deeply sorry for the loss of your beautiful, dear husband.

    He was a man that through scouting, and indeed the way he lived his entire life, never had to tell young men how to be – but instead he showed them how to be. He was an embodiment of the scout law and scout oath and his impact has been amplified and will live on in those of us that are carrying the scouting tradition forward with our sons/communities.

    May God bless you during this time, as he has blessed all of us by giving us Harold for this short time.

  • Our condolences to the Phalor family and the many friends and admirers of Harold.

    He was an awesome man who became as close to a family member of the Cobb’s as anyone ever has. Always upbeat…his optimism was inspirational.

    We will all miss him, but somehow he will always be with us.

    RIP Harold.

  • Joan. I am so sorry to hear about Harold. Heaven has truly gained an angle. He was one of the kindest men I have came across. Such a kind , caring individual. I really enjoyed my visits with you both. I loved hearing the stories of all your travels, especially Egypt. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this time.

  • I just finished watching this wonderful video. What an awesome smile and so many memories. Thoughts and prayers to all.
    Jan Roger and Family