Harry Conklin, 75, of Great Barrington, beloved lawyer, dedicated to the community

With deep sadness we announce that our wonderful Harry passed away on July 8th after a seven month illness from cancer.

Harry E. Conklin

His presence, kindness, charm and warm and warm greetings to his friends on Main Street will be greatly missed by relatives and friends of the community; always approachable and helpful without hesitation, her demeanor was calm, polite and respectful to her family, friends, opponents and strangers with great love for the many rescue pets and horses at her home on the Shunpike. The mischievous glow of his eyes and his iconic mustache will be missed forever.

Born February 11, 1946, Harry grew up in the idyllic beauty of Ashley Falls on his family’s dairy farm where he and his sister Trudy learned the values ​​of hard work, fairness and the importance of community with their parents, Bill and Vera Conklin. . Harry was a brilliant student and voracious reader, possessing a thirst for knowledge and a love of history, poetry and the law.

Encouraged by his high school teacher, Harry applied and was accepted to Columbia University, where he graduated in 1968. He enjoyed college life and living in New York City. He got free room and board because he was the only student who knew how to operate the coal stoves in the dorms! He often told stories about social unrest as well as the vast cultural offerings of that time. Progressive social mores and love of the diverse and eccentric culture were hallmarks of his career and life.

After graduating from Columbia, Harry joined the Peace Corps, spending three years in Iran working and helping the Kurdish and Persian communities as an agricultural volunteer. Upon his return to the United States, he received a law degree from Boston University (1975). Harry practiced law – with pink stationery, clogs, suspenders and a sense of constant service to all – for 40 years in and around Berkshire County. Much of his practice has been devoted to public defense, particularly in juvenile and family matters. He further served his community on the Southern Berkshire Regional School Committee, the Board of Directors of the Community Land Trust of the Southern Berkshires (for 40 years), volunteering with the Sheffield Land Trust, the Sheffield Historical Society, in helping to found Hospice Care in South Berkshire. , and much more.

Harry leaves behind his beloved wife Ali Azarva Winston and son Sergio Winston; his son Will Conklin and his daughter-in-law Amelia; and his granddaughter, the “apple of his eye”, Vera Cecelia Conklin. Harry was predeceased by his parents and sister, Gertrude Goodchild.

The family would like to thank Hospice Care of the Berkshires, especially Trish, Audrey, Erica, Lynn, for their incredibly kind and gentle care for Harry at the end of his life.

Harry was an exemplary son, brother, father, husband, stepfather and friend.

This poem was found with a four leaf clover tucked away in one of Harry’s many books:



I go out to clean the source of the pasture;

I’ll stop only to pick up the leaves

(And wait until you see the clear water, I can):

I won’t be gone for long. – You come too.

I’m going out to look for the little calf

It’s next to the mother. It’s so young

He staggers when she licks him with her tongue.

I won’t be gone for long. – You come too.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to organizations that held a special place in Harry’s heart: Community Land Trust of the Southern Berkshires, Sheffield Land Trust, Greenagers, Southern Poverty Law Center and others.

Call hours will be at Saint James Place in Great Barrington on Friday August 13 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

A Celebration of Life service will take place at Place Saint James on Saturday August 14 at 2 p.m. with a reception to follow. The reception will be food to eat with your fingers pot luck (Harry loved Lucky Jars!).

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