Paul Harney, of Falmouth, Massachusetts, husband of Patricia (Patti) Burke Harney, died August 24, 2011 after a long illness, surrounded by his loving wife of 54 years and his six children.
Born in Worcester, Massachusetts, July 11, 1929, Harney came to Holy Cross in 1948 and began an outstanding golfing career, both at the collegiate and professional levels. Mentored by Holy Cross Hall of Famer Gerry Anderson and coached by Charles Donnelly, Harney's accolades would begin early. As a sophomore, he was a medalist in the New England Championship. The following year as a junior, he won the Eastern Championship at Annapolis. As a senior in 1952, he was a medalist at the NCAA Championship at Purdue University. He finished his college career with a remarkable 52-4 record.
Harney served in the U.S. Navy after graduation before joining the PGA Tour full-time in 1955. In 1957, he won the Carling Open and the Labatt Open two weeks apart and was named Golf Digest's "Most Improved Golfer" for the 1957 season. Harney pared his schedule down to part-time on the Tour in 1963 but remained competitive, winning the Los Angeles Open in 1964 and 1965. His performances in major tournament are also impressive, including a fourth place finish in the 1963 U.S. Open and four top-eight finishes in the Masters during the 1960s. He entered five Massachusetts Opens, winning all of them (in 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970 and 1977).
In 1974 Harney was named PGA Golf Professional of the Year. He was inducted into the Holy Cross Athletic Hall of Fame in 1963, was the inaugural inductee into the New England Golf Hall of Fame in 1995, and was welcomed into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame in 2005.
Paul was the son of the late Fred and Lena Harney of Worcester; brother of Fred (Florida) and Larry Harney (Florida), Trudy Ferris (New Hampshire) and Joyce Dubuque (Worcester) and devoted husband to Patricia Burke Harney. Paul is survived by his wife and six children, Christopher (Bangkok/Falmouth), Erin Abbott (Falmouth), Anne Marie (Falmouth), Timothy (Bangkok), Helene Pyne (Rye, NY) and Michael (Falmouth) and 16 grandchildren.
A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Friday, August 26th in the St. Patrick's Church, 511 Main St., Falmouth.
Burial will follow in the St. Joseph's Cemetery, Gifford Street Falmouth.
There will be no visiting hours.
If you so wish, Paul would have appreciated your support of the Holy Cross Golf Team (1 College Street, Worcester, MA 01610) or the Mary McCarthy Care Center (73 Service Road, E. Sandwich, MA 02537).