Harold N. Katz passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on October 7, 2023. He was born in Newark N. J. on April 19, 1944, and died in Independence, LA at the age of 79. He is survived and beloved by his wife of 55 years Lynda Katz, brother Arnold Katz (wife Judy Katz), niece Brenda Katz Saiz (husband Matt Saiz) her children, Zach, Noah, and Cameron, nephew Jason Katz (wife Shanna Nisenbaum), aunt Alice Katz Willette, cousins Pamela Katz Ressler, Wendy Katz Hiller, Hillary Katz Gould, and Ann Sowers. He was preceded in death by his father Marshall Katz and mother Miriam Katz.
Harold’s great nephews, who loved their Uncle Harold very much, often came from Albuquerque to Lynda and Harold’s home where Harold enjoyed spending time with them talking about his family, taking long walks, teaching them to drive the various motorized vehicles on his property (golf carts, atv’s, lawnmowers), gardening with them, and walking through the countryside.
He is also beloved of Lynda’s family of cousins and their children who have taken him wholeheartedly into their fold. His Louisiana influence on the family gatherings at holidays and at the beach included fried turkeys, red beans, boudin and andouille. He will be greatly missed by all of his loved ones.
Harold spent his career as a psychologist working with developmentally disabled residents at the Hammond State School/Hammond Development Center. There he spent many years working with colleagues who both cared for and respected him. In retirement he enjoyed many years on his rural farm gardening, building, and caring for the land. He was also an avid reader who in retirement actually finished reading both David Foster Wallace’s book Infinite Jest, and James Joyce’s Ulysses. He was an animal lover predeceased by far too many dogs, cats, horses, and other livestock who awaited him at the rainbow bridge. He is also survived by his dog Maggie and cat Bernadette who also miss him very much. He was an unstinting supporter of Lynda’s career in the arts and will be missed by many in that field as well.
A celebration of Harold’s life will be take place at a later date.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made in memory of Harold to M D Anderson Cancer Center P.O. Box 4486, Houston, TX 77210-4486 or MDAnderson.org/Gifts
To view and sign the family guest book, please visit www.harrymckneely.com.