Harold Hose, affectionately known as “Tink,” passed peacefully into the Great Beyond on Friday, May 1, 2020. He had been residing at an assisted living facility in Jacksonville since August with his beloved wife, Pat.
Everyone adored Tink for his kind, compassionate, warm personality; his ready willingness to lend a hand to anyone in need; and his down-to-earth, good-natured sense of humor. He believed in living life to the fullest, and in his own words, looked forward to waking up every morning to see what the day would bring. The world is a better place for having had him for 91 years.
Tink was born August 13, 1928 in Apalachicola to June and Harold Hose. The Great Depression separated his family, and he spent the first few years of his life with his grandmother and grandfather, Pearl and Robert Coffman. Their love and teachings of reverence for the natural world inspired him for the rest of his life.
Fond memories of a childhood spent crabbing and fishing in the bay, and the laid-back lifestyle and pristine beauty of Apalachicola, were imprinted on Tink’s being. This was home, on the deepest soul level.
Tink moved to Miami to reunite with his mother, stepfather and sister, and graduated from Edison High School in 1947. His most notable high school memory was of meeting Patricia Ann at his senior prom. Their first date was on Valentine’s Day in 1948, beginning a love story that lasted for 71 years. Together, they created a rich, full life focused on family, friends, adventure, and fun.
They married in 1949, made their home in Miami, and added daughters Laurie and Valerie to the family a few years later. Tink began his career at Sheffield Steel Products loading steel onto a flatbed truck and worked his way up to vice president of the company.
In 1972 the company moved to Palatka, and Tink and Pat embarked on a new chapter of life that included a busy schedule of civic involvement and added another circle of good friends. One of his proudest career accomplishments was his company’s involvement with the Kennedy Space Center, building various structures for rockets and launch pads.
Although he was successful in his work, Tink’s greatest love was for his family, friends, the family dog, and nature. He delighted in boating, fishing, and camping, and spent many happy weekends with family and friends exploring the waters of south Florida and the Everglades. He taught his daughters to water ski, snorkel, and fish, and continued to bait their hooks for life.
A half-dozen times a year Tink piled his family into their Volkswagen Bug to make the long journey to Apalachicola, where he was replenished by the place most connected to his soul. The family travels were not limited to Apalachicola, though. Strapping a footlocker filled with camping gear to the top of the Volkswagen, the family set off on epic summer cross-country trips, visiting national parks all along the way.
In 1983, Tink retired at age 55 and fulfilled his life’s dream of returning to live in Apalachicola. He obtained his contractor’s license, and he and Pat built their home on Magnolia Bluff and added yet another circle of dear friends to their lives. Tink fished and crabbed to his heart’s content, took long cross-country camping trips with Pat, enjoyed the frequent company of dear friends and family, and lived life to the fullest. He loved all of nature, and never tired of watching the sunset over the bay every evening and waking before sunrise to greet another day.
Tink is survived by his wife and lifelong love Pat; daughter Laurel Vukovic and son-in-law Eric Setterberg; daughter Valerie Huffman; granddaughter Courtney Gabriel and husband Ty; granddaughter Casey Adams; great-grand daughters Isabella and Lily Gabriel; and great-grandson Charles Adams.
Grandson Conner Higgins preceded him in death. Tink had a deep, abiding connection with his siblings, sister June Plyler, who preceded him in death, and brother Richard DuPuis, of Islamorada. To all of the relatives and friends who Tink loved and who loved him, know that you are part of his life story for eternity.
His bright spirit will continue to illuminate our lives forever. Tink’s ashes will be returned to Apalachicola, and scattered in the bay that he loved so dearly at a later date.
Contributions can be made in Harold Hose’s name to the Franklin County Humane Society, 244 US Highway 65, Eastpoint, FL 32328.