Harold M. Pacifico, age 94, of Butler, passed away Friday afternoon, December 28, 2018, at Lowrie Place.
Born in Butler on June 8, 1924, he was the son of the late Vincenzo and Gaetana Bonomo Pacifico.
He was raised in Cleveland, Ohio and was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He served in the 4th Marine Division in the South Pacific during WWII and was awarded the Purple Heart. During his service he participated in several major offensives, including the Battle of Iwo Jima. He was at the base of Mount Suribachi when some comrades on the peak raised the U.S. flag in one of the most iconic moments in American history.
Harold owned and operated Pacifico’s Upholstering Shop in Butler for many years and then managed the Red Barn Restaurant in Butler for almost 20 years.
He was a member of Saint Paul Roman Catholic Church.
Harold was a loving father and grandfather and is survived by one son, Vincent Pacifico, of Erie; three daughters, Kathleen Higgins and her husband, Michael, of Odenton, MD, Mary Spryn and her husband, John, of Butler, and Amy Cecil and her husband, Kevin, of Graham, NC; one sister, Norma Pacifico, of Butler; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and his longtime companion, Mary Louise O’Donnell, of Butler.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Vivian Vero Pacifico, who passed away June 1, 1983.
Friends will be received in the Martin Funeral Home, Inc., 429 Center Avenue, Butler, on Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday at 12 noon from Saint Paul Roman Catholic Church, 128 North McKean Street, Butler.
Entombment will follow in the family mausoleum in Calvary Cemetery.
Military Honors will be accorded at the cemetery by the Bantam Marine Corps League Detachment #743.
Saint Paul Catholic Women and Christian Mothers will meet at the church on Wednesday at 11:35 a.m. to recite the rosary.
Memorial donations are requested to the Semper Fi Fund at semperfifund.org.
The Pacifico family thanks the staff of Lowrie Place for the kind and professional care they provided to Harold.